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Dee_MillinerNew York Jets fans still hung over from the Mark Sanchez era and the nickname “Sanchize” may roll their eyes when hear Dee Milliner’s new nickname.  Milliner, who is likely to be the most scrutinized player on the Jets roster this year not named Geno Smith, has apparently decided to embrace the moniker given to  him by MLB Demario Davis who has dubbed Milliner “Franchise”.

Now before you jump the gun and think Davis is out of line to give Milliner a nickname that you would expect to be bestowed on a player who has accomplished more than just turning in a handful of strong performances late in his rookie season, hear what he said to Seth Walder of the New York Daily News;

If he shows up, we’re going to have a great night. If he doesn’t, we’re going to struggle. But that’s just the nature of the beast and that’s why I call him the Franchise.

It seems that the nickname is related more to what the Jets need Milliner to do and not what he has done.

So this is Davis, who has become a vocal leader for this defense, sending a message to Milliner.  He’s essentially letting Milliner know just how big a piece he is in the puzzle that is Rex Ryan’s defense, and he’s right.  As it stands right now, the Jets cornerback position is a long list of question marks.  Several untested young players and an injury-prone journeyman in Dimitri Patterson.

Milliner will be the one to draw the opponets top receivers all year as he did in the pre-season opener against Colts’ WR T.Y. Hilton.  Milliner turned in a solid performance breaking up a couple of passes including Andrew Luck’s first attempt of the game.  If Milliner mirrors that type of effort and continues the stellar pay he turned in at the end of last season, it will be one less thing for Jets fans to worry about.  If he looks more the player who was benched multiple times over the season’s first three quarters, it’ll be a legitimate reason to panic.

So Milliner, the second year player and 9th overall pick out of the University of Alabama  has been challenged by Davis. Step up, and this defense can be special, or struggle and it’ll be a long year for the franchise.

 

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Franchise is probably a bit much, but I agree with the message. I have high expectations for Milliner, and he needs to meet them for the defense to be successful at all. The opposite side is clearly a question mark, his side can't be.
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I'm not quite ready to lose my mind over Patterson based on one game. I get that he has his issues, but I've not read anything that says he's not a good player when he isn't healthy. This isn't to say I'm predicting greatness, but only that I'm willing to give it a couple games before I lean one way or the other. That being said...he was absolutely HORRIBLE last night.

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I'm not quite ready to lose my mind over Patterson based on one game. I get that he has his issues, but I've not read anything that says he's not a good player when he isn't healthy. This isn't to say I'm predicting greatness, but only that I'm willing to give it a couple games before I lean one way or the other. That being said...he was absolutely HORRIBLE last night.

Not sure this is as big a deal as it looks now. Would be shocked if McDougal is not the starter or at least getting in a pile of 1st week reps. Edited by Bugg
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Not sure this is as big a deal as it looks now. Would be shocked if McDougal is not the starter or at least getting in a pile of 1st week reps.

I'd be ecstatic if he beat out a vet. The more young guys that step up and contribute, the better.

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I'm not quite ready to lose my mind over Patterson based on one game. I get that he has his issues, but I've not read anything that says he's not a good player when he isn't healthy. This isn't to say I'm predicting greatness, but only that I'm willing to give it a couple games before I lean one way or the other. That being said...he was absolutely HORRIBLE last night.

 

Not sure this is as big a deal as it looks now. Would be shocked if McDougal is not the starter or at least getting in a pile of 1st week reps.

 

Yeah, I agree. The first pass he gave up he slipped, and that can happen to anyone. The concerning thing is he didn't seem to get any better when he didn't slip.  Clearly this isn't the peak of his ability or he'd never have made it through his first NFL training camp. But Ryan, the blower upper of smoke up players' asses, even had some rare (public) criticism of Patterson as well. Could be that - as much as he was publicly ripping Patterson - it was a jab at Idzik as well, if all the rumors are to be believed that Ryan was furious with him for not nabbing DRC or similar.

 

But with anything, it was one game. A preseason game, and the first preseason game at that.

 

If each plays another game like this past one then McDougal probably turns into the frontrunner. If Patterson isn't this bad but McDougal just outplays him anyway, it really is the best scenario for this year and for the future anyhow. Patterson would be fine inside and as someone who can play outside regularly on no notice in case of injury. As long as one of them (or Walls) emerges as a worthy starter opposite Milliner, our CB depth is actually quite good now.

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