Since inadvertently leaving his name off the receivers’ depth chart a few weeks ago, a lot of people have been asking me about the status of sophomore wide receiver Omarius Hines.
I’m happy to report that he is a very busy young man at the moment in preseason camp, and he’s doing extremely well.
I say busy because he’s seeing practice time at two positions — wide receiver and as a hybrid tight end.
He saw a little time at tight end in the spring. Now, it looks like he’s going to have a chance to play a significant role at the position, possibly creating matchup problems for defenses the same way Aaron Hernandez did with his speed and soft hands.
“He’s doing a great job,” tight ends coach Brian White said. “He’s a good guy, smart, loves football and he’s very talented. People are going to enjoy watching him play this year.
“He’s really fast, really strong, and he’s tough. When I say fast, he’s really fast, a sub-4.4 guy (in the 40-yard dash). He’s 220 pounds, so he can block linebackers in space. He’s got really good hands. You have to create a role to put the ball in the hands of our playmakers. At the same time, ask him to do some things blocking that he can handle.”