Packers Add WR; Swap Safeties
Hines (Crystal LoGiudice - USA Today Sports)
Hines (Crystal LoGiudice - USA Today Sports)
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Posted Jul 29, 2013


The Packers bolstered some injury-plagued positions by signing Florida receiver Omarius Hines and SMU safety Chris Banjo on Monday.

The Green Bay Packers signed safety Chris Banjo and receiver Omarius Hines and waived safety Ryan McMahon, the team announced late Monday afternoon.

Hines fortifies a receiver group that’s short-handed with injuries to Sederrik Cunningham (dislocated wrist), Charles Johnson (knee) and Kevin Dorsey (hamstring).

Hines, a 6-foot, 215-pound rookie out of the University of Florida, signed with Baltimore as an undrafted free agent in May before being waived on July 22. He appeared in 51 games with nine starts during his career at Florida and caught 64 passes for 801 yards (12.5-yard average) and four four touchdowns. As a senior, he caught 20 passes for 242 yards — with 11 catches in the final four games —and rushed 20 times for 159 yards and two scores.

Hines also rushed for 323 yards and four TDs on 33 carries (9.8 avg.) during his career, the third-most rushing yards by a receiver in school history. He was recruited by Urban Meyer to be a big-play receiver but wound up bulking up to play tight end at times, and even spent time at running back.

He ran 4.50 with a 34.5-inch vertical at pro day, according to NFL Draft Scout.

"We try to find different opportunities to get him the ball,” Gators coach Will Muschamp said last season. “He's a guy that's an explosive athlete and can stretch the field vertically. I've always said it's very difficult to count him, from a defensive perspective. What is he? Is he a running back? Is he a slot receiver? We've used him in tight end situations. We've used him as a fullback. So week to week we change out how we use him.”

Banjo, a 5-foot-10, 207-pound rookie out of SMU, signed with Jacksonville as a free agent in April before being waived on July 25. He earned honorable mention All-Conference USA recognition at SMU as a senior in 2011 after recording 82 tackles (50 solo), two passes defensed and two fumble recoveries. As a junior, Banjo posted 92 tackles (60 solo), including 6.5 tackles for losses, two interceptions and eight passes defensed on his way to being named second-team All-Conference USA.

He ran 4.50 with a 39.5-inch vertical and impressive 23 reps on the bench at the school’s pro day in 2012.

Banjo takes the place of McMahon, who was signed before the start of training camp on Friday. The Packers are thin at safety with Sean Richardson (neck) and Chaz Powell (foot) on the PUP list.



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