Taylor Mays DB DET 1 month ago

Mays has signed with the Lions, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

Mays, a former second-round pick who has started 10 games in five seasons, was released by the Vikings last week. He's one of the NFL's better athletes when it comes to measurables, but he'll likely just compete for a depth role on the Lions. Glover Quin and James Ihedigbo are expected to start at safety, with Isa Abdul-Quddus the likely top backup.

Taylor Mays DB DET 2 months ago

Mays was released by the Vikings on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

There was some talk about Mays competing for a starting job next to Harrison Smith, but the former second-round draft pick won't have the opportunity. Although he is one of the league's more impressive athletes when it comes to measurables, Mays has started just 10 games through the first five seasons of his career. Robert Blanton and Andrew Sendejo are the favorites in the battle to start at safety alongside Smith.

Taylor Mays DB DET 2 months ago

Mays will compete with Robert Blanton, Andrew Sendejo, Antone Exum and Anthony Harris for a starting safety role next to Harrison Smith, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Blanton started 13 games last year but lost the job in December to Sendejo. Mays' ability to play in the slot could give him the most snaps at the position even if it's given a committee approach.

Taylor Mays DB DET 4 months ago

Mays agreed to a one-year contract with Minnesota, ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities reports.

Mays played for head coach Mike Zimmer when he was defensive coordinator of the Bengals from 2011 to 2013. Mays could start next to Harrison Smith at safety.

Taylor Mays DB DET 1 year ago

Bengals S/LB Taylor Mays is recovering from right shoulder surgery.

Doctors told Mays he couldn't do bicep curls after surgery. "As a guy with meathead tendencies, not being able to do curls - that was rough," he quipped. Mays' shoulder popped out of the socket on an October 27 tackle attempt of Bilal Powell, tearing the labrum in two places. Mays now considers himself "90 percent." The Bengals re-signed him to a one-year, $755,000 deal in March.

Taylor Mays DB DET 1 year ago

Bengals re-signed S Taylor Mays.

Mays, 26, earned a large sub-package role on defense last year before suffering a season-ending shoulder dislocation in late October. He can play linebacker in Cincinnati's dime alignments, and contribute in kickoff and punt coverage. Mays is unlikely to push FS George Iloka out of his starting job.

Taylor Mays DB DET 1 year ago

The Bengals are expected to move on from free agent SS Taylor Mays.

Mays saw extensive playing time as a rotational safety and nickel linebacker before going down with a shoulder injury in Week 8. With DC Mike Zimmer now in Minnesota, he faces an uncertain future with the Bengals. Mays is expected to be ready for training camp, but could be limited to one-year deals in free agency.

Taylor Mays DB DET 2 years ago

Bengals placed SS Taylor Mays (shoulder) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Taylor Mays DB DET 2 years ago

Taylor Mays is likely to see snaps at linebacker in nickel and dime packages.

Thanks to a run of injuries at the position, the Bengals have just five linebackers heading into Sunday's game against the Bears. Mays spent last weekend at the team complex learning linebacking assignments. "It's the same thing as when a safety inserts into the box. Some of the run gap fits are a little different," Mays said. "I've been picking it up quick." The Bengals can't afford any injuries to their starting trio of James Harrison, Vontaze Burfict and Rey Maualuga.

Taylor Mays DB DET 2 years ago

Bengals S Taylor Mays enters training camp on the roster bubble.

The Bengals are still waiting for Mays' "instincts catch up with his elite physical skills," and he's in a heated competition with George Iloka, Jeromy Miles, and rookie Shawn Williams for playing time opposite Reggie Nelson. Mays could end camp as high as a first-team safety, or as low as on the waiver wire.