Dee Milliner and Dexter McDougle Injures Spell Big Trouble For New York Jets

By Vinny Lanni
Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

As if the cornerback position wasn’t already a weakness on the New York Jets‘ roster, things just got a heck of a lot worse.

After Sunday’s practice it was announced that Dee Milliner suffered a high-ankle sprain and rookie CB Dexter McDougle has a torn ACL and will be out for the season. Mastermind Rex Ryan better have an ace up his sleeve before the season starts or NFL offenses are going to have a lot of fun throwing on new No. 1 corner Dimitri Patterson.

If I was GM John Idzik I would be on the phone making calls to every single NFL team that has a surplus of cornerbacks. The Jets have a great front-line on defense, but with Ryan’s blitz schemes it often leaves the corners on an island with little to no help. If the Jets have no corners that means a water-downed pass push, extra help over the top and all of that takes the Jets out of their element.

Andrew Luck had a lot of success against the Jets in the first preseason game, and that was with Milliner and McDougle healthy on the roster. If the Jets are forced to start Patterson, who struggled mightily in that same preseason game I might add, it’s not going to be easy for them this season. This injury has a trickle down effect on all of the other players on the team. No help for the corners means more pressure on the defense and more pressure on the offense to put up a lot of points.

We know that McDougle is gone for the year and the time table for Milliner is not official yet, but many believe that he will be out for a few weeks. These injuries are another curve ball that the Jets will have to deal with as they prepares for Week 2 of the preseason.

Vinny Lanni is a New York Jets writer for He also adds to the site’s NBA, MLB and NFL content. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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