Aug 8, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson (39) runs against Cincinnati Bengals strong safety Taylor Mays (26) during the first quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
5. Taylor Mays. The other starting safety position has been up for grabs all offseason. Mays is a former second round pick that never lived up to expectations. Hard Knocks has showcased his personality, and while it has been good for television, he needs to be good on the football field. He’s inconsistent and doesn’t seem to have the drive to become the starter on this defense. Talent is there, no question, great athlete.
Mays disappears a lot on defense and has stiff hips, which isn’t good for a starting safety. Mays has to prove he deserves to be on this roster. With Iloka doubtful, Mays has to prove he can contribute to the better of this team or he could be out the door before preseason is over.
6. Dontay Moch. With a lot of attention going to the Bengals second round pick Margus Hunt, it seemed that everyone had forgotten about Moch. While going from linebacker to defensive end, it appeared that Moch was done with the Bengals. Two preseason games in, however, Moch has gotten a great deal of pressure of the quarterback. He was supposed to be a pass rushing specialist, but injuries have derailed his career thus far. Back on the field, Moch showcases talent and upside, but is still extremely raw.
If Moch continues to pressure the quarterback and play well, he could be a surprise to stay on the 53 man roster. With Dallas having questions on the offensive line, Moch has a good chance to have a good game.