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Taylor Mays | Defensive Back

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 225
College: USC
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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. Wed, Apr 16, 2014 09:01:00 PM
Source: USA Today

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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.
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

Taylor Mays remains favored to win the Bengals' 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.
Fri, Jul 20, 2012 10:37:00 AM

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.
Mon, Jun 4, 2012 10:06:00 PM

ESPN AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley confirms that Taylor Mays is currently "penciled in" as the Bengals' 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.
Sun, May 6, 2012 02:45:00 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer deems Taylor Mays the leading candidate to replace the recently released Chris Crocker at strong safety.

The 2010 second-rounder played just 57 of a possible 648 defensive snaps last season while missing seven games due to injuries. He's strictly an in-the-box safety with poor coverage instincts. Jeromy Miles could also be in the mix, though the Bengals figured to strongly consider Alabama's Mark Barron at No. 17 regardless of Crocker's status.
Fri, Apr 6, 2012 12:17:00 PM

Bengals S Taylor Mays has not practiced since injuring his knee in Cincinnati's preseason finale.

Mays is officially doubtful for Sunday against the Browns, but the odds are almost zero that he'll suit up. He did not miss a game as a rookie with the 49ers last season. Mays could see some time in the Bengals secondary once he gets healthy, but most of his contributions should come on special teams.
Sat, Sep 10, 2011 05:45:00 PM

Bengals acquired S Taylor Mays from the 49ers in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick.

It should be a late-round pick. Prior to last year's draft, a mid-March report from the Dayton Daily News stated that the Bengals were "eyeing" Mays with the No. 21 overall pick. Based on that information, we suspect Mays will stay at safety in Cincinnati rather than move to linebacker, where some teams projected him. He'll start his Bengals career out on special teams.
Mon, Aug 22, 2011 08:02:00 PM

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