Report: Patriots will try out free-agent safety Taylor Mays

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Report: Patriots will try out free-agent safety Taylor Mays

The Patriots are pretty well set at the safety spot, but that won't keep them from seeking out potential fits for their training camp roster.

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, veteran free-agent safety Taylor Mays will be given a tryout by the Patriots at the team's rookie minicamp. 

Mays was taken in the second round out of USC by the 49ers back in 2010, and he started six games as a rookie at strong safety. In the run-up to the 2011 season, Mays was traded to the Bengals for a future seventh-round pick. He spent the next four seasons with Cincinnati.

In 2015, Mays bounced from the Vikings to the Lions to the Raiders. He was cut before the start of the regular season but re-signed with Oakland in September of that year and played in 14 games, starting five. 

The Bengals re-signed Mays last offseason, but he was released in July as he was facing an eight-game suspension to start the year after incurring multiple substance-abuse violations. 

Mays was an intriguing prospect coming out of USC as he measured in at 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash and jumped 41 inches in the vertical at the combine in 2010.

Lewis scores in stoppage time, NYCFC beats Revolution, 2-1

Lewis scores in stoppage time, NYCFC beats Revolution, 2-1

NEW YORK - Jonathan Lewis scored in stoppage time to help New York City FC beat the New England Revolution 2-1 on Sunday for its third straight victory.

The 20-year-old rookie has scored his only two MLS goals in back-to-back games.

Villa trapped a long cross from RJ Allen on the left side and dropped it to Ben Sweat, who first-timed a left footer to Lewis at the top of the 6-yard box for the finish in the fourth minute of injury time.

Teal Bunbury put away a rebound to open the scoring for New England (8-11-5) in the 57th minute. Andrew Farrell's shot from distance backed up goalkeeper Sean Johnson against the goal line, where he spilled the stop and Bunbury scored from point-blank range. It was his fifth goal in the last five games. Villa tied it for NYC (14-7-4) in the 77th with his MLS-leading 19th goal.

The Revolution are winless in their last 14 road games, a franchise record.

Bunbury, Revolution beat Whitecaps, 1-0

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Bunbury, Revolution beat Whitecaps, 1-0

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Teal Bunbury scored his fourth goal in five matches, helping the New England Revolution beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 on Saturday night.

Each of New England's seven wins has come at home. The Revolution (7-10-5) are 0-8-3 on the road.

Bunbury finished a nice passing sequence in the 53rd minute. Kelyn Rowe, near midfield, tapped a goal kick by Vancouver's Stefan Marinovic to Kei Kamara, who tapped it back to Rowe on the right side for the feed to a charging Bunbury just outside the 6-yard box.

Cody Cropper had two saves for his sixth shutout of the season.

Vancouver (9-8-4) had its three-game road unbeaten streak snapped.