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Taylor Mays | Defensive Back | #20

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 236
College: USC
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (49) / SF
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Former Bengals S Taylor Mays is trying out for the Patriots at their rookie minicamp.
A second-round pick in 2010, Mays was suspended the first eight games of last season for two violations of the substance-abuse policy and never latched on with a team after the suspensions ended. If he is in shape, Mays could be a good, low-risk signing for New England. May 4 - 9:03 AM

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According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, "teams have begun expressing interest" in free agent S Taylor Mays.

Mays comes off suspension next week. Per Rapsheet, Mays is "healthy" now after spending the past few weeks in a treatment facility for substance abuse. Rapoport also mentioned that the Bengals, who cut Mays this summer, "may" have interest in bringing him back. Mays graded out as PFF's 55th-best safety out of 87 qualifiers in 2015.
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 11:52:00 AM

The Bengals released S Taylor Mays over the weekend after they discovered he is facing an additional four-game suspension.

It's "additional" because Mays was already suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season. He's now suspended for eight games. Mays' bans all stem from violations of the league's substance abuse policy. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bengals have not ruled out re-signing Mays once the bans are up.
Mon, Jul 25, 2016 04:45:00 PM

Bengals released S Taylor Mays.

Mays signed with the Bengals early in free agency, but failed to make it to training camp. He's suspended the first four games of the season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Mays won't count against the Week 1 roster if he lands with another team.
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 05:55:00 PM

Bengals signed S Taylor Mays, formerly of the Raiders, to a one-year contract.

It's a bit surprising the Bengals are making the move now, as Mays is suspended the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Mays revived his career a bit with the Raiders last season, starting five games and playing 322 snaps. Mays could feature in sub-packages after the Bengals lost Emmanuel Lamur to the Vikings. We still wouldn't consider it a given that he cracks the 53-man roster.
Thu, Mar 17, 2016 02:27:00 PM

The Bengals are in talks with free agent S Taylor Mays.

Mays is expected to sign despite his four-game suspension. With the Bengals losing Emmanuel Lamur to Minnesota, he’ll be an option at nickel linebacker.
Source: Bengals.com
Wed, Mar 16, 2016 07:42:00 PM

NFL suspended free agent S Taylor Mays four games.

He's violated the substance-abuse policy. Mays was already in danger of falling out of the league. This might just about do it for the 2010 second-rounder.
Mon, Mar 14, 2016 05:10:00 PM

Raiders re-signed S Taylor Mays.

Mays has been yo-yoing on and off the 53-man roster. His latest stay may last only a week or two.
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 04:34:00 PM

Raiders released S Taylor Mays.

It's the second time Mays has been cut by the Raiders. Mays saw 33 snaps in a Week 2 sub-package role, but hasn't played since. Tevin McDonald replaced Mays on the active roster.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 04:54:00 PM

Raiders re-signed S Taylor Mays.

Mays also had an offer from the Seahawks. With the Raiders hurting at safety -- Nate Allen (knee) and Charles Woodson (shoulder) -- Oakland needs him.
Mon, Sep 14, 2015 08:04:00 PM

Raiders released S Taylor Mays.

It's the third time Mays has been released after getting cut by the Vikings and Lions. Mays could have to wait until after Week 1 to draw any interest, when veteran salaries aren't guaranteed.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 07:33:00 PM

Raiders signed S Taylor Mays.

It's Mays' third team of the offseason after already being released by the Vikings and Lions since June. He rejoins Raiders DC Ken Norton, who coached Mays in college at USC. Mays will have to earn his keep on special teams.
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 09:59:00 PM

Lions released S Taylor Mays.

Mays reportedly asked for his release after not playing in Thursday's preseason game. The Lions are the second team to release him. Mays was signed for the veteran minimum and should resurface as a backup/sub-package safety.
Fri, Aug 21, 2015 05:09:00 PM

Lions signed S Taylor Mays.

A second-round pick in 2010, Mays has not played more than 440 snaps in any season and only managed 61 plays for the Bengals last year. Still just 27, Mays will hope to stick on the Lions' roster as a backup safety and special teamer.
Sat, Jun 20, 2015 08:54:00 AM

Vikings released S Taylor Mays.

Mays lasts just three months with the Vikings even though their head coach is Mays' former Cincy friend, Mike Zimmer. He should draw some interest around the league as versatile backup safety/linebacker who can help on special teams and is still just 27 years old.
Tue, Jun 16, 2015 10:19:00 AM

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