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Aaron Maybin is Working Hard and It’s Paying Off

By Alan Schechter

July 30, 2012; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets defensive end Aaron Maybin (51) at the New York Jets practice. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE

Aaron Maybin feels that neither he, nor the Jets have a ceiling on how good they could be in 2012, and he is making the effort to get there.

So much so, that the other day in practice, Maybin put a rush on Mark Sanchez and was working so hard that he barely was able to follow the “no contact” rule that comes with the red QB jersey. Rex Ryan even had to have a chat with him during the team meal:

“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.”

Aaron’s quest to earn playing time seems to be paying off, as he estimates that he is in an extra 8-9 packages so far in camp, which includes an extended role on second down. Last year, as we know, Maybin was primarily a third down pass rush specialist. That is about to change.

Maybin reflected on his past when talking about the satisfaction he has felt in this training camp:

“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.”

We are happy to see this, and if you read his site you know why. The J-E-T Press also sees no ceiling for Maybin, and is projecting 10-15 sacks for Aaron. Can’t wait to see him take the field.