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Second-Year Safety Taylor Mays Progressing Nicely

By Editorial Staff

Taylor Mays, the huge, speedy second-year safety out of USC, is making progress towards receiving more playing time.

Mays received defensive snaps for the first time of the year against the Ravens. He was only in for 4 total snaps, but his presence is also being felt more and more on special teams. Mays had a monster hit on special teams when he leveled the Ravens’ Kick Returner Tom Zbikowski early in the fourth quarter. Click here or on the picture below for the video:

Mays has also received from nice praise from Head Coach Marvin Lewis:

"“You’re kind of breaking a wild bronco at times, but he’s getting broke,” Marvin Lewis said. “Pretty soon, he’s going to be ready for prime time.”"

Mays also had this to about his big hit and playing for Bengals Special Teams Coach Darrin Simmons in an interview with’s Geoff Hobson:

"Taylor Mays got some national love for his terrific hit on kickoff cover in Baltimore from SI’s Peter King. Mays’ take: “I’m 240 pounds. If I don’t hit like that, they say I can’t hit.”Mays has wasted no time being a factor on special teams. Since he started playing five games ago, he’s got four special teams tackles. He’s playing on kick cover and punt return and says it’s the most special teams he’s ever played in his life at any level.“Oh yeah I like it; I like playing,” said Mays, who also said Darrin Simmons is the best special teams coach he’s ever had.“Most detailed guy I’ve been around,” he said."

As the young safety with incredible measurables improves his football IQ and his reactions on the field, he will be a welcome addition to a safety group that has made many mistakes already this year.