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Taylor Mays asked for and was granted his release on Friday, and the Detroit Lions also parted ways with another player.

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One day after wrapping up their second preseason game, the Detroit Lions released two players: safety Taylor Mays and wide receiver Jarred Haggins.

Mays reportedly sought his release over the matter of his playing time. Throughout camp Mays had seen time with the second- and third-team defenses. However, the Thursday bout against Washington saw Mays sidelined with longer looks at a couple of undrafted free agents, signaling that perhaps his chances to make the team in a meaningful manner were slim. Mays will be a free agent once the release is made official.

This is the second time Mays has been released this offseason. He was signed to a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings in hopes he could compete for a starting safety position. However, he was released on June 16 and the Lions picked him up shortly thereafter. Mays has also played for the Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers.

As for Haggins, he's a wide receiver from Florida State who gained a contract with the Lions after their rookie minicamp. The team made the cut on Friday, and Haggins now seeks another job in football.

The Lions' roster now stands at 87 players.