Marcus Maye will return to the Jets' secondary on Saturday when the team hosts the Saints in their third preseason game at MetLife Stadium.
In the game, Maye might only be playing in an exhibition, but he's excited nonetheless.
"Once I'm out there, I'm going to go out there, fly around and make plays and stuff," Maye said. "It was a long offseason, a lot of hard work to get to this point. Just the fact that I'm here and looking back at where I was during the offseason, I'm definitely excited."
"I'm the type of guy, I like to compete," he added. "I like to be on the field running around with the guys."
Maye is returning from a season that saw him get beat up. The knock that ended his 2018 season was a shoulder injury in Week 10. He only played in six games after playing in all 16 as a rookie in 2017.
The Jets hope the 26-year-old can seamlessly return to the field and continue his strong chemistry with fellow safety Jamal Adams. Maye is confident that will be the case.
"We've got a great relationship off the field first. And once we get on the field, it just picks up naturally," Maye said.
While it's his first year at the helm, New York head coach Adam Gase knows how crucial the duo is to his team's defense. He did have a front row seat facing the pair during his time leading the Miami Dolphins.
"He's done everything he can to get back on the field. Hopefully, we can just keep him on the field because those two together, those two guys are fun to watch," Gase said.