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The Jets' pass rush has been a disappointment as a group, but Aaron Maybin's total invisibility has been a big part of it.
Last year, Maybin excited plenty of Jets fans with his six-sack regular season, but it was clear that he was still a raw player, and you can count me as one of those who were not sold on Maybin as a reliable third-down rusher.
It is clear that Maybin, while he has great speed and hustles on every play, simply cannot get enough leverage to push around offensive linemen. Even after adding some size in the offseason, he is still more in the mold of a wide receiver than an outside linebacker.
Even Maybin himself has admitted that he needs to elevate his game to revitalize the Jets' pass rush, per Brian Costello of the New York Post:
Personally, I feel like I’ve got to step it up. When you look at our performance yesterday, I don’t feel like I played bad, but when I don’t have game-changing plays, per se, I don’t feel like I did my job because that’s what they expect from me.
There is still plenty of time for Maybin to get back on track, but there is no doubt that Maybin has gotten off to a slow start.