He missed the first 3 games last year as he was cut and then resigned. He was worked slowly back into the defense as a pass rush specialist, but he was quite efficient at it. With only 197 pass-rushing attempts, fifth on the team, he registered the six sacks and 16 quarterback hurries. Imagine what he could do with twice as many opportunities.
Maybin brought the dimension of speed to the Jets defense. What the coaches did was took his repertoire of moves, whatever he felt he was best at, and simplified them, so his impact could be magnified.
He has to be careful about being a guy with only one move. Obviously, having only one move will make him easy to stop.
“You need an over-under move, kind of like a crossover dribble in basketball,” Pettine said. “If you put that fear in a tackle, making him think, ‘This guy might try a crossover on me,’ you become that much more effective.”
So Maybin has been working on his footwork, planting one foot and dipping his shoulder. The Jets haven’t added any speed rushers in the offseason — No. 1 pick Quinton Coples is more power than speed — so Maybin will be the focal point in their third-down package.