This analysis is based on watching and re-watching TV footage. As such, it is not always possible to accurately determine everything that was going on. However, every effort has been made to ensure that the information below is as complete and correct as possible.

The Aaron Maybin signing was largely met with skepticism (and a little snarkiness) from analysts and fans alike, including myself. Maybin's numbers are not impressive and the chances of him making an impact on what is developing into a perennial top five defense, when he couldn't even get on the field for the struggling Bills seemed remote.

However, you can't win the lottery if you don't buy a ticket and the Jets' top brass obviously felt it was a low-risk move to bring him aboard and see what he had to offer.

After the jump, I'm going to share some detailed scouting notes on Maybin and try to assess exactly what he brings to the table.

The Numbers

As noted up top, Maybin's numbers in the NFL have not been very impressive. However, I've never been one to rely on numbers, so I'm going to be looking at how he performed. Before I do that, though, we need to set the scene by going through some of those numbers (courtesy of PFF).

Playing time:

2009: 232 snaps (42 in the opener against NE, no higher than 21 thereafter)

2010: 100 snaps (including 43 against New England)

Usage:

2009: 99 running plays, 131 pass rushes, dropped into coverage twice

2010: 29 running plays, 70 pass rushes, dropped into coverage once

In total, over the two years, he rushed the quarterback on pass plays 99% of the time.

Defensive Statistics:

2009: 10 solo tackles, two assists, two missed tackles

2010: Five solo tackles

Pass Rushing Numbers:

2009: No sacks, one QB hit, four pressures

2010: No sacks, one QB hit, five pressures

This compares closely to Vernon Gholston's pass rushing numbers: Two hits, nine pressures in 201 pass rush attempts versus two hits, fifteen pressures in 322 pass rush attempts. However, Gholston was rushing as part of a three man line rather than off the edge a higher percentage of the time. In 2010, for example, Gholston had 41 pass rush attempts as an edge rusher (out of 104) and Maybin had 33 (out of 70).

Special Teams Numbers:

2009: Two tackles, one assist, one penalty

2010: No tackles, one penalty

The Scouting Data

In order to scout Maybin, I decided to look at every snap of the game against New England in Week Three of 2010. Maybin was on the field for 43 snaps that day, so it represented almost half of his playing time for the entire season.

Selection Bias

At this point, I need to make a major disclaimer. While this game is indicative of Maybin's potential abilities, it must be taken into consideration that if he was getting that much playing time, he was obviously doing well in practice, so this may not be a fair representation of the rest of his career or where he is at now.

After this game, he didn't have another game where his snap count got into double figures. Was that because he was banged up? Did he get out of shape? Did he show poor attitude in practice? Did he fall out with the coaches? Nobody can know for sure, although there are all sorts of theories out there.

We must ensure we take into account the fact that the Aaron Maybin that caused the Bills to lose so much faith in him that they let him go even though they still owed him some guaranteed money is almost certainly not the same as the one who they decided was worthy of heavy reps against one of the league's top offenses last September.

So, whatever we get from this game, it should be considered as what Maybin is capable of...if and when he gets back to the way he was back then, whether that be by showing a better attitude, bulking back up or whatever. However, it's also true to say that if he can get back there, that doesn't represent his ceiling, because there's no way he could be considered to be the finished article at that stage of his career.

With the disclaimers out of the way, let's look at what Maybin did on every snap in that game against the Patriots. For the record, the 0-2 Bills ran the Pats surprisingly close, but ended up losing 38-30.

The Scouting Play-By-Play

Note: To save time, unless otherwise stated, Maybin lined up as a 4-3 DE on the right side and was in a one-on-one matchup with Matt Light.

First Half

1. Maybin rushed the passer and bounced off Light's initial block, but Brady threw a quick pass before he could put him under pressure.

2. Maybin lined up as a 4-3 OLB across from Alge Crumpler on the right side. Crumpler leveraged him to the inside and blocked him to the ground creating a hole for a five yard run.

3. Maybin lined up on the left against Sebastian Vollmer and tried to make a spin move, but Vollmer backed up and stayed comfortably in front as Brady threw another quick pass.

4. Maybin showed speed off the edge, beating Light and getting pressure on Brady, who once again threw a quick pass, otherwise Maybin could have hit him.

5. This time Maybin got a step to the outside, but Light easily re-directed him upfield so Brady could comfortably step up and throw.

6. Brady went on a seven step drop and looked downfield. Maybin, seeing that he couldn't get to him, backed off and tried to disrupt a passing angle.

7. Light handled him pretty easily, with some late help from Dan Connolly.

8. The Pats ran the ball away from him.

9. Maybin came off his block and made an inside move to get to Brady. I'd have credited this as a QB hit.

10. Light handled him easily this time and Brady made a first down completion, although the receiver lost a fumble downfield.

11. Maybin bit on a fake up the middle and lost contain as the Pats ran an end around to his side. The play gained five yards.

12. Maybin lined up on the left and fell on the pile after a five yard run up the middle.

13. Maybin made a good read as they ran the ball to the opposite side from him. However, he got caught up in traffic and couldn't disrupt the runner from getting through the line for a 20-yard gain. That wasn't his responsibility, but he almost managed to blow that play up.

14. He was blocked initially, but the runner slipped over and Maybin was able to get off his block and tackle him for no gain as he tried to get to his feet.

15. Once again they ran away from Maybin and the runner cut back across field for a 22-yard touchdown. Maybin couldn't get back into the play because Light smartly directed him upfield and away from the cutback lane.

16. With the Bills in a dime formation, Maybin rushed against Light as part of a three man line. He bullrushed and Light managed to just about fend him off long enough for Brady to get the pass away unencumbered.

17. From the same formation, Maybin tried a spin move, but was easily repelled.

So, for the first half, Maybin had a couple of pressures and a couple of minor missteps against the run, but nothing serious. In fact, he had made a play against the run, albeit largely by happening to be in the right place at the right time and the biggest runs were not his fault. He wasn't an easy matchup for Light and had tried some different things in an effort to put him under pressure.

Second Half

18. Tried a speed rush, but was redirected upfield again by Light. Brady threw another quick pass.

19. Another speed rush was handled comfortably, as Brady again threw a quick pass.

20. Maybin ran a stunt and Dan Connolly had to come over to pick him up. Maybin may have just about got his pads in front of Connolly before he made it all the way across, so you could perhaps call this a pressure, but it's debatable. Let's call it a half-pressure.

21. Once again, Maybin's speed rush saw him directed upfield so Brady could step up.

22. Light stayed in front of Maybin easily here. Maybin lost his helmet on the play, which could have been seen as a hands-to-the-face penalty.

23. Lining up as a 3-4 DE, Maybin was initially driven off the line, but he came off his block and managed to get back to the runner to stop him for a short gain.

24. Tried to speed rush, but Brady threw a quick pass.

25. Made an inside move, which the tackle picked up, but this created room for a stunting DT to get a pressure on Brady.

26. Light blocked him to the ground on his pass rush attempt. Brady ended up scrambling the other way for a first down.

27. Brady threw an immediate pass the other way.

28. Brady threw an immediate pass to his side.

29. Got a good bullrush on Light who was moving backwards, but recovered well and Brady got a quick pass away.

30. Brady rolled out to the opposite side and threw a touchdown pass.

31. Lined up on the left and came off the edge unblocked. He almost got there, but the run went the other way.

32. A slot corner was covering the man in motion to Maybin's side (LDE), but when the ball was snapped, the corner blitzed along with Maybin. LeVoir, who had replaced Vollmer at RT, picked up Maybin and then Maybin ended up driving him backwards into the path of the unblocked cornerback so LeVoir was able to shove him too, just about enabling Brady to get a quick pass off.

33. Maybin was blocked to the outside by LeVoir, as the run went up the middle. He hustled back and fell on the pile.

34. Handled easily by Light, buying time for Brady to throw a deep incompletion.

35. Maybin made an inside move to try and free up a stunting DT again, but this time the Pats picked it up well.

36. Lined up on the left and the run went the other way. LeVoir seemed to lazily just let him go.

37. The Bills stuffed a short yardage play as Maybin was initially blocked by a tight end, but then fell on the pile.

38. Maybin jumped offsides, but then tried to get back. Welker then jumped too, while Maybin was still in the neutral zone, so Maybin drew the flag. I'd like to say that was a smart veteran move by Welker, but it looked inadvertent.

38 (no snap on the last play). Lined up on the left, matched up with Gronkowski. Got some good penetration on that side, but Green-Ellis slipped through a gap for five up the middle.

39. On a short yardage conversion by the Pats, Maybin was blocked, but sort of fell backwards onto the pile.

40. Lined up on the right, but the Pats ran the other way (for a big gain).

41. Easily handled at the line and Brady threw a quick pass.

42. Was directed to the outside by Light and Brady stepped up to throw a quick pass.

43. With seven DBs in, Maybin lined up as a 3-4 DE on the right. Light cutblocked him to the ground.

In the second half, Maybin again created pressure a couple of times and made one good play against the run.

Officially, he was credited with three tackles and an assist and PFF credited him with three pressures. They gave him a negative grade overall, but he did get a positive grade for pass rushing and his overall grade would basically have been neutral if it wasn't for the penalty. Only four Bills had a positive grade defensively, so his relative performance was not bad.

What Else Did He Do Last Year?

Other than that game, Maybin was only credited with one QB hit, two pressures and two solo tackles, so I must reiterate that this is indicative of his potential, not a representation of what could be expected from him on a regular basis.

I sought out those other plays where he had some pass rushing success. Clearly, the selection bias here is even higher because I am only looking at the plays where he made an impact - and on basically every other play last year, he did not. However, let's review those.

- Against Miami, against Jake Long of all people (the irony should not be lost on any Vernon Gholston fans), he recorded his only QB hit of the season. On third and ten, he rushed to the outside, but bounced off Long's block to the inside and got a clean path to the quarterback. This disrupted the pass, because Henne had a man open downfield, but misfired.

- Against Pittsburgh, he beat Jonathan Scott with a speed rush off the edge. Scott essentially tackled him to prevent a sack and was called for a hold. Beating Scott is slightly less impressive than beating Long (or Matt Light). Scott was PFF's 8th worst rated tackle in 2010 and gave up six sacks, four hits and 27 pressures in 12 starts. By comparison, Long gave up just 12 pressures in 16 starts.

- Also against Pittsburgh (even though he was only on the field for four snaps), Maybin beat Scott to the inside for another pressure. The Steelers probably got away with a hold here, as Maybin drove Scott back and Roethlisberger collided with him. What happened next was pretty impressive. Scott fell on top of Maybin and Roethlisberger took off running. Maybin then crawled out from under Scott's body, chased Roethlisberger out to the sideline and got a good hit on him. Unfortunately, it was still a first down scramble, but the hustle was remarkable.

Conclusions

Clearly Maybin's lack of playing time was down to something going on behind the scenes, because his performance against the Patriots certainly seemed to merit more playing time, but instead his reps all but dried up, even though the Bills were struggling. Then when he did get a few reps against the Steelers and made a few impact plays, this didn't translate to more playing time either.

Maybin graded out poorly against the run in 2009, so maybe that explains why he didn't get much playing time that year, but he hardly played against the run in 2010, and when he did - as in the Pats game - it seems like he fared reasonably well.

I came away impressed with Maybin's pass rushing ability, bearing in mind that I had deliberately selected a game in which he did well by his standards - and that I had low expectations to start with. I also noted that he dived onto piles and chased after lost causes, which were things I know Gholston was - perhaps sometimes unfairly - chastised for not doing often enough.

The challenge for the Jets now is going to be to get Maybin mentally, physically and emotionally back to where he was early last season. If he can bring what he did in that Pats game to the Jets, they can certainly use someone who will present the opposing left tackle with a challenge and perhaps even beat a one-on-one matchup from time to time.

I'm still extremely guarded in my optimism, but perhaps I was too quick to be totally dismissive of this deal. Yes, signs point to Maybin being the next Jarron Gilbert, but even he made the active roster before the end of his first season, so perhaps it is too soon to count out the same thing happening to Maybin after all.

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The Jets hope to be in the mix to land highly touted free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins in order to provide stability at the QB position.

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The entire Jets offseason will be played out in the shadow of Kirk Cousins -- the biggest name on the free-agent market, and the franchise quarterback they so desperately need. And that's even true right now, as the NFL's 15-day "franchise tag" window opens on Tuesday.

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Dakota Dozier's performances in relief of Winters over the past few years have some people wondering if it was really wise to give Winters a big money extension, when Dozier doesn't appear to be much of a downgrade. However, he's out of contract now, so the Jets may need to replenish their depth.

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The Jets were facing a deadline of Tuesday on both players, but the decision likely wasn't difficult, especially with the team likely to have nearly $100 million in salary cap space to spend this offseason. McLendon is due a salary of $3.125 million this year and has a salary cap number of $4.25 million. Martin is due a salary of $1.8 million, with a cap number of $2.1 million.

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According to SI's Peter King, the Jets should be high on bringing back Josh McCown, and drafting Heisman Trophy Award winner Baker Mayfield ahead of next season. Though the jets are expected to have a pretty healthy cap situation, McCown could come back for cheap, and Mayfield will obviously be on a rookie contract. 

King doesn't deny that Cousins could certainly be a Jet, but this situation could also work with McCown mentoring Mayfield as he did Johnny Manziel back in 2014. 

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This offseason, though, GM Mike Maccagnan has no excuse in Cimini's eyes. He currently has over $70 million in cap space, and could have more than that by the time they can grab Cousins. The Redskins can still franchise tag him, so they could use him in a trade, but that is unlikely. 

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The Jets reportedly turned down a Cincinnati Bengals trade proposal that would have sent quarterback AJ McCarron to New York last season, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.

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There are always plenty of receiver prospects who make an immediate impact as a rookie, even in the later rounds. However, the Jets haven't had much success in recent years despite selecting seven wideouts in the last four drafts.

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Jimmy Garoppolo just became the NFL's highest paid player, even though he's only started seven NFL games and thrown 12 touchdown passes in four seasons. He reportedly agreed to a monster, five-year, $137.5 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers -- a record average of $27.5 million per season. That record will be very short-lived.

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The Jets take Allen over Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, who fell to the Cardinals at no. 15. USC QB Sam Darnold went no. 1 to the Browns and UCLA QB Josh Rosen went no. 2 to the Giants.

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Most of the draft discussions surrounding quarterback prospects have been focused on the consensus top five prospects: UCLA's Josh Rosen, USC's Sam Darnold, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Wyoming's Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson from Louisville.

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The Chiefs have released former Jet Darrelle Revis, the team announced. 

Revis, 32, would have been owed a $10 million contract guarantee if he was still on the roster on March 18. He was signed by Chiefs in November, playing five games, including two starts. 

After the Chiefs' season ended, Revis admitted he wasn't at his best.

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The Jets will be signing Kacy Rodgers II, the son of their current defensive coordinator, according to his agent, David Canter. Rodgers II will join the Jets for their offseason program, at least, after two years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

Rodgers II is a 6-2, 208-pound defensive back out of the University of Miami. In 2014 he was a tryout player at the Kansas City Chiefs rookie minicamp, but didn't stick. He then signed with the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos and spent a year on their practice squad before joining the Roughriders...

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Former Jets C Nick Mangold was thinking about starting his political career, and running in his local GOP primary, according to Politico's Matt Friedman.

However, Mangold said Thursday that he will not be running.

Mangold would've been running to replace the retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, who represents the 11th District of New Jersey. Essex County Republican Chairman Al Barlas has spoken with Mangold, and he appears to be serious about running for the position.

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After saying he wouldn't join the Jets for $60 million, Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, a pending free agent, told TMZ exactly what it would take to secure his services.

"A hundred Ms," Bell said, referring to $100 million. "Hey, listen to me: I play running back, but they've got to respect me like I am, man." 

Bell, 25, responded to a fan's tweet last week asking what amount of money it would take for him to join the Jets.

 

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Another year has come and gone without the Jets winning the Super Bowl. Even the Philadelphia Eagles now have ended their forever Super Bowl drought. If you're counting, that's 49 straight Super Bowls that have been played without the Jets.

Can the 50th time be their charm?

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 (Kirby Lee)
(Kirby Lee)

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Two years ago, the Jets drafted Darron Lee with their first pick, hoping to shore up one of their inside linebacker positions for the foreseeable future. Over the course of his first two seasons, he's been up and down, but he has retained an every-down role.

Last year, he struggled initially, then played the best football of his career in the middle of the season, only to regress down the stretch. However, there are no indications that the Jets intend to move on from Lee.

Tags: Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams
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Jan 27, 2018; Mobile, AL, USA; North Squad quarterback Josh Allen of Wyoming (17) throw a pass during the second quarter of the 2018 Senior Bowl against the South Squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports (Glenn Andrews)
Jan 27, 2018; Mobile, AL, USA; North Squad quarterback Josh Allen of Wyoming (17) throw a pass during the second quarter of the 2018 Senior Bowl against the South Squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports (Glenn Andrews)

In his latest mock draft, Todd McShay changed his pick for the Jets, and has them taking Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the sixth overall pick. 

McShay originally had New York taking LSU DE Arden Key. However, he had a change of heart as the Jets desperately need to find their franchise quarterback. But he warns not to forget about free agency, where GM Mike Maccagnan will have about $100 million to go after high-profile QB Kirk Cousins.

"Yes, it's a running theme -- this is another landing spot for Cousins," McShay writes. "If the Jets don't sign him in free agency, Allen makes a lot of sense if Mayfield is off the board. There is a significant drop-off in talent after the first four QBs in this draft, so the Jets need to make sure they grab one here. Allen had an impressive performance at the Senior Bowl, showing off his arm and his mobility. There are still concerns about his accuracy and ability to make multidimensional throws consistently, but all the tools are there. And he has the prototypical QB build (6-foot-4 7/8, 237 pounds)."

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 (Matthew Emmons)
(Matthew Emmons)

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The Philadelphia Eagles would be absolutely crazy to get rid of Nick Foles now after he slayed the mighty Patriots, and was rightfully named the Super Bowl MVP. Yes, they have Carson Wentz, a legitimate MVP candidate, before he got hurt. And yes, Foles will likely be Wentz's backup again next season.

But didn't Foles just prove to everyone how valuable a backup quarterback on a contender really is?

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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

In last year's draft, the Jets used their first two picks on safeties, and Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye started every game alongside one another in the secondary. Those starting roles seem settled for the next few years, but the Jets like to operate out of packages with three and even four safeties, so Todd Bowles may be keen to add some depth.

Last year, Rontez Miles and Terrance Brooks each saw regular playing time, often playing together as the Jets used a four-safety dime package in passing situations. Also, Doug Middleton, who missed the season due to injury, was expected to contribute. All three are now out of contract though, so the Jets may look to fortify their depth in the draft.

While it seems unlikely the Jets would select another safety with their top pick, Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick is a possible consideration due to his versatility. Could Fitzpatrick be like Jalen Ramsey -- a hybrid cornerback/safety who has developed into one of the league's better cornerbacks?

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GEICO SportsNite: Super Bowl 00:06:46
Nick Foles and the Eagles upset Tom Brady and the Patriots for the first Super Bowl win in Philadelphia's franchise history.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) As their delirious fans sang their theme song and their owner lifted the Lombardi Trophy, the Philadelphia Eagles finally could breathe freely.

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Loud Mouths on the Super Bowl 00:05:06
Chris Carlin and Jon Hein host Loud Mouths from the Mall of America to discuss the Super Bowl and how they think it will play out.

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THE GAME

The NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles (15-3) vs. the AFC Champion New England Patriots (15-3) at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

Thank goodness for domes! Outside the Super Bowl stadium the temperature won't even reach double digits, with a forecast high of 9 and a low of 0. Inside it'll be fine. Hopefully it'll be nice and toasty in front of your TV, too.

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