The Colts activated Wilkins (undisclosed) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, per the NFL's official transactions report.
Analysis: Wilkins missed Indianapolis' final two games of 2020 after being placed on the COVID-19 list, but he's now eligible to return to all team facilities. Through 15 regular-season games in 2020, Wilkins logged 84 carries for 308 yards and a touchdown while also securing 12 of 16 targets for 105 yards.
Jan 20, 2021 2:59 PM EST
Wilkins was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday and he will be unavailable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.
Analysis: This development seemingly comes out of the blue, as the 26-year-old back was able to participate throughout the practice week with no restrictions. Wilkins will have a chance to make another appearance if the Colts reach the playoffs, but he'll have to clear league COVID-19 protocols before doing so. He closes out the regular season with 308 yards and a touchdown over 84 carries, plus a total of 12 receptions for 105 yards in 15 appearances. As a symbol of his reliability, Wilkins also went without a fumble for a second straight season.
Jan 3, 2021 11:47 AM EST
Wilkins registered two solo tackles during Sunday's 28-24 loss to Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Wilkins received all of his work on special teams, registering 14 snaps in that department compared to zero on offense. The 26-year-old hasn't been counted on as the workhorse this season for Indianapolis, but he has enjoyed brief stretches of fantasy utility in 2020. Wilkins racked up 113 scrimmage yards and a touchdown on 21 touches Week 8 against Detroit. He then went on to average 6.8 carries per game in the five outings that followed, but Wilkins has now gone back-to-back contests without taking a single offensive snap.
Dec 29, 2020 4:24 PM EST
Wilkins didn't log a snap on offense in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Texans.
Analysis: Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines handled all of the backfield reps in Sunday's divisional win, and both running backs enjoyed plenty of success in the process. Wilkins has fallen out of favor as a result, as he didn't play a snap on offense for the first time this season.
Dec 22, 2020 2:06 PM EST
Wilkins registered three yards on his lone carry, adding a four-yard catch during Sunday's 44-27 win against the Raiders.
Analysis: With Jonathan Taylor suffering a minor ankle injury Week 8 against the Lions, Wilkins picked up the slack by coasting to 113 scrimmage yards and a touchdown over 21 offensive touches. Given Taylor's continued ascendence in recent weeks, including three straight outings of 90-plus rushing yards, Wilkins' involvement has steadily deteriorated over the latter half of the season. He'll continue to serve as a third-string option behind Taylor and Nyheim Hines Week 15 in a matchup against Houston's 31st-ranked rush defense.
Dec 15, 2020 5:34 PM EST
Wilkins rushed five times for 12 yards and caught both targets for six yards in Sunday's 26-20 win over the Texans.
Analysis: Jonathan Taylor started the divisional contest, and Wilkins garnered just three touches in the first half. Wilkins finished with fewer than 20 yards from scrimmage for the first time since Week 6, while Taylor erupted for 135 yards (91 rushing, 44 receiving) and a receiving score. Meanwhile, Nyheim Hines produced 32 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. With Taylor finally producing like a second-round talent, the rookie could cement himself as the lead back for Indianapolis moving forward. If that's the case, Wilkins is merely an insurance policy for fantasy purposes.
Dec 8, 2020 2:02 PM EST
Wilkins carried the ball six times for 22 yards in Week 12 against the Titans. He added three receptions for 35 yards.
Analysis: Wilkins worked as a complement to Nyheim Hines, but was out-touched 18-9 in the absence of Jonathan Taylor (illness). Game script likely had a lot do with that, as the Colts battled from three scores down for the entirety of the second half. Even so, Wilkins performed admirably as a receiver, logging a 21-yard reception early in the first quarter. He could see more work in a Week 13 matchup against the Texans, so long as Taylor remains sidelined.
Nov 29, 2020 5:53 PM EST
Wilkins could see his workload increase after Jonathan Taylor was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday,
Analysis: Wilkins will likely operate as the between-the-tackles option in lieu of Taylor's absence, but it's worth pointing out Hines was a critical factor in the Week 10 win over the Titans, eviscerating opposing linebacker Jayon Brown (now on IR with an elbow injury) to the tune of 115 total yards and two touchdowns. It's possible Wilkins and Hines could essentially split the team's offensive snaps, although it's clear coach Frank Reich has never been afraid to rely on the hot hand at running back. Wilkins played over 50 percent of the offensive snaps just once this season; a Week 8 matchup against the Lions which saw the bruising back tally 20 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown.
Nov 28, 2020 10:07 AM EST
Wilkins had four carries for 21 yards and one reception for 15 yards on his lone target in Sunday's win over Green Bay.
Analysis: Wilkins played on just nine snaps on offense compared to 46 for Jonathan Taylor and 29 for Nyheim Hines. Taylor had 22 carries for 90 yards in a needed resurgent performance. Taylor may get the bulk of carries next week against Tennessee, but it's been a guessing game each week for how much each running back will be used in three-back committee.
Nov 23, 2020 2:35 PM EST
Wilkins had eight carries for 28 yards in Thursday's win over Tennessee. He played on 14 of the offense's 70 snaps, compared to 17 snaps for Jonathan Taylor and 39 snaps for Nyheim Hines.
Analysis: Taylor got the starting assignment at running back, but the backfield was again a time share with Hines getting the most snaps after a few big plays. With Taylor failing to secure the majority of playing time after given the chance after Marlon Mack was injured, the Indy backfield remains unclear how playing time will be divided heading into Week 11.
Nov 16, 2020 2:38 PM EST
Wilkins rushed 11 times for 39 yards and secured both targets for minus-1 yard in the Colts' 24-10 loss to the Ravens on Sunday.
Analysis: A week after logging a season-high 20 carries, Wilkins once again led the backfield in rushing touches, although without much consistent success versus a tough Ravens defense. Wilkins does seem to have the trust of coach Frank Reich, which is an optimistic sign for his fantasy prospects. Wilkins will hope to continue seeing the same level of opportunity while splitting time with Jonathan Taylor in a Week 10 Thursday night battle against the Titans.
Nov 8, 2020 3:45 PM EST
The Colts listed Wilkins (groin) as a full participant on Thursday's estimated practice report.
Analysis: Indianapolis held a walk-through session Thursday, but Wilkins looks like he would have been available to take every rep had the team held a traditional practice session. Now that his health apparently isn't a concern heading into Sunday's game against the Ravens, Wilkins will hope to earn a greater share of the carries out of the Indianapolis backfield after he outperformed starter Jonathan Taylor in last week's win over Detroit. With Taylor being limited to 22 yards on 11 carries in the contest, coach Frank Reich leaned more heavily on Wilkins, who rewarded the faith with season-high 89 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Wilkins also turned his lone target of the day into a 24-yard reception.
Nov 5, 2020 2:07 PM EST
Wilkins (groin) was limited at practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Jonathan Taylor (ankle) was also limited, but we'd be surprised if either player missed this weekend's game against the Ravens. Wilkins came out of nowhere in this past Sunday's win over the Lions, carrying 20 times for 89 yards and a TD, while Taylor -- who started the contest -- ran the ball 11 times for 22 yards. Meanwhile, Nyheim Hines handled the bulk of the team's chance-of-pace touches, hauling in three of his five targets for 54 yards and two TDs. While Taylor continues to carry the highest long-term fantasy value of the three, Wilkins' strong effort versus Detroit could earn him a bigger share of the team's carries than usual in Week 9.
Nov 4, 2020 1:42 PM EST
Wilkins carried 20 times for 89 yards and a touchdown while turning his only target into a 24-yard catch during Sunday's 41-21 win over the Lions.
Analysis: Wilkins had received just two carries over the previous two games but got more of a look in this one due to the struggles of rookie Jonathan Taylor, who generated just 31 yards on his 13 touches. He averaged a much more respectable 4.5 yards per carry and converted a one-yard touchdown a single play after Taylor was stuffed from the same distance. Nyheim Hines also scored a pair of touchdowns in this one, so the team's backfield picture has become quite unclear heading into next Sunday's tough matchup with the Ravens.
Nov 1, 2020 2:34 PM EST
Wilkins lost a yard on his only carry and didn't make a reception on the only pass targeted his direction in Sunday's win over the Bengals.
Analysis: With the Colts needing to make up a large deficit early in the game, Indy turned to the passing game and Wilkins was largely out of the game plan. Wilkins had just four snaps on offense with Nyheim Hines getting 21 snaps. Wilkins gets more playing time when the Colts need someone to give Johnathan Taylor relief when running the ball with Hines more involved in the passing game.
Oct 19, 2020 1:39 PM EST
Wilkins (calf) is active Week 6 against Cincinnati.
Analysis: Wilkins was trending in the wrong direction after missing practices Thursday and Friday, but he'll ultimately end up suiting up for the home matchup. Even though Wilkins will play, expect him to concede most early-down work to Jonathan Taylor, with Nyheim Hines in line to see his regular responsibilities on passing downs.
Oct 18, 2020 8:41 AM EST
Wilkins (calf) didn't practice Friday and is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals.
Analysis: Wilkins missed the last two practices after getting in a limited session to start the week Wednesday, suggesting he could be leaning towards an absence here. If Wilkins can't go, receiving back Nyheim Hines should see more change-of-pace rushing work behind Jonathan Taylor.
Oct 16, 2020 1:21 PM EST
Wilkins (calf) was limited in practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Wilkins was limited to one carry last week with the Colts playing from behind after three consecutive games with nine carries, but his workload projects to swing back up Sunday against the Bengals. The backup running back's new injury is a cause for concern, but those concerns can be alleviated if Wilkins is able to upgrade to a full practice as the week progresses.
Oct 14, 2020 12:59 PM EST
Wilkins carried once for one yard Sunday in the Colts' 32-23 loss to the Browns.
Analysis: Cleveland seized the lead with just under six minutes remaining in the second quarter and stayed ahead the rest of the way, resulting in the Colts largely abandoning the run game. Wilkins was a natural casualty of the game script, as he played just two snaps, his fewest since the Colts' lone other loss of the season Week 1 against the Jaguars. He should have a bigger role Week 6 if the Colts can roll to an early lead against the underdog Bengals.
Oct 13, 2020 10:30 AM EST
Wilkins had nine carries for 15 yards and one reception for 16 yards on his only target in Sunday's win over Chicago.
Analysis: Wilkins played on 12 of the offense's 72 snaps while Nyheim Hines played on 25 snaps (and had nine carries and three receptions). Wilkins continues to get steady work behind starter Jonathan Taylor when the offense is focused on running the ball, as the Colts were most of Sunday's 19-11 win, with Hines used more in the passing game. Taylor remains the primary running back though the workload (Taylor had 17 carries and played 33 snaps) was likely more balanced than usual Sunday.
Oct 5, 2020 1:56 PM EST
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