One of the great stories of the 2011 season has become an afterthought in 2012.
Linebacker Aaron Maybin, a first-rounder whom the Bills dumped after only two seasons, became a key contributor in 2011 with the Jets. But the anti-Gholston, who had six sacks despite no starts last year, has become Gholston, Part II in 2012.
Maybin, who has no sacks and no quarterback hits through four games, describes his performance to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News as “average.”
“If I don’t make any game-changing plays, I don’t feel like I had a good game,” Maybin said. “So in my mind, I haven’t played a good game yet.”
Maybin’s playing time has reduced, which isn’t a good sign as he prepares to become an unrestricted free agent in 2013.
“There’s a lot of packages that I’m in this year that I wasn’t in last year, but it doesn’t mean that we’re running them,” Maybin said. “I can only do what I can with the opportunities that I got. So, whenever they call my name, I’m ready. And whatever that job is, I’m ready to do.”
But he hasn’t done the jobs they’ve asked him to do so far this year. The bad news for the Jets is Maybin’s lack of production has become the least of their problems.