On Saturday morning, we learned that safety Taylor Mays was going to sign with the Detroit Lions. The Lions had two open roster spots, and on Monday, Mays officially filled one of them.
Safety Taylor Mays has officially passed his physical and signed his deal with the #Lions, source said. Some secondary help.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 22, 2015
Mays joins the Lions after being released by the Minnesota Vikings last week. He only spent part of this offseason with the Vikings, as he was a member of the Cincinnati Bengals from 2011-14. Last season, he played in all 16 games but only had nine tackles and 1.0 sack.
Where exactly does Mays fit into the safety picture for the Lions? Given the depth the Lions have at the position, it seems unlikely that he will make the 53-man roster unless he really excels on special teams. He could certainly make the team if he proves to be an asset on kick and punt coverage, but it's going to be tough for him to crack the lineup at safety given that the Lions have Glover Quin, James Ihedigbo, Isa Abdul-Quddus, Don Carey, Nate Ness and two intriguing undrafted free agents in Isaiah Johnson and Brian Suite. There's likely only going to be four or five spots at most at safety, so Mays has his work cut out for him.