According to Brennen Warner on Cincy Jungle, Taylor Mays, George Iloka and rookie Shawn Williams are receiving first-team reps and doing well.
Following the 2012 season, it seemed that one of the biggest needs on the board for the Bengals was a safety next to Reggie Nelson. Matt Elam and Kenny Vaccaro were the early first-round favorites, but Cincinnati opted for the "best available" routine.
Thus, Williams was brought in and seemed to be the early favorite to take the reins from the ever-incapable Taylor Mays. Mays, a former hard-hitting USC Trojan, has not been able to translate his stellar college play to the NFL field, mostly due to an inability to read quarterbacks and coverage.
Iloka, meanwhile, has been a bit of a no-name on the team but is doing well towards receiving some incredible playing time in 2013. With three guys performing well enough to be the starting strong safety, the competition is on.
The preseason will be a huge indicator of who wins the battle.