By Tim Graham
Head-scratching comments like these made Aaron Maybin so difficult to like when he was with the Buffalo Bills.
By the sounds of things, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan's praise has nudged Maybin back towards tough-to-stomach cockiness.
In a story by Newark Star Ledger reporter Jenny Vrentas, Maybin comes off as a tad delusional about his brief NFL tenure. Here's a comment that pertains to his time with the Bills.
"It is hard to say that you are satisfied, but I am saying this is probably the most fun I've had in a training camp in my career," Maybin said. "You have people that see all the extra work you are putting in; you don't feel like it is going unnoticed. That's the one thing I can say is rewarding because I can't always say that I felt that way."
Fascinating. Maybin has one NFL start but speaks as though he's some football sage who has been around the game as long as some of the Pro Football Hall of Famers I spoke with over the weekend in Canton.
This essentially is Maybin's third NFL training camp. As a rookie, he staged the Bills' longest holdout of the salary-cap era. He didn't sign until the team had broken camp, and he missed the first three preseason games. In his first training camp, he sparked a brawl with a perceived cheap shot on running back Fred Jackson. Last preseason, Maybin was cut by two teams -- the Bills and Jets.
So it shouldn't be too difficult for a 24-year-old to realize some sort of superlative experience.
Ryan has raved about Maybin's motor. That apparently has refueled Maybin's ego.
"Yeah, me and Rex were talking a couple days ago," Maybin said in a transcript distributed by the Jets media relations department. "Me and that slow-down button don't get along too well, but I'm learning."
Then Maybin laughed.
The Bills cut Maybin two years after drafting him 11th overall out of Penn State. The Jets claimed him off waivers, cut him and signed him again after injuries became an issue. Maybin led the Jets with six sacks and four forced fumbles.