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All eyes on the quiet yet strong play of Marcus Maye

By Luis Tirado Jr.
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 08: Marcus Maye #26 of the New York Jets makes an interception against the Cleveland Browns in the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 08: Marcus Maye #26 of the New York Jets makes an interception against the Cleveland Browns in the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets knew that in order to keep up with how much of a passing league the NFL has turned into, they needed to bolster their defensive secondary in this year’s draft. All eyes are on safety Marcus Maye as he continues to play at a high level.

When the New York Jets drafted back-to-back safeties in the 2017 NFL Draft, it was a calculated decision made by general manager Mike Maccagnan. The truth of the matter is that the NFL has turned into such a passing league, if you don’t have a stout defensive secondary, you will almost always be on the outside looking in. Even though rookie safety Jamal Adams continues to play at such a high level, his partner in crime Marcus Maye also has a hand in the success so far of the Jets this season.

At this point in time, the Jets are 3-2 and have continued to surprise the football world. Let’s face it, nobody thought the Jets would win a single game this season, let alone three. This is a team that is rebuilding for a brighter future but one thing that continues to be evident is that everyone is on the same page when it comes to working hard and playing with a sense of urgency.

From the coaching staff to the players, everyone is buying in that this team can compete at a high level, regardless of who they are facing. The Jets are wisely taking the season one week at a time and are a team that wants to give as much regular season experience as possible to their younger players.

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Maye so far has been playing extremely well as of late. He’s showing all the necessary attributes to be a force to reckon with and if the Jets have any shot at beating the Super Bowl defending New England Patriots on Sunday, it’ll be by shutting down quarterback Tom Brady.

Hopefully, the Jets defensive secondary continues to play well and put Maye in a position to make an impact against the future pro football Hall of Famer. Considering he just got his first interception of his career last week against the Browns, it sure would mean a lot to Maye if he got another one off of one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game.

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So far this season, Maye has totaled 18 tackles, one pass defended, and one interception. All eyes are on Maye as he continues to develop since he has the unique skill-set to be a shutdown safety for years to come on the Jets. He doesn’t get the spotlight as much like Adams does but at the end of the day, his strong play has undoubtedly put the Jets in a better place so far this season.

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