The New York Jets rounded out their 2013 season by ending the playoff hopes of the Miami Dolphins. With Rex Ryan's tenor as head coach hanging in the balance prior to the game, the team rallied together to get the win, ultimately saving their coach from being dismissed. The 20-7 win on the road came along with great play from the Jets, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
During the win, Gang Green's rookie cornerback, Dee Milliner, had one of the best games of his young career. The first year player out of Alabama recorded two interceptions on the day, helping the Jets get a road win in Miami. His two interceptions increased his season total to three as well as having a career high in interceptions in a game. He was able to shut down the Dolphins' top receiver, Mike Wallace, and he seemed to be involved in every stop on defense.
Milliner had an up and down rookie season as he adjusted to the speed of play in the NFL. After missing most of the preseason activities with the team, Milliner started off the season rusty. After shaking off the rust halfway through the season, No. 27 showed Jets fans why he was the team's first pick in the 2013 draft.
Milliner's progression throughout the season was slower than many expected, but he rapidly increased his level of play after the bye week. Although he was benched multiple times over the course of the year, Milliner proved to be an important part of the Jets' defense. His strongest play came when he was matched-up against the opposing team's top receiver, where he shined in the limelight and locked down his contender.
Heading into next season, his high level of play towards the end of the season provided great hopes for the young, rising corner. Jets Nation should feel comfortable with the return of Milliner for his second professional season, as he looks to build off of his late success in his rookie season.