|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 216 lb.|
|Born:||July 18, 1994|
|Drafted:||2018 / Rd. 5 (169)|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wilkins had nine carries for 39 yards and one reception for six yards on his lone target in Sunday's win over the Jets.
Analysis: Last week Wilkins didn't get most of his carries until later in the game when it became a blowout, but this week he was used as early as the second quarter. Wilkins played 16 snaps on offense while Nyheim Hines played 20 snaps. Wilkins is still likely the third option in the running game and likely to get more snaps than Hines when the Colts have a large lead. However, Jonathan Taylor remains the clear first option.
Wilkins had nine carries for 40 yards in Sunday's win over the Vikings
Analysis: Wilkins played 17 snaps on offense compared to nine snaps for Nyheim Hines in backup duty behind Jonathan Taylor (49 snaps). Wilkins got most of his carries late in the game when it became a blowout, so he's still likely the third running back with Nyheim Hines likely ahead of him and more likely to get work on passing downs. Either way, Sunday's game showed that Taylor is likely to get the majority of touches in the backfield.
Wilkins is lined up as the No. 3 RB following news that Marlon Mack suffered a torn Achilles, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Wilkins has a decent track record with 643 yards and three touchdowns on 111 carries over his first two years in the league, but when Mack went down Sunday against the Jaguars, Nyheim Hines and Jonathan Taylor carried a bulk of the workload. Wilkins saw just one offensive snap. That could change in Week 2 against Minnesota with a full week of preparation, but Hines and Taylor were both impressive and will likely still handle most of the touches.
Wilkins (undisclosed) returned to practice Thursday, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.
Analysis: Wilkins got back out on the field after missing all practices earlier this week. The third-year running back finds himself towards the bottom of the totem pole in the running backs room, as he competes with the likes of Marlon Mack, Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines for valuable reps throughout training camp.
Wilkins did not participate in Monday's scrimmage at Lucas Oil Stadium with an undisclosed issue, Indianapolis' official web site reports.
Analysis: The 2018 fifth-round pick eclipsed 300 rushing yards in each of his first two seasons as Indianapolis' secondary early-down back behind Marlon Mack, but the addition of second-round pick Jonathan Taylor significantly dampens his outlook for 2020. While it's not clear if he has suffered an injury, missing practice time won't help him get a larger role in the offense.
Wilkins (knee) likely will enter training camp as the No. 4 running back on the depth chart, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.
Analysis: The 2018 fifth-round pick eclipsed 300 rushing yards in each of his first two seasons as Indianapolis' secondary early-down back behind Marlon Mack, but the addition of second-round pick Jonathan Taylor significantly dampens his outlook for 2020. Nyheim Hines is set to operate as the passing-down back, likely leaving scraps for Wilkins, barring an injury.
Wilkins finished the 2019 season with 51 rushes for 307 yards and two touchdowns while catching seven passes for 43 yards over 14 regular-season games.
Analysis: When Marlon Mack fractured his hand, Wilkins was in line for additional usage, but Johnathan Williams took over as the bell cow instead. Wilkins logged double-digit carries on just one occasion, but he averaged 6.0 yards per carry. The 25-year-old running back is under contract for next year as well, but his playing time will likely be inconsistent with Mack and Nyheim Hines returning as well.
Wilkins (knee) is ruled out for Sunday's contest against the Jaguars, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.
Analysis: Wilkins was added to the injury report Thursday with an ankle issue, but he'll now miss Sunday's regular-season finale in Jacksonville due to a knee injury. In his stead, Nyheim Hines and Jonathan Williams could be in line to handle additional snaps behind top running back Marlon Mack.
Wilkins (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan reports.
Analysis: There has been no word on the severity of the injury, but the fact Wilkins was out there suggests the issue is minor. His presence at practice Friday will be important as the Colts gear up to take on the Jaguars to close out the season.
Wilkins ran for 84 yards and a touchdown on nine carries during Sunday's 38-6 win over Carolina.
Analysis: Wilkins was having a ho-hum game heading into the final minutes of the game. He proceeded on with a 38-yard scamper to the goal line and then a punched it in on the next play. The season ends with a matchup against Jacksonville's 29th-ranked run defense, but Wilkins is a risky bet to take advantage of that matchup. He's topped 25 yards just five times this season and has had double-digit touches just once all season.
Wilkins rushed three times for 10 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 34-7 loss to the Saints. He also caught one of three targets for seven yards.
Analysis: Wilkins converted a one-yard touchdown run on Indy's final offensive series to salvage some late points. The tailback didn't do much else, but neither did starter Marlon Mack, who finished with 11 carries for 19 yards. Fortunately for both, Week 16's matchup comes against the Panthers, who've surrendered the third-most rushing yards this season.
Wilkins had just one carry for one yard and played just nine snaps on offense in Sunday's loss at Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Wilkins had a minor role with the return of Marlon Mack from a broken hand. He may not get many touches this week against New Orleans behind Mack and Nyheim Hines.
Coach Frank Reich suggested that Wilkins would be in line for a lesser role Sunday against the Buccaneers with lead running back Marlon Mack (hand) available to play, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports. "Not thinking a big pitch count," Reich said of Mack on Friday. "Even when he's humming, we don't hesitate to rotate those guys. We know Marlon's going to get the bulk of those carries. I'm anticipating that all four backs will dress. So it might be a little bit more of a rotation involved."
Analysis: Mack missed the Colts' past two games with the fractured hand, paving the way for both Jonathan Williams and Wilkins to see increased involvement on the ground. While Williams headlined the backfield in the Week 12 game in Houston, Wilkins -- who played just one snap versus the Texans -- led the rushing attack in last week's loss to the Titans, taking a season-high 11 carries for 47 yards while chipping in two catches for nine yards. Based on Reich's comments, it doesn't sound like Mack will face any significant restrictions in his return to action, so expect Wilkins and Williams to only handle minor complementary roles. Nyheim Hines should fill his usual duties as the Colts' top change-of-pace option, with most of his work coming on passing downs.
Wilkins carried the ball 11 times for 47 yards in the team's Week 13 loss to the Titans. He also hauled in two passes for nine yards.
Analysis: After logging just one offensive snap in the team's Week 12 contest against the Texans, Wilkins led the team in both carries and rushing yards in Week 13. His performance wasn't particularly noteworthy, as he gained seven and 15 yards on his first two carries respectively, but then failed to gain more than five yards on the ground until his final rush, halfway through the fourth quarter. Though his workload was a positive, Wilkins and the Colts' backfield will have a tough matchup against the Buccaneers in Week 14. In addition, Marlon Mack (hand) may be back in action, which would greatly cut into Wilkins' workload.
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