Cornerback Dee Milliner finally backed up some of his “best” talk with a rather strong performance to open up the preseason. The New York Jets‘ second-year defender had a pretty solid game that saw him display his speed on defense and use his keen abilities to disrupt passes. Milliner almost had an interception, and all things considered, he showed he has indeed picked up where he left off last season.
Of course, this is just the first of several meaningless preseason games that don’t contribute anything except for shaking off some rust. When the games start to matter come the regular season, that will be the true test to see just how good Milliner will be. Head coach Rex Ryan has praised Milliner’s efforts in training camp and loved what he saw against the Indianapolis Colts. If your head coach believes in your ability, then you know you’re headed in the right direction.
It’s hopefully a small sample size of bigger things to come for what Milliner plans to do this upcoming season.
There is nothing wrong with having confidence in yourself as an athlete, but it’s another thing to be vocal about it. It’s always better to avoid that double-edged sword and keep it to yourself, be humble and leave it all on the field. Many believe that since respect is earned, Milliner jumped the gun a bit with his statements. However, he did indeed back it up against the Colts.
With no Darrelle Revis or Antonio Cromartie in town anymore, Milliner will need to keep having strong games to back his talk up. If he is successful, the Jets will win plenty of football games and in the end, everyone will reap the benefits. One of the Jets’ only weaknesses that could be seriously is their defensive secondary, but maybe it might not be an Achilles’ heel after all.
That is, of course, if Milliner can live up to the hype he’s created.
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