Posted by Josh Katzowitz
We’ve already talked tonight about what happens when a first-round pick fails to live up to expectations. As Derrick Harvey can tell you, that player gets demoted to the second team.
Or, as Bills LB Aaron Maybin can attest, you don’t get to play at all.
Coming off his healthy deactivation last Sunday, the Buffalo News caught up with the former first round pick (No. 11 overall in 2009).
Maybin, like Harvey, wasn’t pleased with the move.
"I wouldn't call it a wake-up call, but it's definitely an eye-opener," Maybin told the paper. "That's probably been the most frustrating experience since I've been here."
Lately, Maybin has seen his playing time cut more and more. According to the paper, he’s played a total of 10 snaps in the past three games, and in 21 games as an NFL player, he’s yet to record a sack.
Coach Chan Gailey talked about how Maybin, at times, puts himself in bad position on the football field. He’s not using his speed to bypass the players who will lock him up and render him useless. The other problem for Maybin: the Bills have scrapped the idea of playing a 3-4 defense and are back to playing a 4-3.
That also might be a reason Maybin didn’t play this weekend. The Bills simply didn’t have a need for him. Since they're paying him $17.6 million during the length of his contract, that's not a positive development.
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