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Bucs DE Steven Means draws praise at OTA



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  Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 5:17pm



 





TAMPA, Fla. (AP) --

The telephone rang on the second day of the NFL draft a little bit earlier than Steven Means anticipated.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive end wasn't highly recruited coming out of high school and didn't receive an invitation to the NFL combine following a standout college at Buffalo either.

So when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers called in the fifth round last month, Means understandably was thrilled and surprised.

The Bucs believe they selected a player who has a chance to develop into an effective pass rusher.

Means thinks so, too.

"I didn't know if I was going to be drafted ... Some teams were talking to me about signing me as a free agent," Means, the 147th overall pick, said..

"I've always had that tough road to go through. I've always had to sneak through the back door," he added. "It wasn't alarming for me to not go to the combine because I've been going through this my whole life."

Means impressed the Bucs during Buffalo's pro day in Orchard Park, N.Y., then performed during a personal workout for the team.

Although some NFL scouts projected him as a linebacker, Tampa Bay intends to give Means an opportunity to earn playing time as a defensive end.

Through rookie minicamp and the start of voluntary workouts known as organized team activities, coach Greg Schiano likes what he's seen.

"Steven has been impressive in his time here so far. He's in good physical condition. He's got a lot of great physical traits, and he's very eager and hungry to learn the system and to work at it," Schiano said. "He's a guy who does extra. If he can continue to keep that mindset, he's got a chance to be good."

Means was a second-team All-Mid-American Conference selection as a senior, when he was credited with making 77 tackles, including 11 for losses. He had 6 1-2 sacks last season, finishing his career at Buffalo with 18 1-2 sacks -- the fourth-highest total in school history -- and 29 1-2 tackles for loss overall.

Despite not being asked to participate in the NFL combine, Means said just hearing from teams that said they might be interested in bringing him into camp was enough to keep him encouraged.

Now that he has an opportunity, he's determined to make the most of it. Defense, special teams -- he just wants to contribute.

"I'm willing to do whatever I have to do," Means said.

Tampa Bay had the NFL's worst pass defense a year ago, and a sagging pass rush was part of the problem. The team drafted cornerback Johnthan Banks and acquired veterans Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson to help shore up the secondary, while Means and fourth-round selection Akeem Spence have been brought in to help out on the defensive line.

Means is confident he has the skills, work ethic and temperament to be a successful pro, noting there's some nastiness to his game.

"I came up in an environment where it's not easy. I don't like anybody touching me, and that's probably why I'm a decent pass rusher," the rookie said.

"I don't like offensive linemen, especially, touching me," Means added. "So I want to get them off me as quick as possible. ... I'm definitely quick-tempered on the field. I get mad at someone just lining up across from me thinking they can block me."

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#1 : May 22, 2013, 01:30:14 AM

"I came up in an environment where it's not easy. I don't like anybody touching me, and that's probably why I'm a decent pass rusher," the rookie said.

at least we know that he's not touching himself.

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#2 : May 22, 2013, 07:55:23 AM

second-team All-Mid-American Conference

So there were 2 or 3 DE's in this weak sauce conference who were better??


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#3 : May 22, 2013, 08:17:37 AM

The top pick in the draft came out of that weak sauce conference.  They also got a team in a BCS game.

We will be Carolina ready when we are Carolina ready.

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#4 : May 22, 2013, 08:28:05 AM

second-team All-Mid-American Conference

So there were 2 or 3 DE's in this weak sauce conference who were better??

Keep in mind that Buffalo ran/runs the 3-4.

He was a DE....in a 3-4...


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#5 : May 22, 2013, 09:00:39 AM

second-team All-Mid-American Conference

So there were 2 or 3 DE's in this weak sauce conference who were better??

Banks won the award for best CB in the country yet, 2 guys were picked in front of him. Don't get caught up in the awards, it's his skill, that if polished, will make him a good pass rusher.

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#6 : May 22, 2013, 09:23:09 AM

second-team All-Mid-American Conference

So there were 2 or 3 DE's in this weak sauce conference who were better??

Banks won the award for best CB in the country yet, 2 guys were picked in front of him. Don't get caught up in the awards, it's his skill, that if polished, will make him a good pass rusher.
Make it 4. Millner, Rhodes, Hayden and Trufant were all picked ahead of the best college CB. And maybe someone picked later like Taylor or McFadden gets talked about as the best of the class someday. Ya never know.

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#7 : May 22, 2013, 10:17:50 AM

Could Steve Means be the next Larry Brackins?



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#8 : May 22, 2013, 11:39:41 AM

Could Steve Means be the next Larry Brackins?

I think Buffalo has some talent but he reminds me of that project DE we took under Gruden. The great Greg Peterson of North Carolina Central


This guy...

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#9 : May 22, 2013, 12:29:24 PM

Regardless of the conference or defense Buffalo ran, the Bucs drafted an athlete and his attitude as well.
Comes down to scouting IMO.
Other good teams routinely draft late rounders and develop them into very serviceable players.
The Bucs think this guy has what it takes. Me? No idea, but I like his underdog/overachiever mindset.

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#10 : May 22, 2013, 01:44:46 PM

opening the eyes of Coach Schiano speaks volumes for me. What's really exciting is how many players there are to get excited about.  Dekoda Watson starting would be ideal; appears he's tried to make it happen and the Coaches have responded in kind!

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#11 : May 22, 2013, 03:34:11 PM

Regardless of the conference or defense Buffalo ran, the Bucs drafted an athlete and his attitude as well.
Comes down to scouting IMO.
Other good teams routinely draft late rounders and develop them into very serviceable players.
The Bucs think this guy has what it takes. Me? No idea, but I like his underdog/overachiever mindset.

Good post and I agree 100%.

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#12 : May 22, 2013, 08:57:07 PM

Regardless of the conference or defense Buffalo ran, the Bucs drafted an athlete and his attitude as well.
Comes down to scouting IMO.
Other good teams routinely draft late rounders and develop them into very serviceable players.
The Bucs think this guy has what it takes. Me? No idea, but I like his underdog/overachiever mindset.



+1


Can't argue any of those points.



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#13 : May 22, 2013, 09:56:53 PM

My favorite draft pick this year. I like his mentality. Definitely rooting for him.


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#14 : August 05, 2013, 11:21:54 AM

This kid is quietly having a pretty good camp.

@JoeBucsFan 5m
Ogletree catch over middle. Good pressure from Steven Means.

@JoeBucsFan 17m
Steven Means with very good penetration from left side. Would have had a sack if JF5 wasn't wearing the jersey of green.

@HaleyCornish 3 Aug
Steven Means had a other good day starting in the dime pkg., assisting on a sack with McCoy and batting down a pass at the end of practice.

‏@EricDellaratta 2 Aug
Steven Means looked good today. Had a sack in 11v11's. He's a quick guy and with some development could be pretty good.


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