Aaron Maybin Calls Reggie Bush a Top Threat


Aug 15, 2012; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets linebacker Aaron Maybin (51) looks on during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE

Off of the rough outing in Pittsburgh last Sunday, next up is a divisional matchup with the Miami Dolphins. This will not be an easy test for the New York Jets, as the Dolphins are coming off a victory against the Raiders where they put up 35 points. Reggie Bush was the biggest threat last week, rushing the ball 26 times for 172 yards and 2 TDs. That threat has not been lost on linebacker Aaron Maybin. Here is what he had to say about him:

When you have a player with the kind of talent of Reggie, he’s a threat to score every time he touches the ball. There aren’t too many players that fit that description walking around in the NFL. You have Chris Johnson, Reggie Bush, there are very few (who can do that), especially at the running back position. At receiver you have Calvin (Johnson) and the guys out in New England, but when you see that at the running back position, it changes the way a defense has to defend against those teams. He’s definitely a guy that in your game plan, you definitely know where he is when he comes on the field.

That’s some pretty high praise for Bush, to put him in a class with those guys. There is nothing wrong with it, a health respect for a guy means they are going to know where he is, and key on stopping him. Good idea, because good speed runners like Bush have given the Jets fits in the past.

Here is what Maybin had to say about the offense of the Dolphins in general:

Miami is a very high-tempo offense right now. Going down, playing that game in their house, away, in that kind of heat presents the issue of making sure that everybody is in shape and everybody is hydrated. Making that trip from up north down south, that’s the one thing that guys usually struggle with, the humidity difference and being able to adjust to that. They have a lot of the same guys returning from last year that we’ve seen before. We know that they can run the ball very well. They have a young guy there at quarterback that has a lot of talent. As far as the receivers, they still have some guys that are emerging as their go-to guys. We know who their running back is. We know him inside and out. He’s a guy we’ve played against for some time now. We’re excited. We still have to go in and do the official cut ups of the film. We did a lot of evaluation of our film from yesterday this morning. From here on out, we will be diving into the Miami film and seeing what we can find in there to give us an edge.

Hopefully, this will translate into finally seeing Maybin in the defensive box score this week. He has been a forgotten man so far.