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Ranking the NY Jets' 5 biggest disappointments of 2021

NY Jets, Denzel Mims
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NY Jets, Marcus Maye
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4. Marcus Maye, S, NY Jets

Following a career year in 2020 that saw him finish with a career-best 82.9 PFF grade (ranked fifth among all safeties), Marcus Maye was hoping to put together a similar campaign in 2021.

That's especially due to the fact that he was playing for a new contract and was hoping to cash-in in the offseason. But few players saw their stock fall as much as Maye's did this past season.

The former second-round pick started just six games before suffering a torn Achilles that would sideline him for the remainder of the year. And as if receiving one of the worst injuries in sports wasn't enough, Maye's play on the field when healthy was nothing to write home about.

Maye took a major step back in 2021 earning a woeful 55.9 PFF grade that ranked 81st out of 94 qualified safeties. His 49.9 coverage grade, in particular, was easily the lowest score of his career.

Now, coming off the worst year of his career coupled with a devastating injury, Maye's market value has without a doubt plummeted. Maye's dud of a 2021 season couldn't have come at a worse time for the standout safety.

The Jets will likely look to move on in the offseason, and they'll choose to remember the prior years of Marcus Maye when he was one of the better safeties in football.

He's better than the 2021 version that he showed when healthy. And he'll likely look to prove that with a new team in 2022.

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