Taylor Mays DB CIN 3 Months
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 CIN 4 Months
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.
Taylor Mays DB CIN 9 Months
Bengals S Taylor Mays played on just 22.8 percent of the defensive snaps in 2012.
Once Chris Crocker got healthy ahead of Week 5, Mays' playing time really went in the tank. He's a big hitter, but gets exposed in coverage and isn't a great blitzer. Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer claims Mays will have a bigger role in 2013, but he'll have to earn it. The Cincinnati Enquirer expects the Bengals to use a high draft pick on a safety.
Taylor Mays DB CIN 10 Months
Bengals S Taylor Mays' 2013 base salary increased from $575,000 to $630,000 after he hit escalators in his rookie deal.
Mays won the starting strong safety job out of training camp but was quickly replaced after veteran Chris Crocker entered the fold in Week 4. Overall, Mays has been a bust since entering the league as a second-round pick out of USC in 2010 with the 49ers. He enters the final year of his rookie deal as a thumper who lacks coverage skills.
Taylor Mays DB CIN Sep 07 '12
Taylor Mays has earned the Bengals' starting strong safety job.
Mays' role grew throughout last season, leading the Bengals to believe his progress would make Chris Crocker expendable. While Mays does have IDP appeal as a hard hitter, he's been an adventure in limited early-career exposure as a coverage safety.
Taylor Mays DB CIN Aug 10 '12
Bengals S Taylor Mays suffered a "possible concussion" in Friday's preseason opener.
Mays was reportedly "dazed" following a second-quarter hit on rookie Jets WR Stephen Hill, and is more than likely concussed. In the driver's seat for Cincinnati's starting strong safety job, Mays has suffered no other known concussions since coming into the league in 2010.
Taylor Mays DB CIN Jul 20 '12
Taylor Mays remains favored to win the starting strong safety job.
Mays was a second-round pick by the 49ers in 2010, but this is his best opportunity to date. He only has to hold off the likes of Jeromy Miles, Robert Sands, and rookie George Iloka. "It has been the most crucial offseason for me," Mays said. There's sleeper IDP appeal here.
Taylor Mays DB CIN Jun 04 '12
Taylor Mays is getting the majority of first-team reps at strong safety during Bengals OTAs.
Bengals DC Mike Zimmer indicated he's nowhere near naming a starter, but the organization has been high on Mays since he came out of USC in 2010. Mays is trying to hold off Jeromy Miles, Robert Sands, and rookie George Iloka. For now, the Bengals aren't considering moving CBs Nate Clements or Jason Allen.
Taylor Mays DB CIN May 06 '12
ESPN AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley confirms that Taylor Mays is currently "penciled in" as the Bengals' strong strong safety.
He'll have to old off Robert Sands, Jeromy Miles, rookie George Iloka, and perhaps Jason Allen, but Mays is apparently atop the depth chart at this point. Despite stiff hips and little playmaking ability, Mays had a high draft grade from the Bengals coming out of USC in 2010. Mays could emerge onto the IDP radar if he wins the job and stays on the field for Cincinnati's nickel packages.