Dec 29, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets cornerback Dee Milliner (left) celebrates his interception catch with teammate New York Jets strong safety Dawan Landry (right) during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
And the “props” continue to roll in for the Jets’ young cornerback, Dee Milliner.
The NFL has acknowledged Dee’s improved play once again, naming him the AFC defensive rookie of the month for the month of December. Dee is the first player to recorded back to back games with five or more passes defended since 1994.
Take into account who he was taking on, and it is that much more impressive. He recorded six passes defended and one interception against Cleveland, while primarily guarding Josh Gordon. And in the final game against the Miami Dolphins, his primary responsibility was Mike Wallace, and Milliner was great. Five more passes defended and two interceptions marked a great ending to the season.
His improvement seems to have coincided with the arrival of Ed Reed, as his played stepped up tenfold since then. Whatever the reason, it’s nice to see Milliner finding his way, setting up some good feelings heading into 2014.