Rising And Falling: Bengals Safeties Jeromy Miles And Taylor Mays

Jeromy Miles had perhaps the most impressive outing from a player at one of the team's major competition battles Thursday night. He generated six tackles and forced a fumble that bounced out of bounds.

With 2:43 remaining in the third quarter, Chris Redman took the first down snap from Cincinnati's 17-yard line. Taylor Mays and Jeromy Miles went into cover-two while slot receiver Drew Davis' vertical targeted the middle of the field, which is more vulnerable.

Dan Skuta was no match for Davis' speed, though Skuta probably released Davis to for zone coverage underneath. It appears that Miles observed Davis, somewhat putting Chris Lewis-Harris on an island (coaches film would help because everyone goes out of the frame after the snap), picking up the route once Skuta's coverage ended.

Redman clearly overthrew the football over Davis' head while Miles tracked the football into the endzone, hauling in the football for Cincinnati's first interception of the evening.

Joe Reedy with the Cincinnati Enquirer quotes Miles:

“I was sitting back reading the quarterback’s eyes (in zone coverage). I read his eyes and then broke on the football,” Miles said of the play.

Where Miles is rising, Mays is falling.

Along with hurting two of Cincinnati's middle linebackers (Rey Maualuga against the Jets, Vontaze Burfict against the Falcons), Mays is a liability in the secondary. He's done nothing to warrant any compliment in the passing game and his tackling is a serious threat, not only against other Bengals players, but his aggression that could lead to a lot of missed tackles. And missed tackles by safeties is a very big risk.

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