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Maybin: Jets camp is "night and day" from Buffalo

Aaron Maybin #51 of the New York Jets

Aaron Maybin #51 of the New York Jets celebrates his sack against the San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium. (Oct. 23, 2011) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Aaron Maybin finally has everything he needs.

At first, the Jets linebacker hesitated when asked to describe the difference between his first Jets training camp and the two he spent in Buffalo. But he couldn’t resist the urge to express how he truly feels.

“It’s night and day,” he said after the second day of practice. “The reason I say I don’t even want to talk about it is because I can’t even compare the two. Everything I felt like I didn’t have in Buffalo, I got here.

“I got the support of the coaching staff, my teammates believe in me. And that’s all I ever wanted from the beginning. So I’m just happy to be in this position with this team.”

In 2009, the Jets selected quarterback Mark Sanchez fifth overall. Six spots later, Maybin was hand-selected by the Bills. The trajectory of their careers have been well-documented, of course: Sanchez went on to lead the Jets to back-to-back AFC championship appearances, while Maybin struggled to live up to the expectations that were set for him in Orchard Park.

But even though Maybin wasn’t present for the height of the Rex-Sanchez era, the outside linebacker understands how desperate the Jets are to return to postseason play.

Ryan drove the message home on Thursday when he reminded his players of his blueprint for success before the 2009 season.

Maybin said it would be an understatement to simply call it “a sense of urgency.”

“It’s such a heightened level of energy, from every aspect of it: from the film room to the weight room, to the practice field,” he said. “You can tell that we really, as a whole organization, want to get back to basics of playing Jet football.

“(Ryan) started off the year by just laying out what Jet football was. For the guys that have been here, some might have needed a refresher. And for guys like myself, who are new to the team, he wanted us to have a good understanding of what the mentality of what’s expected of us is going to be.”

Though he admitted “being thrown into the fire” and being forced to learn on the run made him a better professional, Maybin is grateful to have a full training camp to get better acquainted with the Jets’ defensive system and terminologies.

He’s also feeling a lot more confident in himself, and his game.

When a reporter mistakenly asked him about his “sack” during Saturday’s practice, he playfully replied: “Just one? Oh, I had a couple today. Don’t short-change me.”

“That’s Rex’s thing,” he explained. “He wants us to be excited when our teammates are making plays, he wants us to be excited about making plays – because it’s infectious. Obviously, I’m a high-energy guy on the team, so I’m one of the guys they count on to be loud. Sometimes (for some guys), when you get into the dog days of camp it gets to be a drag and not everybody is high energy. So when you do have guys that get excited about practice, it helps to pick up the spirit of practice.”

Here are some other tidbits from our interview with “Mayhem”:

(How could the defense can be)
“Honestly, the sky’s the limit. We’ve got so many talented guys. And the additions we were able to add this year – with “Q” (Quinton Coples) and some of the younger guys that have gotten reps last year. Even myself, coming into this year, I’m feeling a lot more prepared. Really, the sky’s the limit for how good we can be.”

(What does fan attendance add to practice?)
“We’ve got some of the best fans I’ve ever seen in the world. You guys saw the conditions out here. It was raining for the while, you could hear a little bit of thunder in the background. But you definitely didn’t see anybody go anywhere. The fans were energetic, they were live for the entire practice. And that doesn’t just keep us into it. Really, it raises the tempo of practice and when we’re out here, we can kind of feed off the energy of the fans.”  

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