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Taylor Mays | Defensive Back

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 225
College: USC
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Vikings agreed to terms with S Taylor Mays, formerly of the Bengals, on a one-year contract.
Mays played just 61 snaps on defense for the Bengals last season, but will be reuniting with ex-Cincy DC Mike Zimmer. Mays played over 200 snaps for Zimmer in both 2012 and 2013. He'll be a sub-package option and special teamer in Minnesota. Mar 24 - 5:11 PM

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Free agent S Taylor Mays left his visit with the Vikings without a contract.

Mays has interest from teams as a sub-package safety/linebacker, but could have to settle for a minimum deal coming off shoulder surgery. The Bengals and Washington have also been linked to Mays.
Mar 21 - 2:39 PM

Free agent S Taylor Mays will visit the Vikings on Thursday.

Mays played three years under former DC Mike Zimmer with the Bengals and would give Minnesota a sub-package safety/linebacker opposite Harrison Smith. He should be available for a minimum salary after being limited to 61 defensive snaps last season. Mays has also been linked to the Redskins.
Mar 18 - 4:13 PM

The Vikings, Bengals, and Redskins remain interested in free agent S Taylor Mays.

Mays has a connection with all three clubs from his four years in Cincinnati. Mike Zimmer and Jay Gruden were on the Bengals' staffs that coached Mays from 2011-2013. He could play more defense in Minnesota or Washington in addition to remaining active on special teams.
Mar 18 - 3:40 PM

According to ESPN, the Redskins and free agent S Taylor Mays have "mutual interest."

Mays left the Bengals in hopes of getting more playing time somewhere else. That seems like a real possibility in Washington, especially now that Ryan Clark has chosen to hang up his cleats. Mays is also active on special teams and can play linebacker.
Mar 12 - 3:41 PM

The Vikings have reached out to free agent S Taylor Mays.

Coach Mike Zimmer salvaged Mays' career in Cincinnati, and could put him to use as a dime linebacker and special teamer in Minnesota. He wouldn't start.
Mar 8 - 1:19 PM

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.
Source: USA Today
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 09:01:00 PM

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.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 10:12:00 PM

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 former 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.
Source: bengals.com
Sat, Feb 15, 2014 09:42:00 PM

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

It's the second season-ending injury of the year for the Bengals' secondary, as they also lost top CB Leon Hall (Achilles) in Week 7. The loss of Mays to a dislocated shoulder won't sting quite as much, but he'll be difficult to replace. He was playing on 40.2 percent of the snaps through the first seven games, being used as a versatile back-end defender that also got some reps at nickel linebacker. Mays, 25, enters free agency this offseason with health and ability question marks.
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 11:25:00 AM

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.
Thu, Sep 5, 2013 10:15:00 AM

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.
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 12:13:00 PM

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.
Tue, Mar 5, 2013 12:46:00 PM

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.
Fri, Sep 7, 2012 09:43:00 AM

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.
Fri, Aug 10, 2012 10:57:00 PM