Whether you were in attendance Sunday afternoon, or you watched the game on television, you witnessed a Dee Milliner sighting. Josh Gordon never made a significant impact on the game, and a lot of that had to do with the coverage by Dee Milliner. He was stuck like glue to Gordon all day long, and never let Gordon get going.
How good was his performance? The answers come from our friends Pro Football Focus.
First, he posted his highest overall grade of the season, with a 2.3. That grade was good for second highest on the defense in the battle against the Browns. He also tied for the highest pass coverage grade for the week with 1.9.
He was credited with defending two passes, although if you watched the game, they weren’t looking at the same game, as it seemed as if Milliner had defended at least four passes. I can’t imagine anyone being disappointed when he finally recorded an interception.
He was targeted 18 times, and receivers caught 10 passes against Dee for 113 yards, no touchdowns and the one interception. For the game, Campbell posted a 51.4 passer rating against Dee Milliner when he threw his way.
Milliner really made his big impact against Josh Gordon. Gordon was targeted 12 times , with only five catches for 73 yards. That is THE way to hold down a standout wide receiver.
Maybe Milliner isn’t a bust after all.