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Aaron Maybin - thoughts?

Full disclosure:  I'm a Bills fan...  The Bills didn't see Maybin fit to make their roster because of his lack of fitting into the traditional 3-4 defense.  Maybin struggled greatly with setting the edge as a 3-4 OLB and getting pressure on the QB because the tackles were manhandling him.

In training camp this year, OT Wang (from Virigina Tech) all but shut Maybin down in one on one drills.  Wang isn't even in the NFL now so his capabilities as a 3-4 OLB as severely limited to pass rush situations only.

So that takes us to his pass rushing skills (why he was drafted of course).  The major problem with Maybin is he tries to just run around the tackles.  I watched Maybin in his pass rushing last night and he displayed his one pass rush move that he has (speed).  On his sack, he was manhandled by McKinnie.  McKinnie simply gave up on Maybin.  Flacco (is he had an internal clock) should have gotten rid of the ball before Maybin got to him.

I've been reading on the Jets boards that he got a ton of pressure.  I really didn't see it.  It looked like he ran 10 yards into the backfield then got beat up by the tackle when he finally tried to close in on the QB.  Getting into the backfield isn't pressure.

One thing is for certain, the kid is fast.  Really fast.  But his lack of moves, severely limit him to pass downs only and his "go around the tackle" creates a HUGE hole in the offensive line.  Look for draw plays when Maybin is in because he really can't stop it and has no strength to battle tackles.  He also has no change of direction speed to handle coverage responsibilities.

I know the Jets community is getting excited about Maybin but, for your own sanity, temper those expectations.  The Bills (with an even worst pass rush than the Jets) gave up on him for a reason...

I know I'm "Debbie Downer" here but I'd love to hear what Jets nation has seen from Maybin.  Do you think he can fill the pass rush need that your team craves?  What have you heard from practice, coaches & teammates about him?  I'm very interested to see how Maybin develops under the defensive mind of Rex.


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