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Taylor Mays impressing with Bengals

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Taylor Mays impressing with Bengals

Former 49ers safety Taylor Mays is making a name for himself in Cincinnati Bengals camp, according to a report on the Bengals.com.

Mays has been taking snaps with the Bengals' first-team defense throughout OTAs, and appears to be finally capitalizing on his tremendous athleticism.

Says Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com:"Everyone knows Mays is a special athlete. The 49ers knew it when they took him in the second round in 2010 and they knew it when they traded him to the Bengals on the eve of the '11 season. Their new coaches made the call that they didn't want to deal with his transition, but Mays keeps impressing here with that athleticism. Last week word was he ran stride-for-stride with (A.J.) Green on Andy Dalton's 57-yard strike."The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder out of USC apparently didn't mesh well with former coach Mike Singletary's "tough love" system. Mays played in all 16 games of his rookie season, but recorded just 38 tackles -- 11 coming in one game -- and was traded to Cincinnati just before the 2011 season.

Mays played in just 10 games last season for the Bengals and recorded 10 tackles. But now, Mays says, he understands playing safety is more about reliability than flashiness.

"Consistency is what you need at safety," Mays told Bengals.com. "You make a mistake and it can be fatal to a game.

"The first thing I'm thinking about is getting my assignments right and then playing technique sound."

Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer says while Mays is progressing, there is still more growing to be done.

"In some areas; still got a ways to go," Zimmer said. "(He needs) consistency. Doing things right. Discipline. Accountability. Whoever lines up there, that is what I want: accountability. Day in and day out."

For Mays, the ability to play "day in and day out" is making a difference to him.

"When you know what to expect and how you're supposed to play things, that makes a world of difference," Mays said. "It's the little things that add up on a daily basis."

Trump: Objection to NFL anthem boycotts ‘has nothing to do with race’

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Trump: Objection to NFL anthem boycotts ‘has nothing to do with race’

MORRISTOWN, New Jersey — President Donald Trump says his objection to NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality "has nothing to do with race."

Instead, Trump says it has to do with "respect for our country and respect for our flag."

The president made these comments during an impromptu news conference as he boarded Air Force One to return to the nation's capital. Trump says "our soldiers, our first responders" should be treated with respect.

Trump said Friday at a rally in Alabama that NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the anthem.

NFL players and owners around the league condemned his statement, and more than a hundred players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance.

But Trump reiterated Sunday NFL owners "should do something" about the protests.

Dolphins players wear shirts supporting Kaepernick during pregame warmups

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Dolphins players wear shirts supporting Kaepernick during pregame warmups

East Rutherford, NJ -- A handful of Miami Dolphins players are wearing black T-shirts supporting free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick during pregame warm-ups.

The shirts have "#IMWITHKAP" written in bold white lettering on the front.

Kaepernick was the first athlete to refuse to stand during the national anthem as a protest. This season, no team has signed him, and some supporters believe NFL owners are avoiding him because of the controversy.

Among the players sporting the shirts before their game against the New York Jets are wide receiver Kenny Stills, running back Jay Ajayi and offensive linemen Laremy Tunsil and Ja'Wuan James. Stills, also a team captain, posted a photo on Twitter of himself wearing the shirt, along with the post: "In case you didn't know!"