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Frogs in the Pros: Innis Gaines impressing with Packers

The former Horned Frogs safety and undrafted free agent has earned praise for his performance in the preseason.

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The Green Bay Packers appear to be high on TCU football players. After selecting former Horned Frog linebacker Ty Summers and safety Vernon Scott in the seventh round of the 2019 and 2020 NFL Drafts, Green Bay found another TCU defender to add to the roster, signing former Horned Frog safety Innis Gaines to a Futures Contract in January.

Despite being undrafted, Gaines has impressed during the preseason and could make the 53-man roster when Green Bay opens the 2021 season this weekend. The 6-foot-1, 202-pounder went through injury hell with the Horned Frogs, suffering two ACL injuries and ultimately working with Doordash before inking his contract with the Packers.

Futures Contracts are ways for teams to sign young players for hardly any salary while retaining their rights and offering them opportunities to compete for active roster spots or practice squad roles. Since signing with the Packers, Gaines has been fighting to make the roster however he can. His efforts on special teams this preseason haven’t gone unnoticed. Should Gaines make the team, he’ll be one of three TCU alums playing in Green Bay.

Gaines was an effective starter when healthy, finishing his collegiate career with 104 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 13 passes defended, four sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles in 38 games. A former PFF Second-Team All-Big 12 honoree, Gaines only started 14 games over his junior and senior seasons because of injuries, but the former four-star high school prospect from Beaumont, Texas has clearly put in the necessary work to get healthy and return to the high level of play he showed with the Horned Frogs.