The Green Bay Packers announced this weekend that they will be signing a free agent Monday – Loyce Means. It’s not one that’s going to shake the NFL free agency foundation at its base, but one that will certainly add another body to the Packers’ defensive backfield.
So, who is this street free agent the Packers have added?
Undrafted out of the University of Houston in 2011, Means was signed by the Buffalo Bills, made it through training camp that summer and was then cut. However, he signed on with the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the Canadian Football League, where he started the final games of their season. He wasn’t offered a contract last season and spent the year working out in the Houston area. The Packers were impressed by the speedy free agent when they saw him run a sub-4.4 40 yard dash.
Originally from Houston, Means attended Madison High School. According to the University of Houston website, out of high school he was a three-star recruit by Scout.com, was ranked No. 85 in the state by Scout.com, was a member of the Houston Chronicle Area Top-100 team, was named First-Team All-District as a junior, recorded 25 tackles, forced two fumbles, recovered two fumbles and had one sack, while also recording four interceptions.
While at Houston, the university website listed his career highlights:
Tackles: 6, vs. Tulsa (11-15-08)
Interceptions: 3, vs. Tulsa (11-15-08)
Interception Return Yards: 95, vs. Tulsa (11-15-08)
Long Interception Return: 69, vs. Tulsa (11-15-08)
Pass Breakups: 2, vs. Rice (10-13-07)
At his pro day, he weighed in at just 177 pounds, which may have played a role in his lack of interest in the 2011 Draft. Means has bulked up a bit in the past two years, now being recorded at 190 pounds.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also listed his accomplishments in the Eastham Energy All-Star Game in Tempe, Ariz., after his senior season. “He scored three touchdowns, one off an interception, one off a blocked field goal and one off a fumble.”
Means was a decent student as well. He was named to the dean’s list, according to one news release from Jan. 2011.
Packers GM Ted Thompson has always said a team cannot have enough good defensive backs on their roster and though Means is a no-name, Thompson is pretty well known for finding players on the scrap heap of anonymity – Packers fans are hoping Means might be one who could contribute.