Vikings Staying Patient, Adding Depth and Potential this Offseason

View image | gettyimages.com Patience is always a virtue when it comes to Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman’s off-season plans, especially during the free agency period. His philosophy is to re-sign current Vikings who may due for an extension, and let the initial waves of big spending between the other 31 NFL franchises occur before extending offers to the players...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Roster Moves: Vikings Sign A Shirtless Taylor Mays

The Minnesota Vikings continued their slow burn through free agency last week by making a couple of small peanut signings. Small in dollar amount and likely impact, but BIG in shirtlessness! We’ll be breaking those down this week and slowly but surely getting prepped for the 2015 NFL Draft. That’s still coming up, right? WE DID WHO? Taylor Mays is a 26 year old safety that went...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

What should the Vikings do about the Taylor Mays and Casey Matthews offer?

The Minnesota Vikings are beginning to fill in the missing pieces of their roster as we move further into the 2015 off-season. Casey Matthews (middle linebacker), and Taylor Mays (free safety) have recently signed with the Vikings, both hoping to add more depth and experience to the Vikings’ defense. Matthews and Mays, however, offer more than just depth in the Vikings’ situation...
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March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Grading the Vikings Signing of Taylor Mays

Based off the headline alone I would give this signing an “A” simply because Mays was one of my favorite safeties coming out of college in 2010. Unfortunately he hasn’t proven to be much more than a role player on special teams and a depth at both linebacker and safety. During his NFL career between the 49ers and Bengals Mays has yet to get an INT and has not broken 100 tackles...
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March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Vikings bolster defense with free agents Matthews, Mays

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms on contracts with linebacker Casey Matthews and safety Taylor Mays. Matthews played the past four seasons with Philadelphia, starting 15 of 65 games for the Eagles. The former fourth-round draft pick from Oregon had a career-high 62 tackles last season. He's the younger brother of Green Bay Packers standout Clay...
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March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Vikings Signing S Taylor Mays To A One-Year Deal

Josina Anderson of ESPN reports that the Vikings and S Taylor Mays have agreed to terms on a one-year contract. The Vikings will be hosting Mays for a visit on Thursday. Mays, 27, is a former second-round pick of the 49ers back in 2010. He was later traded to the Bengals for an undisclosed draft pick just a year ... The post Report: Vikings Signing S Taylor Mays To A One-Year...
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March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Vikings Hosting S Taylor Mays For A Visit, Bengals & Redskins Also Interested

Update: Ian Rapoport reports that the Vikings will be hosting free agent S Taylor Mays for a visit on Thursday. ——— Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reports the Vikings are among three “strong candidates” in the running to sign free agent S Taylor Mays. According to Tomasson, the other teams Bengals and Redskins. A source tells Tomasson that the ... The post Vikings...
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March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Bengals, Bills, Broncos, Cowboys, Raiders, Rams & Titans

Bengals A Bengals’ team sources tells Josina Anderson that they are interested in re-signing S Taylor Mays, but “it’s up to [him].” “It’s up to Taylor,” said Anderson‘s source. “We will have him back if he wants.” Bills Tim Graham mentions Packers free agent OT Bryan Bulaga as a name to watch in free agency for the Bills. Graham ...
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March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Free Agents, Bills, Chiefs, Redskins, & Vikings

Free Agents Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that several teams are interested in S Taylor Mays including the Vikings, Raiders, Rams, and Redskins. However, the Bengals have “strong interest” in re-signing him. Bills Ian Rapoport reports that the Bills are expected to sign newly acquired QB Matt Cassel to a new extension, much like they did with ...
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March 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Bengals Position Review: Secondary

The Cincinnati Bengals had the 20th best pass defense on paper in 2014. On their way to a 10-5-1 season, the Bengals had a rather solid secondary on the defensive side of the ball. With six former first-round draft picks in the secondary, the Bengals should be expected to have a solid pass defense.As a team, the Bengals allowed 243 passing yards per game last season to put them at...
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February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Jaguars observations: Special teams part of problem in loss at Cincinnati

Breakdowns in special teams forced the Jacksonville Jaguars to play from behind for the majority of their game Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. While they showed a knack to come up with big plays with their backs against the wall, the manner in which the Jaguars dug themselves a hole never should have happened.   Punter Bryan Anger had a kick tipped by Rex Burkhead and another...
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November 02, 2014  |  Discuss

AFC North: Top 10 Training Camp Battles To Watch

Rivaling the NFC West, the AFC North may be the toughest defensive division in the NFL, especially when you consider each team in the division ranked in the top-15 in Defensive Real Passing Yards per Attempt according to Cold Hard Football Facts. The Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, and Pittsburgh Steelers will join the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Bengals on the mend

CINCINNATI -- The mental part of a physical injury is its unseen difficulty. For an athlete, the sudden sense of loss whether that loss is for a mere moment, a few weeks, or a season, is a reality they have to overcome as well as going through the body's rehab. There were 10 players on the Bengals' injured reserve list last January when San Diego came to town for an AFC wildcard...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft: Cincinnati Bengals

Round 1 Pick 24: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech (B+) An aging secondary needs a young stud. Round 2 Pick 23: Dominique Easley, DT, Florida (A) The Bengals suffered when they lost Geno Atkins last year. If Easley were there, that might not have happened. Round 3 Pick 24: Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas (B) Michael Johnson left via Free Agency  so there’s a spot for Smith. Round 4...
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April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Bengals Injury Update: Taylor Mays speaks on shoulder injury and return to football

The Cincinnati Bengals were serious playoff contenders in 2013, yet fell early in the beginning stages of the Super Bowl XLVIII quest.  Having holes in their roster due to injuries didn't help, but perhaps one of the biggest gap that Cincinnati missed was safety-turned-linebacker Taylor Mays.  Mays suffered a dislocated shoulder and torn labrum in an October 27th game versus the...
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April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Bengals add some depth to their secondary

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Bengals just added some depth to their secondary. The #Bengals are finalizing a one-year deal with safety Danieal Manning, source said. Back with former #Texans DBs coach Vance Joseph — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 3, 2014 Manning was released by the Houston Texans earlier this week after missing ten games with a broken leg last...
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April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Bengals re-sign Taylor Mays

CINCINNATI (AP) The Bengals re-signed safety Taylor Mays on Monday, a week after he became an unrestricted free agent.
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Bengals re-sign Taylor Mays

CINCINNATI -- Taylor Mays has re-signed with the Bengals, the club announced on Monday. Mays, who will be a fifth-year player in 2014, is a safety by trade but was converting to a hybrid linebacker/safety spot last season when he dislocated his shoulder in a 49-9 win against the New York Jets. He was a second-round pick of San Francisco in 2010 out of Southern California. The Bengals...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Bengals re-sign linebacker Vincent Rey

The Cincinnati Bengals continue to show their since of loyalty in free agency, bringing back many guys that have worn a Bengals uniform their entire careers. Early Friday morning the team announced they will be keeping backup linebacker Vincent Rey. The 26 year-old and management agreed to a deal that will have Rey in orange and black for at least the next two seasons.   Along...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: Kyle Cook’s realease, Marvin Lewis’ extension, and more

This week kicked off the free agency period. Just as the rest of the off season, free agency has been slow and quiet for the Bengals. Here is a recap, just in case you missed anything. Cincinnati Bengals - Kyle cook released by Cincinnati. Click Here - Bengals re-sign Taylor Mays. Click Here - Marvin Lewis gets one-year extension. Click Here You may also be interested in:Weekly Rewind...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Are any Cincinnati Bengals among the worst free agent signings in NFL history?

The past two days, NFL teams around the country have been opening up the checkbooks, throwing big money at free agents in order to lure them to town, with the hopes that they’ll plug a hole on their roster and help them get over the top. Typically, these moves have both the franchise and its fans excited, looking forward to a promising future. But history teaches us that for every...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Bengals free agency recap: 03/12

In day 2 of free agency the Cincinnati Bengals were more quiet than in day 1. Day 1 had many misses, but day 2 was a bounce back for the Bengals. Here are the day 2 hits, and some twitter feedback, HITS -The Bengals reportedly will match the Browns’ offer to Andrew Hawkins. The Deal is worth $12.2M over the next four years, According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Bengals plan to match...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Bengals re-sign S Taylor Mays

Late Tuesday evening the Cincinnati Bengals announced, they’ve reached an agreement with safety Taylor Mays. Though the details of the contract are unclear at the moment, this move falls right in line with everything Cincinnati has done this off-season. The front office has chosen to keep most of the pieces they have in place, and fills some holes without making free agent headlines...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Bengals late night re-signing of safety Taylor Mays stirs fans

The Cincinnati Bengals were extremely quiet during the first phase of the NFL free agency, almost silent.  After losing defensive end Michael Johnson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they have been working behind the scenes to retain their veterans and have had success.  Late last night Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com tweeted that the Bengals re-signed safety Taylor Mays.The NFL...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Bengals Re-Sign S Taylor Mays

  Jason La Canfora reports that the Cincinnati Bengals have re-signed S Taylor Mays. Mays, 26, played a limited role for the Bengals last year, but he did show some ability in press coverage. Last year, he played a total of 203 snaps over the course of nine games. During this time, Mays totaled 19 tackles and a fumble recovery while contributing on special teams.  
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss
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