As we approach the 2016 season, we are going to profile the players on the roster. Today we look at Dee Milliner.
Name: Dee Milliner
Year With Jets: 4th
Projected Role: Possibly competing for second cornerback spot; could be fourth cornerback
His 2015: Recovering from an Achilles injury, the Jets made life easy on Milliner by signing three cornerbacks in the offseason. Milliner could recover at his own pace, take on a dime role, and establish himself in the NFL with limited snaps and relatively easy matchups. Instead, Milliner hurt his wrist in training camp, which sent him to short-term IR. When he returned, he could not get onto the field for a single defensive snap. He couldn't even convince the coaching staff to put him on the field over Darrin Walls when the team suffered injuries at the cornerback position. Meanwhile, Marcus Williams ended up being the young corner to establish himself in that dime role.
2016 will be a success if: Milliner becomes a productive starter. There really aren't any more excuses. He is in his fourth year. He didn't spend his offseason rehabbing a serious injury. If it doesn't happen now, when it is going to happen? I can't remember the last time I was as down on a player as I am on Milliner. I know a lot of the injury stuff isn't his fault. We just have seen so little from him. He has barely gotten onto the field, and aside from a solid two game stretch in 2013, the results have been pretty rough in the limited instances he has been on the field. Since the cap hit is roughly equal whether he is on the team or not, it is conceivable the Jets could view him as a sunk cost and cut him if he doesn't show enough in practice and the rest of the preseason.
Odds of making the roster: Probable (75-99%)