Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/7/14
Dee Milliner has earned himself a new nickname. It was started by linebacker Demario Davis and has spread to some members of the secondary. They call the second-year cornerback “Franchise.” Milliner laughed at the mention of his new title and said he has no choice but to embrace it. But while it may seem like all fun, Davis is completely serious. “He’s the franchise player. Him not showing up is like KD not showing up,” Davis said, referring to Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant. “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.” No pressure, huh? But instead of pretending that pressure on Milliner doesn’t exist, the cornerback and his teammates are trying to use it as motivation. The former first-round pick himself agreed that the success of the defense hinges on his own performance more than anyone. “I know I’m going to be on the top receivers, the best receivers on the team,” Milliner said. “If I can stop the best guy, I know they’re going to try to get the ball to him. If I can prevent some big plays from happening we can be a great defense and a great team.” Defensive backs coach Tim McDonald stressed that Milliner needs to focus on the technical aspects of the job.
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