Tuesday, October 18, 2011
'Mayhem' Maybin makes impact
By Ian Begley
Is Aaron Maybin starting to shed the dreaded 'bust' label?
It's a small sample size, but Maybin has made an impact so far with the Jets. And that continued on Monday night.
The former first-round pick sacked Miami quarterback Matt Moore and forced him to fumble in the fourth quarter of the Jets' 24-6 win over Miami. He also knocked the ball out of Reggie Bush's hands earlier in the game.
"He's self-proclaimed 'Mayhem,' and I think it's a pretty good nickname for that kid. I said to the team, 'The crazy guy played pretty good for us,' " Rex Ryan said after the game.
Overall, Maybin has two sacks and three forced fumbles in three games with the Jets.
Maybin, the 11th overall pick in 2009, didn't record a sack in 27 career games with the Bills. He also never started, drawing the ire of fans and media. He hit rock bottom last season, when he was declared inactive for five straight games.
Could things be turning around for Maybin with the Jets?
"I love the way he runs all over the place," Ryan said. "He has a relentless motor and he's always thinking about getting those takeaways... Eventually, he's going to learn our whole defense and that's really going to be exciting."
RUNNING GAME GETS STUCK: Don't let the Jets' final rushing numbers mislead you.
The Jets finished with 104 yards on the ground, but their running game was stuck in neutral for most of the night.
They had just 18 yards on 10 carries in the first half, with five of those coming courtesy of a Mark Sanchez touchdown run.
Shonne Green had just 34 yards through three quarters.
McKNIGHT'S ALRIGHT: Joe McKnight caught the first two passes of his NFL career and returned the first kickoff he got his hands on for 31 yards against Miami.
"He can do a lot of things, and we're starting to see that now," Rex Ryan said. "He made a couple of great catches. He's a match-up nightmare."
JASON RETURNS: Jason Taylor said there wasn't an added significance to his return to MetLife Stadium on Monday. It was just another loss for the Dolphins.
"It doesn't matter who the opponent is, they are all tough to swallow," said Taylor, who assisted on a tackle.