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Old 08-15-2011, 02:23 PM   #2785
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PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- In two short years, linebacker Aaron Maybin went from promising first-round draft pick to bust in Buffalo after the Bills waived him on Monday.

Having run out of second -- and third -- chances, Maybin's departure was announced in a one-sentence email issued by the Bills as they prepared to open their final week of training camp in suburban Rochester, and two days following a preseason-opening 10-3 loss at Chicago.


Coach Chan Gailey was not available for comment and expected to discuss the decision to part with Maybin following the team's evening practice.

The move did not come as a surprise to anyone, especially after Gailey had already described Maybin's status as "tenuous" in January.

Selected 11th overall in the 2009 draft out of Penn State, Maybin never played up to his potential as a dominating pass-rusher. In two seasons with Buffalo, he failed to register a sack or even break into the team's starting lineup in 27 career games.

He appeared in only 11 games last season, with the low point coming during a midseason stretch when he was listed as an inactive for five straight games.

Maybin had become such a notable disappointment that Bills fans had begun to refer to him as "Maybe."

Maybin struggled keeping his weight up, which made it difficult for him to outmuscle opposing offensive linemen. He entered the NFL listed at 250 pounds, but had reported to camp last month listed at 228 pounds.

Another consistent knock against Maybin was his ineffectiveness against the run, something that also led to coaches limiting his playing time

Despite his on-field struggles, Maybin was mostly upbeat and jovial. He would often sing and joke with his teammates as he walked off the field following practice. And he often celebrated with a fist-pump whenever he made a sack in practice.

That enthusiasm never translated into making an impact in games, where he saw most of his time playing on special teams.

Maybin spent much of the first three weeks of training camp working with second stringers. He failed to register a tackle against the Bears on Saturday.

The Bills were second guessed immediately after selecting Maybin, who entered the draft after three years at college, and with less than one full year as a starter with the Nittany Lions. A redshirt freshman, Maybin did lead the Big Ten with 12 sacks in only 10 starts during in his junior and final season.

Maybin becomes the latest in a string of disappointing first-round picks drafted by the Bills this past decade. It's a group that includes offensive tackle Mike Williams, who was cut after only three seasons after being selected fourth overall in 2002. Other first-round picks who have failed to make an impact in Buffalo included quarterback J.P. Losman and defensive tackle John McCargo.

The Bills' inconsistent drafting is among the key reasons they've gone 11 straight years without making the playoffs. That's tied with Detroit with the NFL's longest active drought.

Buffalo has now lost three first-round draft picks since the start of training camp. Besides cutting Maybin, the Bills lost safety Donte Whitner (selected eighth overall in 2006) to free agency, and traded receiver Lee Evans (13th in 2004) in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick to Baltimore on Friday.

The Bills have four players they selected in the first round left on their roster, including rookie defensive lineman Marcell Dareus, this year's pick out of Alabama.
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