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Thursday, December 5, 2013
Green Day: Milliner searching for INT

By Matt Ehalt

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Although he's missed several recent opportunities to haul in the first interception of his career, Jets rookie cornerback Dee Milliner said it builds confidence. He's put himself in the right spot, which allows him to potentially make those game-altering plays.

Yet, there's still something eating at him.

"I need one of them," Milliner said. "I need to get one of them."

As Milliner battles through rookie struggles, which has led to him being benched three times this season, he's still in search of his first interception. The Jets drafted Milliner with their first pick in the first round, No. 9 overall, but he hasn't been able to force a turnover yet in his young career.

"You'll feel better," Milliner said of getting an interception. "Let you know you did all the right things and you had a play to help the team."

A lack of interceptions has been a problem for the entire Jets secondary, not just Milliner. The team has just seven thus far, with Antonio Cromartie leading the way with three. The Jets are one of the league's best defenses, but they have struggled this season to create turnovers.

Milliner, who has been a disappointment thus far, could use a boost to help him finish his season strong. The Jets are hoping he will be a longtime starter on the outside, but he's looked overmatched in certain games, which has led to him being benched those three times.

In Sunday's loss to Miami, an interception could have gone a long way in changing the momentum of the game. The Jets' offense was struggling to move the ball, and the defense could have galvanized the team with a big play. Milliner had a chance early but couldn't come away with an interception.

He's hoping he'll have better success if the ball comes his way in the following few weeks.

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