A quarter of the way into the season first-round draft pick Dee Milliner is probably a little too familiar with watching the Jets from the sidelines or on television. Through the first four games Milliner has played in just over 43% of the Jets’ defensive snaps due to a benching by Rex Ryan and a hamstring injury that kept him out for Week 4. This wasn’t Gang Green’s master plan when he was taken with the ninth pick of this year’s draft.

It has been a rough start for the young cornerback who has been publicly criticized by Ryan twice — once in the preseason and once after the Jets’ 13-10 loss to the Patriots. He also has suffered two injuries as a Jet not to mention the time he spent rehabbing from offseason shoulder surgery. Unlike rookie defensive end Sheldon Richardson who has impressed thus far Milliner has been a disappointment.

“You’re going to have them type of games” Milliner said. “Yeah (when) I first started off I was struggling a little bit nothing (too) bad stuff I should have known should have known how to play.”

However Milliner said this isn’t the first time in his career that he has struggled. He compared his current situation to when he first arrived at Alabama as a true freshman and was a little overwhelmed by the speed of the game.

“(I was) new on the block. Getting acquainted with everything” Milliner said. “It was difficult to begin with at times sort of the same thing right here. When you first start off you want to do good but unfortunately that was a rough time right there.”

Milliner’s former defensive backs coach at Alabama Jeremy Pruitt — now the defensive coordinator at Florida State — said he couldn’t specifically recall how much Milliner struggled his freshman year but has plenty of confidence that the rookie will eventually work through his early troubles. “I don’t remember any details of it. I’m sure he’s not the first person that’s ever struggled early on in his career” Pruitt said. “The thing about Dee is he’s made of the right stuff will keep grinding at it. He’s such a high character person (he’ll) find a way to make himself into a pro.”

The key for Milliner getting on track at Alabama was that he got reps something he has been short on with the Jets. “Over time getting acquainted with everything going through reps. You know what’s going on” Milliner said. “So finally when you’re out there you’re used to it and you’re moving right along with the pace.”