Whenever I saw Maybin on the field, I would rewind the play in order to watch him specifically. Whenever a Bears defender blocked him there was not any kind of a major collision where both players were neutralized in their tracks, but it would result in Maybin's feet and legs flying up in the air due to him being so light. It was almost comical, sad but true.
There is no doubt in my mind that he was trying his best to make a play, but after all, this is a results-oriented business and after two full seasons all Maybin has to show for his efforts are 24 tackles and no sacks. It is time to end the experiment and chalk it up to one more first-round draft failure.
Going back to the Bears game, on Johnny Knox's 70-yard kickoff return, Maybin had a shot at trying to bring Knox down from behind, as he had the proper angle. But as he got close to Knox, he started to lose his concentration or focus, and before long his arms start flailing away at his side and he lost his balance and fell hopelessly to the ground.
There is a reason that Maybin wasn't good enough to crack even the Bills special teams unit in 2010, and from what was on display in Chicago, it is evident that it will not change in 2011 either.
The media and coaches had been praising his work ethic in practice at Bills training camp, but that is what you would expect from a first-round draft pick that really hasn't earned very much of his huge contract so far.
In 2011, his base salary is a very modest $757,500. According to his contract details on Rotoworld, Maybin signed a deal in 2009 that paid him a five-year, $17.6 million contract. The deal contains $15 million guaranteed, including a $7.087 million signing bonus. Another $7.4 million is available through incentives based on playing time and sacks.
When the Bills held their first evening practice for the 2011 training camp at St. John Fisher College, I had an opportunity to attend. After the practice ended, a number of the Bills defensive players came over to our section to sign autographs. I met Maybin, along with other Bills such as Marcell Dareus, Michael Jasper, Arthur Moats and George Wilson.
The thing that struck me about Maybin was that his arms appeared to be chiseled, but when he turned sideways, you could easily tell that there wasn't that much mass to him. His torso was noticeably smaller than the other players'. It didn't surprise me when I read later that he had actually lost weight and was now down to 228. Head coach Chan Gailey had wanted him to put weight on, so there is some kind of problem going on there with the weight issue.
It is a shame that Maybin can't find a way to either get bigger or keep weight on. The Bills signed him to a deal when he was just a sophomore coming out of Penn State. He is just 23 years old now, and still has a chance to physically develop, but he is going in the wrong direction.
Maybin has been known to weigh as much as 250 pounds before, but whoever advised him to get down to 228 pounds must not be aware that this is a recipe for disaster.
We don't know if it is nutrition, dedication or that somebody got in his ear and told him to lose the weight. All we know is that when you aren't quick enough or fast enough to avoid linemen, and you have no prayer to shed off blockers to make a play on the ball, then you are no good to your team.
Note: After this article was published this morning, the Bills in fact have actually released Maybin from the team today.