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Maybin Working Hard to Shed the Label of “Bust”

Aaron Maybin was on top of the world two years ago when he was the Buffalo Bills’ first round draft pick out of Penn State.

My how the mighty have fallen. Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that the outside linebacker has zero sacks and only 27 tackles in two seasons in the NFL and the Bill don’t even try to hide there disappointment over what must currently labeled a draft bust.

At the end of the season, Bills coach Chan Gailey described the former Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Year’s roster status as tenuous. Maybin remains on the roster, but the AFC East club obviously regrets drafting him. At this year’s owner meetings, Gailey said that Maybin isn’t bringing it, regardless of whether it’s a game or a practice, saying he “hasn’t shown it in practice or in games.”

Maybin says he is trying hard to prove himself. “I’ve been playing the game of football since I can remember and have faced criticism at every level. Whether it be my size, strength, experience, whatever; the one thing that never gets questioned is work ethic. And at the end of the day, that’s always what pays off. This will be the first season that I can start with primarily the same core staff that I finished with the year before. Being comfortable with a system is very important for an athlete at any level, but none bigger than the professional arena. And with a year under the scheme we have in place already, making the adjustments that this year’s staff wants to make going into this year will be much easier to grasp and implement.”

Maybin is signed to a five-year, $25 million maximum value deal.

Many observers wonder if the desire is there. “I don’t think I’ve lit very many fires,” Gailey said. “We might provide a spark, but he’s got to get his own fire going. He’s got to understand where he is. I always talk to guys about ‘This is where we are. This is where we want to be, and this is how we get there.’ Part of the problem is Maybin is a hybrid player with no true position. The former Nittany Lions’ All-American has the speed but his college success has not paid dividends in the NFL.

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