Maybin trying to shed bust label as pass rusher with Jets

Jets outside linebacker/situational-pass rusher Aaron Maybin has three sacks since coming to the Jets. That’s three more than he had in two seasons with the Bills, which is why he was released this preseason.

Buffalo couldn’t figure out what to do with the 2009 first-round draft pick. The Jets apparently have. Sunday, Maybin has a chance to show the Bills that he actually can play when New York and Buffalo square off in what could end up being a very important AFC East game.

Maybin told reporters that he’s had this game circled since catching on with the Jets — for the second time in just over a month — in late September. That’s usually how it goes when a player faces an old team, especially one that brought him into the league and bailed on him when he deservedly earned being let go.

Jets coach Rex Ryan is wise enough to know when to exploit any form of motivation — as we saw when he startedLaDainian Tomlinson against the Chargers in Week 7. Ryan also knows how to coach defense and create matchup advantages. That’s what he’s done with the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Maybin, a speedy pass rusher too slight to play every down.

Maybin is incredibly explosive rushing off the edge and if he simply has to beat a running back or other less athletic impediment, he’s got a chance, as long as he doesn’t have to fully engage. Although he still has a lot of room to improve, Maybin’s development as a pass rusher is encouraging. Besides the three sacks, he also has three forced fumbles, which is a trademark stat tracked by coaches when it comes to pass rushers.

Where Ryan and Maybin have to be wary is not to get burned by the player’s exuberance. The Bills have allowed just nine sacks — second fewest in the NFL — and Buffalo coach Chan Gailey is equally adept at exploiting matchups. Gailey could very easily give New York certain passing looks when Maybin is on the field and run or screen right at him.

The key for Maybin and the Jets will be to play with a lead, or at least stay close with the Bills. If they get behind, then Buffalo will turn Fred Jackson loose and run the ball to kill the clock. That will keep Maybin off the field. Plus, if New York has to throw in an effort to rally, it will face the NFL’s No. 1 team in terms of interceptions (14).

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