It may be unfair, but young men in their early 20s are expected to become immediate impact players in the NFL. When given millions at a young age with expectations of performing at a high level, they should do their best in fulfilling their obligations as a professional. New York Jets cornerback Dee Milliner was taken ninth overall in this year’s draft. He came with a positive outlook while showing great potential.
Darrelle Revis’ departure created a large void at cornerback. Antonio Cromartie played so well, only to play poorly for most of 2013 while getting burned. Kyle Wilson still looks undisciplined at times but brings plenty of potential. There have been some nice contributions by Darren Walls at defensive back.
Milliner’s first season has led to him being benched twice. Jets head coach Rex Ryan’s method of teaching includes learning on the job one day and also through observation from the bench. A recent press conference showed that the head coach still believes in his young player. “He’s close to being that player that we want,” Ryan said Wednesday.
“I will say this: By the time the season’s over, I think he will be the best rookie corner and playing better than any rookie corner in this year’s draft.” Against the Saints, the Jets will need to lock down this high-powered offense.