Former USC stand-out safety and two-time All American Taylor Mays will sign with the Oakland Raiders according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Mays will once again be working with Ken Norton Jr.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Safety Taylor Mays is headed to the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Raiders?src=hash">#Raiders</a>, source said. Back with Ken Norton, Jr. from his USC days.</p>— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) <a href="https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/636354145109217280">August 26, 2015</a></blockquote>
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This will make three teams since March for Mays, who was released from the Minnesota Vikings in March, and then the Detroit Lions last week.
Between the 2006 and 2009 seasons, Mays terrorized the center of the field, demolishing receivers with his 6'3" 230 pound frame. His freakish size and athletic ability garnered attention from San Francisco 49ers, who picked him in the 2nd round of the 2010 draft. It was a rough road from the beginning for Mays, who was passed over in the first round by Pete Carroll's Seahawks in favor of another safety (Earl Thomas) and then unceremoniously offered up by then San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh in a mass email sent around the league.
"Mays is a bit of a tweener as a defender. He is a hybrid linebacker/safety which makes it hard to find a place for him on defense. As a result, he is primarily a reserve defender and special teamer.'