Dee Milliner's struggles prove costly in loss

Once again this season New York Jets cornerback Dee Milliner did not perform up to expectations. After coming up with a big fourth down stop early in the game, Milliner could not carry the momentum as he was benched in the second half.

Dee Milliner's rollercoaster season continued on Sunday as he struggled to maintain his high level of play. After breaking up a potentially dangerous fourth down conversion, Milliner let up a couple of big plays to Brian Hartline and Mike Wallace. Both big plays went for touchdowns, with Wallace's touchdown ultimately being the dagger to end Gang Green's comeback chance.

When Milliner was on the field, it seemed as if every pass headed his way. Having been the weak point of the secondary all season, Milliner expected to be targeted.

"We knew he (Tannehill) was going to do that," admitted Milliner. "He's been playing good lately. We knew he was going to come out there with (Brian) Hartline doing some quick comebacks, hitches, and stuff like that and that's exactly what he did."

The Tannehill-Hartline tandem was in full effect Sunday afternoon as Milliner could not stop the dynamic receiving duo. He was struggling so much that Rex Ryan opted to bench the rookie corner two separate times on Sunday.

"I'm going to continue to play (and) continue to work, get better each day. I figure that's all I can do," noted Milliner.

Even though Milliner is only a rookie, he has plenty of time to develop and grow into his role.

As New York's top draft pick in this year he was expected to come in and fill a gaping hole in the Jets' secondary. His poor performances this season are stacking up, proving that he has not lived up to the expectations put upon him.

"No, not really," said Milliner on if he expected to struggle this much in his rookie season. "I just wanted to come in and try to get some games in front of me to play (and) try to help the team out the best way I can. I've been struggling here but, you know how it is, (I've) just got to get over it."

With his rookie season coming to an end and just four games remaining, Milliner cannot afford to continue to flounder. New York is still in the hunt for the final Wildcard spot in the AFC, despite losing to Miami. As the importance of each game rises, so too does the level of intensity and Milliner needs to finish this season strong to help his team reach playoffs for the first time since 2010.


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