Aaron Maybin knew there was a possibility he'd be return to the Jets, even though they cut him loose a day after he initially made the 53-man roster. But he also was aware that anything can happen in this business and there are absolutely no guarantees.
"First of all, I'm very happy to be back," the linebacker said sitting at his locker this afternoon. "It's a very exciting opportunity for me. I'm very thankful again to Coach Ryan and the rest of the staff for having the faith in me to bring me back and give me this opportunity to help the team. I feel good about it and I'm excited, but at the same time, we could never for 100 percent be sure that this was going to happen again."
"I was hoping, though," he added. "When I was here this offseason and preseason, I really established some comfortability with the team, comarderie in the locker room, and the organization in general, it blew me away when I first got here."
Maybin, the former Bills' first-round pick who's trying to shed that bust label, was signed today and added to the Jets' 53-man roster. He had signed by the Jets back Aug. 17, two days after Buffalo cut him loose, but was let go just before the regular season started because the Jets needed a roster spot given their offensive line depth woes.
But when reserve offensive lineman Rob Turner was placed on injured reserve yesterday due to the broken leg suffered in the preseason, it opened up a roster spot and the Jets elected to bring in Maybin to help their pass rush, something he showed small indications he could do in the preseason.
Maybin, who failed to record a regular-season sack in his two years with the Bills, had 1.5 sacks against the Eagles in the preseason finale and finished with three. Yet, he was handed his walking papers due to getting caught in a numbers game.
"At the end of the day, I understand that football is a business," said Maybin, whose lone workout since he was waived by the Jets took place with Tennessee. "I understand the fact that the team is in a position where they needed guys at certain positions. Even though I had made certain contributions in the preseason, they still needed guys to come in and fill roles that they just didn't have at that point in time.
"While it was difficult for me and it was frustrating -- I'd be lying if I said it wasn't frustrating -- I still understood that the team came first and that was what they felt was best for them at that point in time. All I could do was continue to work and be ready when the opportunity presented itself again."
Maybin isn't sure precisely what the Jets have in store for him.
"We haven't talked about my role for this week yet," he said. "I just got in last night, so we're still in the process of going over what the expectations are and what the plan is for this week and all that kind of stuff. But as we have more of an opportunity to talk about it and I have more of an opportunity to get comfortable in this system, we'll be more clear on what the plan is for Sunday."
In the meantime, it's back to studying the scheme and familiarizing himself with the plays as much as possible.
"I had a certain amount of the playbook down during the preseason while I was here," Maybin said, "but obviously, I didn't get the whole playbook down while I was here and I've been gone close to a month. So there's still a fair amount of things I still have to learn.
"But, I've retained all the knowledge from when I was here and everything I had learned, we're still building on all that kind of stuff, but I still have a ways to go, as far as the learning curve."