With two games as a pro under his belt, it's been a shaky start for New York Jets cornerback Dee Milliner. In Gang Green's season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, wide receiver Mike Williams victimized the former Alabama Crimson Tide star in the first half, before the young defensive back settled in and shook his first half jitters.
In Week 2 against the archrival New England Patriots, Milliner missed several defensive assignments and was benched by head coach Rex Ryan. Heading into Sunday's clash with the Buffalo Bills, Ryan stopped short of guaranteeing Miller a place in the starting lineup. "Dee's going to be an active part," said Ryan. "Is he a starter? He'll be starting in some capacity, I'm sure. But I'm not ready to say he's definitely going to be starting."
While Milliner hasn't completely lost the trust of his coaching staff, his mental errors in coverage and lack of sound technique have forced the Jets' to turn to more experienced corners like Kyle Wilson. Taken with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2013 draft, Milliner immediately drew comparisons to Darrelle Revis who was shipped to Tampa in exchange for a first round pick that ended up bringing the Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.
While Milliner strives to be New York's next shutdown corner, the NFL newcomer has hit a minor bump in the road that will test his mettle to reach his potential.
"Well, yeah, Dee's going to be in there," said Ryan. "It's not like Dee's sitting there riding the pine forever. That's not the case."