Heading into training camp, 2017 second-round draft pick Marcus Maye, safety out of Florida, will be looking to make an immediate impact on the New York Jets alongside fellow rookie safety Jamal Adams.
Marcus Maye, a Florida Gator product and a 2017 second-round draft pick by the New York Jets, is projected to man the duties of free safety. With Gang Green’s immense roster purge striking numerous victims such as Darrelle Revis, Brandon Marshall, Marcus Gilchrist and many others, the newly created vacant roster spots pave the way for rookies such as Maye to gain opportunities to make an immediate impact on the first-team defense.
Alongside Jamal Adams, the team’s first-round selection in the 2017 Draft, Gang Green could potentially have not only one of the leagues toughest safety tandems but a young, strong and fast one two punch at the safety positions for years to come. Here’s a complete training camp profile on Maye.
2016 SEASON REVIEW
Maye is currently entering his rookie season with the Jets. A Florida Gator product, Maye tallied up 50 tackles, one interception, one sack, and four pass breakups during nine games of his senior year in 2016. Maye suffered a season-ending shoulder surgery his last year at Florida. A versatile athlete for the Gators, Maye manned the safety position while also becoming a key player for the Gators on special teams. He finished his career with the Gators recording a career 205 tackles, five interceptions, 21 passes defended, 6.5 tackles for a loss and six forced-fumbles in four seasons.
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2017 SEASON OUTLOOK
Every Jets fan wants nothing more but to see one winning year, one playoff run, no more 4-12, 5-11, or 6-10 seasons.
The Jets have ultimately cleared house and begun the rebuilding process of bringing in the youth movement. While the 2017 season doesn’t seem promising, the future of this team is surely bright.
Maye has been wearing a red no-contact jersey throughout spring and worked hand in hand with fellow rookie Adams on the first-team defense. Maye also reportedly roomed with Adams during the offseason and both continuously communicate with each other on defense and have each picked up the defensive system well in the class room. If Maye can continue to improve throughout the offseason leading up to Week 1, he could very well be the Jets starting free safety.
TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION
Mayes true competition in earning the title of starter at free safety was Marcus Gilchrist who has been released. The path for immediate impact has been paved for Maye as long as he continues to improve his game and exceed the expectations of his coaches. Currently, Maye is projected to start at safety along side Adams, as long as the rookie safety doesn’t disappoint during the preseason, those projections will become reality. Pay close attention to Maye during the rest of the offseason activities as I expect him to be our Week 1 starting free safety.