Thomas out for season; Mays out of the Bay
Terrell Thomas was entering the final year of his rookie contract, and for the majority of the first half of tonight’s preseason game against the Bears, he looked like a man on his way to dramatically increasing his earnings. Thomas made the plays we’ve become accustomed to, and just before the half ended, he made what may be the last of the season.
Following a collision with teammate Jason Pierre-Paul, Thomas lay on the field grimmacing in pain. He eventually rose to his feet and limped to the locker room under his own power. Results of an MRI later revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which will most likely end the cornerback’s season. Thomas led the Giants in tackles (100) a year ago.
As a defensive back at USC, Thomas suffered multiple injuries and was able to bounce back from each to become the 63rd overall draft pick of 2008. Here lies another obstacle, and we wish him a speedy recovery.
Mays on the move
Jim Harbaugh began shopping Taylor Mays weeks ago, and on Monday he found a buyer. The former All-American safety was traded by San Francisco to Cincinnati for an undisclosed draft pick. It ends a one year stay in the Bay Area for a player that entered the NFL with questions surrounding the position he plays.
Standing as a freak of nature, 6’3, 230 lbs, with 4.3 speed, scouts felt Mays lacked the fluidity and ball skills to cut it as a safety in today’s NFL. Once regarded as a top prospect in his class, Mays fell to the second-round, passed over by former coach Pete Carroll, before he was caught by the Niners with the 49th pick. His rookie year was spent mostly on special teams, with only sporadic appearances in the defensive backfield.
Mays will reunite with former teammates Keith Rivers and Rey Maualuga, who also received All-American honors at USC. But there is the familiar question that follows him to Ohio, and that’s the position he will play.
I said long ago that the better option for Mays might be conversion, pulling him closer to the line of scrimmage and positioned as a linebacker. The Niners didn’t apply that option, so now we wait to see if the Bengals will.