- Rich Cimini, ESPN New York Jets reporter
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The big news, of course, is Maybin, whose star (if you could call it that) faded quickly after showing promise last season as a situational pass rusher. He led the Jets with six sacks last season, raising expectations for 2012. He didn't deliver. He recorded zero sacks in the first eight games and was a healthy scratch Sunday in Seattle, where he was replaced by a guy who never played in an NFL game -- Ricky Sapp.
Rex Ryan talked up Maybin in the preseason. Then again, he talks up a lot of players and they never pan out. He raved about FB John Conner, and look what happened to him. He, too, is unemployed.
The Jets thought they had discovered a gem in the trash pile last year, when they signed Maybin after he was jettisoned by the Bills, who picked him 11th overall in 2009. He made a few plays and talked a lot in the offseason, saying he was going to gain weight so he could be an every-down player.
That never happened. Because he can't play the run, Maybin was relegated to third-and-long situations, and his playing time diminished. Nicknamed "Microphone" because of his booming voice, Maybin liked to talk. That chafed some teammates and it may have bothered some coaches, too. As one opposing personnel executive said Tuesday, "When you don't produce, and you talk, you get exposed."
One thing about Maybin, though: He's fast. The Jets will miss that dimension in their pass rush. He had nine QB hits in 119 snaps, the best ratio on the team. But, at 3-6, maybe Ryan felt the need to send a message to the team.
Trufant for hurt on his first defensive play in Sunday's game. It's too bad, because Trufant had come on strong in recent weeks and had taken the nickel-back role from Ellis Lankster. Trufant was so looking forward to Sunday, too. He grew up in the Seattle area and was facing his brother, Seahawks CB Marcus Trufant, for the first time.
With Trufant on IR, the Jets likely will expand the role of CB Aaron Berry, who hasn't played on defense since signing Oct. 1.
It was a busy off day for the reeling Jets. In addition to signing RB Kahlil Bell, they waived pass rusher Aaron Maybin and placed CB Isaiah Trufant (knee) on season-ending injured reserve.