Taylor Mays has potential to be versatile piece for Riders

Taylor Mays possesses the athletic traits to be a versatile piece in the Canadian Football League.

Pure athleticism is shown in the testing numbers he put up at the 2010 NFL combine, 4.43-second 40-yard sprint, 6.98-second three-cone, 41-inch vertical and 10-foot, five-inch broad jump display the explosion Chris Jones likes in his players.

Saskatchewan signed the defensive back Monday.

Mays was a Washington state champion in the 100- (10.54) and 200-metre (21.64) races as a sophomore in high school. That was the last year he ran track, opting to focus on football as a junior and senior. After a stellar high school career where he played defensive back, receiver, quarterback and returner, he was the No. 1 recruit coming out of the state in 2006. USC had lots of interest and Mays accepted a scholarship with the Trojans.

While at Southern California, Mays was a three-time first-team All-American. He was drafted in the second round, 49th overall by San Francisco in the 2010 NFL draft – father Stafford was an NFL defensive lineman for nine seasons with the Cardinals and Vikings (1980-1988). Over six seasons with the 49ers, Bengals and Raiders Mays made 124 tackles, defended 11 passes, recorded one sack and one forced fumble. The last game action he saw was in 2015 with Oakland. He was suspended twice for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, which ultimately led to his release from Cincinnati in July 2016.

Mays was a free agent from then until landing with the Riders. Saskatchewan is just getting a feel for the 29-year-old on the wider field where possibilities vary. He could be a safety, halfback or even a linebacker. Wherever he might line up, the Riders see Mays as having the potential to be a versatile piece.

Justin Dunk

Justin Dunk

Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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12 Comments on Taylor Mays has potential to be versatile piece for Riders

  1. riderontheisland // October 10, 2017 at 12:46 pm //

    where’s donkey? This is his type of trolling article when he goes off trashing the Riders because they are trying to fill injured positions or improve their team. Could it be because we just won the last 2 games on the road he finally just shut up and stopped beating a dead horse. And this guy has even been caught smoking pot!!!!

    • I think he changed his handle to greenenvy? … not sure, just basing it on the tone of their comments.

  2. Got caught twice lol…… He wont learn, good luck with him.

  3. riderontheisland // October 10, 2017 at 1:12 pm //

    I would prefer not chancing it with players like this, but if he behaves I’m not going to question Coach Jones. He has swung this team to far with many changes so I’m drinking his Kool Aid.

  4. This is a VERY interesting signing. This guy is an absolute athletic freak, to the point where he was probably able to excel even at the highest level in college based on his athletic superiority alone, which may have meant that he never had to learn the finer points of playing his position, and this may be why he was never a top tier player in the NFL. His two drug suspensions seem to have come close together in the off season before the 2016 season and it looks like he went into drug rehab after that. This was bad timing for him because he was a FA at the time and any team signing him would then have had to wait 8 weeks before they could put him in the lineup. Jones has done very well converting athletic players from other positions into DEs, and I wonder if that’s his thinking with Mays.

  5. Rumblinbumblinfumblin // October 10, 2017 at 5:03 pm //

    I remember there was a huge debate between this kid and Earl Thomas. If he can be at that level the riders have a definite star.

  6. RJ Johnson Jr // October 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm //

    I think when I was going and dumb I abused a few substances to. I think. Can’t remember. But then I grew up. Maybe he has too?

  7. I’ve seen reports that said he’s weighted as much as 240, and if that’s the case now we could even make a DE out of him.

  8. Defensive end likely, real fast..

    • Butch – I think this guy is hybrid and could play pretty much anywhere we need him. Big, fast and hits like a truck – I like this signing.

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