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    Jets' Aaron Maybin seeking more playing time and more success in second season

    Published: Saturday, August 04, 2012, 5:30 AM

    By Jenny Vrentas

    CORTLAND, N.Y. — Mark Sanchez had a matter of seconds to get the ball off, before the newly implemented buzzer expired. But before either could happen on the practice field earlier this week, Aaron Maybin came charging toward the Jets quarterback, looming over him with barely enough space to protect the sanctity of the red non-contact jersey.

    A few hours later, in the university cafeteria, coach Rex Ryan pulled Maybin aside to deliver a message: Love the effort, but……

    “I got a little bit too close to ‘The Sanchize’ and scared everybody,” Maybin recalled with a laugh. “He started scrambling and you know me, I don’t like that whole quarterbacks-running-around type deal. I like letting them know that they would have got got.”

    Maybin doesn’t get along too well with the “slow down” button, as he puts it, and that’s generally a good thing.

    In a week of training camp, the Jets linebacker has performed like a heat-seeking missile — even if he sometimes gets a bit too close to the quarterbacks for comfort. He has recorded four “sacks” in team drills, all the while hoping to convince the coaches he deserves more playing time outside of the pass-rush specialist niche he thrived in last season.

    In Ryan’s mind, he has already earned it.

    “I don’t think there’s any doubt,” Ryan said.

    Maybin estimates he’s part of eight or nine more defensive packages than last season. Since the Jets brought him back in Week 4 last year, he has been teed up for passing situations, but he said he has seen an increase in his role on some of the second-down calls.

    He’s also being tried at different spots on the field, in keeping with the Jets’ objective to confuse opposing offenses. Maybin says he’ll line up outside, at middle linebacker or even stem — i.e. move before the snap — from the three-technique, on the outside shoulder of the guard.

    “It confuses the offense a little bit, and it kind of opens up some things for you,” Maybin said. “Any time you give the offense a look they are not used to, sometimes there is a little bit of leakage that goes on. I am looking to take advantage of that.”

    Maybin was the Jets’ sack leader last year, recording six in just 13 games. He believes there is “no ceiling” this season for both himself and the Jets defense. He added weight this offseason (he’s currently 245 pounds), in order to play on more downs. He’s even working as a gunner on special teams, shrugging, “I’m pretty fast, so it’s working out pretty well.”

    As he happily sees his role expanding, Maybin remembers what a difference a year makes. Last August, he was released by the Bills, two years after they drafted him No. 11 overall.

    “It is hard to say that you are satisfied, but I am saying this is probably the most fun I’ve had in a training camp in my career,” said Maybin, who is entering his fourth season. “You have people that see all the extra work you are putting in; you don’t feel like it is going unnoticed. That’s the one thing I can say is rewarding, because I can’t always say that I felt that way.”

    The Penn State product is also driven by his desire to be a positive example, and a resource, for younger Penn Staters — particularly in the wake of the sex-abuse scandal that has rocked the university. The NCAA handed down extensive sanctions to the football program, which Maybin called “unfortunate.”

    On the first night of training camp, Maybin stood up in the team meeting and asked his teammates to go ahead and get out any critical comments about his alma mater, and then drop the issue. His hope is to be a support system for some of the current students and players at Penn State, who are trying to make sense of their futures during a surreal and transformative period for the school.

    “It is a really ugly situation … it’s something that’s going to take a while for the dust to kind of clear,” Maybin said. “It’s always been important to me to represent the school in a certain light, and that hasn’t changed.”

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    Can't help but like this guy. He got a second chance and has taken full advantage. Hoping for big things from him this year.

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    There was a lot of debate (when isn't there?!) when it was reported he put on weight. Some said he "couldn't do it" and others said it would slow him down, taking away his best asset.

    It would appear neither concern was valid (fingers crossed) and he's put himself in position for a breakout season . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDNYjets View Post
    Can't help but like this guy. He got a second chance and has taken full advantage. Hoping for big things from him this year.
    I can't help but to wonder... Did he even get a first chance with the Bills? By most accounts, they were trying to make him into something he wasn't. And by the way... another great read from Jenny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Blast View Post
    I can't help but to wonder... Did he even get a first chance with the Bills? By most accounts, they were trying to make him into something he wasn't.
    I'm not sure. Something was definitely off there. I think both sides share some blame.

    Their loss is our gain.

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    Well look at that. An article about a Jets football player that is actually about football. Refreshing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Blast View Post
    I can't help but to wonder... Did he even get a first chance with the Bills? By most accounts, they were trying to make him into something he wasn't. And by the way... another great read from Jenny.
    Agree! I was also going to mention that.

    Something tells me Jenny won't be around many more seasons..She'll be moving up and on, unfortunately for us Jet fans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDNYjets View Post
    Can't help but like this guy. He got a second chance and has taken full advantage. Hoping for big things from him this year.
    Whether he came into the league with a "I'm a first rd pick" attitude or not, good for him that he turned it around. Productive edge rushers are valued highly and he will be rewarded for his efforts in March. If Sapp shows similar
    effort the jets may have a nice duo this year opposite coples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDNYjets View Post
    Can't help but like this guy. He got a second chance and has taken full advantage. Hoping for big things from him this year.
    He really seems to do everything you could ask for as a fan.

    I definitely think he's going to open some eyes this year.

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    Let's go Mayhem! 10 sacks this season!

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    Quote Originally Posted by C Mart View Post
    Agree! I was also going to mention that.

    Something tells me Jenny won't be around many more seasons..She'll be moving up and on, unfortunately for us Jet fans.
    Same as Manish, who was great at the Ledger.

    Jenny will move on at some point within a couple of years.... and I'm sure the editors there will replace her with another good writer.

    I think the editors deserve some credit for ensuring the Jets are covered fairly, unlike the NY papers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimitri_0515 View Post
    Let's go Mayhem! 10 sacks this season!
    I would honestly be disappointed if he only got 10 sacks. I'm not joking. He had that crazed dog look last year! Can't wait.

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    I see double digit sacks as well from Maybin. I love his quote about not getting along with the "slow down" button. What is key with a guy like him is to be playing with a lead or 3rd and long, which would be nice to do a little more of this year. Look at the Colts with Freeney and Mathis. Manning gets them a lead and then it's ears pinned back and get after the QB. They are a different animal when they trail as we saw last year. Of course we don't have that kind of offense but there is no reason to think we can't play with a lead more often. I hope I'm right but I see the days of us having no consistent pass rush gone very soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMikeIsHot View Post
    Same as Manish, who was great at the Ledger.

    Jenny will move on at some point within a couple of years.... and I'm sure the editors there will replace her with another good writer.

    I think the editors deserve some credit for ensuring the Jets are covered fairly, unlike the NY papers.
    I'm just hoping wherever Jenny goes she doesn't turn into Manish and stays true to her talents. Manish, probably at the request/demand of his DN editors, is so different now as a "reporter" compared to his Ledger days.

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    There's no question in my mind that Buffalo dropped the ball on this guy.

    Not sure where the blame falls but it probably started with Dick Jauron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jordy View Post
    There's no question in my mind that Buffalo dropped the ball on this guy.

    Not sure where the blame falls but it probably started with Dick Jauron.
    I don't know how true that is. Some of the blame I'm sure lands on the coaching staff... and Buffalo probably did give up on him a little too early, but I feel like he might have needed that.

    And I think Rex has been and will continue to be an important part of Maybin realizing his potential.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumrunner View Post
    I see double digit sacks as well from Maybin. I love his quote about not getting along with the "slow down" button. What is key with a guy like him is to be playing with a lead or 3rd and long, which would be nice to do a little more of this year. Look at the Colts with Freeney and Mathis. Manning gets them a lead and then it's ears pinned back and get after the QB. They are a different animal when they trail as we saw last year. Of course we don't have that kind of offense but there is no reason to think we can't play with a lead more often. I hope I'm right but I see the days of us having no consistent pass rush gone very soon.
    Good article. I can't but help admire this guy's effort and character. Expect double digit sacks from him this year. And marry me Jenny. Forget about the Hotties thrread on JI baby

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    What amazes me most about him not working out at Buffalo (or any team for that matter) is he doesnt lack effort, character, or drive, which are the most important characteristics a player can have.

    Its also more then coaching, its the whole organization who fails in a situation like this, which is why it bothers me so much when Tanny and Rex take so much heat on this board. No coach or GM is perfect....but is there a single guy we have dumped that excelled somewhere else (and please don't say kerry rhodes)? Rex is a lot of things, and there are areas where he can improve, but he gets the most out of his players. The fact that buffalo couldn't find a spot for a high character, high motor, player is embarrassing for them, and why they suck.

    Anyway, I hope we are have some numbers in mind to potentially lock him up early if he really does build on last year. I don't want him to get to FA and run the chance of a team stepping in and making a ridiculous offer, that would be awful.

    Side note - lets hope we have found the next maybin in sapp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMikeIsHot View Post
    I don't know how true that is. Some of the blame I'm sure lands on the coaching staff... and Buffalo probably did give up on him a little too early, but I feel like he might have needed that.

    And I think Rex has been and will continue to be an important part of Maybin realizing his potential.
    I am so tired of all the REX WILL GET IT FROM HIM talk. like he did with Gholsten? Rex is barely a 500 coach with no REAL track record to substantiate above average personnel skills.

    There was basically a mutiny last year.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by southparkcpa View Post
    I am so tired of all the REX WILL GET IT FROM HIM talk. like he did with Gholsten? Rex is barely a 500 coach with no REAL track record to substantiate above average personnel skills.

    There was basically a mutiny last year.......
    Your anger is unnecessary.

    Gholston was not his pick. He tried to make the best of the situation and there was nothing he -- or anybody -- could do about Gholston. The guy sucks. So you're going to blame Rex for that?

    Like him or not... and I doubt you'll actually agree or admit you're wrong... Rex has a history of developing defensive talent. He's done it everywhere he's been and I think he's doing it here with Maybin.

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