Despite three benchings in his rookie year of 2013 before coming on strong,
"The best corner in the league? Me," he said. "I ain't gonna say that somebody else is better than me."
Not Darrelle Revis. Not Richard Sherman. Not Patrick Peterson. Not Joe Haden. Dee Milliner.
"Don't care if they've been in the league 10 years and I've been here five months," Milliner added. "That's how it's going to go. I'm the best."
Milliner did earn Defensive Rookie of the Month honors last December.
With the No. 80 pick in the NFL Draft, the
He is coming off a season-ending shoulder injury after just three games in college, but he should be a situational player for the Jets as a rookie and play on special teams. He will likely be the No. 3 cornerback at best for the Jets behind
With Antonio Cromartie gone, the
Milliner said he can handle the job.
"Yes I do," Milliner said. "I've got to go out there and take it as, 'I'm the No. 1 guy, step up.'"
Milliner said he hopes he can continue playing at the level he showed at the end of the season, when he had three interceptions in the final two games of the year. Milliner wants not just to be the top cornerback on the Jets in 2014, but said he hopes to shadow whoever the opponent's top receiver is throughout each game.
"Yeah I want to do that because the best receivers are going to get the ball, and you want balls thrown at you so you can make more plays on the ball," he said.
What appeared at first to be a disastrous first draft pick in 2013 provided the
Milliner, who was benched twice during a tough first half of the year, shut down NFL leading receiver Josh Gordon in Week 16 with six pass breakups, and top Miami wideout Mike Wallace in the following game, registering three interceptions along the way.
The first-round pick not only contributed to keeping Browns prolific wideout Josh Gordon out of the end zone, but he snagged his first career interception to halt a drive six minutes into the second half. He also led his team with a season-high nine tackles, eight solos and five passes defensed.
|P2||8/16/14||@ CIN||7:00 pm|
|P4||8/28/14||@ PHI||7:00 pm|
|2||9/14/14||@ GB||4:25 pm|
|5||10/5/14||@ SD||4:25 pm|
|7||10/16/14||@ NE||8:25 pm|
|9||11/2/14||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/23/14||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|14||12/7/14||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|15||12/14/14||@ TEN||4:05 pm|
|17||12/28/14||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|2013||New York Jets||13||56||45.0||11||0||3||31||10.3||19||0||17|