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B.C. Lions beef up receiving corps by signing Rhymes

Apparently something does rhyme with orange.

A season too late to be part of the team’s unique “Nothing Rhymes with Orange” marketing campaign, Dominique Rhymes is now a member of the B.C. Lions after signing a one-year deal on Friday.

Rhymes is a low-key, but impact signing, as he quietly led the Ottawa RedBlacks in receiving last year, pulling in 65 catches for 1,056 yards and five touchdowns. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound wideout is an athletic and dynamic 26-year-old, who accounted for nearly a quarter of his team’s receiving yardage last season.

He’ll benefit from having a proven passer in Mike Reilly lofting him deep balls, as Ottawa rolled out the underwhelming quarterback trio of Dominique Davis, Jonathan Jennings and Will Arndt last year, contributing to him catching just 58 per cent of his targets.

Rhymes, a Miami native, spent three seasons with the RedBlacks, where he played in 36 regular-season games and helped them reach the 106th Grey Cup in 2018.

He’s the fourth free agent to join the Lions from Ottawa this week, including fellow RedBlacks wide receiver Caleb Holley, who also inked a one-year deal on Friday.

Holley, 29, had 48 receptions for 487 yards in 14 games with the RedBlacks last season. Before playing in Ottawa, Holley suited up for the Saskatchewan Roughriders for three seasons, his zenith with the green coming in 2016 when he caught 56 passes for 655 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Defensive back Kevin Francis and defensive end J.R. Tavai also followed new Lions coach Rick Campbell West from Ottawa, signing as free agents this week.

The Lions have loaded up on receivers this month, adding Devon Bailey, Nih-Jer Jackson, and Romell Guerrier and Jesse Walker.

Rhyme’s signing could spell the end of the Lions’ free-agent pursuit of Derel Walker, who remains unsigned, although there still might be cap wiggle room to make a deal work.

Rhymes played his NCAA ball at Florida International, catching 27 passes for 305 yards in 32 games before transferring to Murray St. for his senior season, where he made 12 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown in four contests.

Holley graduated from Eastern Central University, then signed with the Buffalo Bills as a non-drafted free agent in 2014, spending two seasons on the practice roster. He also played for two Indoor Football League teams, the Los Angeles KISS and Sioux Falls Storm.

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Source: vancouversun.com




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