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Nyheim Hines

Indianapolis Colts
Running Back #7
Indianapolis Colts
Running Back #7
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Nyheim Hines News

Just two touches Sunday

Hines had one carry for five yards and one reception on two targets for 17 yards in Sunday's loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Hines played 25 snaps and went out for a pass on 20 plays, which was in line with Week 1, but he didn't figure into the game plan as much. He had just two games last season with fewer than two receptions. Part of that may be due to an offensive line that struggled for a second consecutive game. Hines will play a prominent role in the backfield even with Johnathan Taylor healthy, but his weekly usage will vary depending on the game plan and game script.

Sep 20, 2021 10:29 AM EST

Logs 89 all-purpose yards in opener

Hines rushed nine times for 34 yards, secured six of eight targets for 48 yards and returned a punt for seven yards in the Colts' 28-16 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday.

Analysis: The versatile back turned in a trademark effort and even saw a nice rushing workload, although he naturally remained a clear complementary option behind Jonathan Taylor. Hines also tied Taylor for the team lead in catches while leading Indianapolis in targets in a game that tilted favorably to his hurry-up/two-minute offense skills as it unfolded. Hines' quick chemistry with new quarterback Carson Wentz was encouraging as well, and he'll look to put together another productive performance in Week 2 against the Rams.

Sep 12, 2021 3:50 PM EST

Inks three-year extension

The Colts have signed Hines to a three-year, $18.6 million extension, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: That's quite a nice payout for the versatile playmaker, who's listed as Indy's No . 2 back behind Jonathan Taylor on the team's posted depth chart. Marlon Mack and Jordan Wilkins are also in the Colts' backfield mix, but given the investment made in Hines, it's clear that the 5-foot-9, 196-pounder is viewed as a key cog in the squad's 2021 offense. While Taylor is in line to handle the bulk of the team's early-down work, Hines should log enough complementary carries and passing targets to merit flex/PRR consideration in fantasy lineups.

Sep 10, 2021 2:21 PM EST

Listed as No. 2 back

Indianapolis lists Hines as its No. 2 running back behind Jonathan Taylor and ahead of Marlon Mack on the team's unofficial Week 1 depth chart released Tuesday, JJ Stankevitz of the Colts' official site reports.

Analysis: While Mack is the most likely candidate to take over as the Colts' early down back in the event Taylor misses time in 2021, Hines is expected to have more involvement in Indianapolis' weekly game plans in light of his status as the team's top pass-catching option out of the backfield. To that end, Hines projects to hold more fantasy value than Mack -- particularly in PPR formats -- while Taylor is healthy, though the Colts aren't expected to phase Mack out of the offense entirely. After Mack went down with a season-ending Achilles' tendon tear Week 1 of last season, head coach Frank Reich often favored a three-man committee headlined by Taylor and featuring doses of Hines and Jordan Wilkins. With Taylor having established himself as the clear No. 1 option, Mack will most likely step into the Wilkins role in 2021, which should translate to a handful of touches per game.

Sep 7, 2021 6:34 AM EST

Moves past leg injury

Hines, who suffered a leg injury at Thursday's practice, was in uniform fielding kicks prior to Sunday's preseason opener against the Panthers, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: Hines previously relayed that he was fine following his early exit from Thursday's session, a notion confirmed by his presence on the field Sunday. It remains to be seen, however, how much work the change-of-pace back might see versus Carolina, given that the Colts are expected to rest a number of key players, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Aug 15, 2021 9:26 AM EST

Another injury in camp

Hines suffered a leg injury at Thursday's practice, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: According to coach Frank Reich, Hines had his "leg whipped," resulting in his early departure. Hines missed some time early in training camp with a hip issue and now is poised to sit out more sessions due to his current health concern. It wouldn't surprise if the Colts hold the pass-catching back out of Sunday's preseason opener against the Panthers, which could allow RBs further down the depth chart plenty of reps during his time away from the field.

Aug 12, 2021 3:19 PM EST

Returns from hip injury

Hines participated in practice Tuesday for the first time in training camp after sitting out with a sore hip, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: Hines has played all 48 games through three NFL seasons and this issue doesn't sound serious, so he'll likely be ready for the start of the regular season. While the Indianapolis offense will take a hit with Carson Wentz out five to 12 weeks after foot surgery, there's a case to be made that Hines could benefit if more short passes are called for backup Jacob Eason.

Aug 3, 2021 8:12 PM EST

Bothered by hip

Hines is dealing with a hip injury and won't practice Wednesday, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.

Analysis: Hines has played all 48 games through three NFL seasons and wasn't reported to be dealing with an injury or recovering from surgery during the offseason. He's likely just dealing with a minor issue, but the Colts haven't provided details yet, apart from revealing that his absence from the first day of training camp was due to a hip injury. The team has impressive backfield depth, with Hines joined by Marlon Mack and Jordan Wilkins behind lead runner Jonathan Taylor.

Jul 28, 2021 8:50 AM EST

Competing with Taylor, Mack

Hines may face tougher competition for snaps this season, but he'll still have plays specifically designed to get him the ball, according to Zak Keefer of The Athletic.

Analysis: Marlon Mack's Achilles tear in Week 1 last year left the Colts with Hines, Jonathan Taylor and Jordan Wilkins in the backfield. Each of the four is still with the team, and Taylor is locked in for a sizable workload after exploding for 723 total yards and eight touchdowns over the final five weeks of his rookie season. If Taylor stays healthy, it'll be tough for Hines to match his career-best 2020 campaign, though he still figures to get most of the backfield snaps in clear passing situations. He's entering the final year of his rookie contract, and his impressive work on punt returns (14.9-yard average, two TDs on 39 career attempts) will give his agent some extra ammo in negotiations for an extension. Colts owner Jim Irsay said LB Darius Leonard and OT Braden Smith will be the priorities for extensions this offseason, but Irsay did at least mention Hines as a third possibility from the team's 2018 draft class, Jim Ayello of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Jul 7, 2021 1:23 PM EST

Seven touches in playoff loss

Hines rushed six times for 75 yards and caught one of three targets for eight yards in Saturday's 27-24 wild-card round loss to the Bills.

Analysis: He took a back seat to Jonathan Taylor (23 touches) but made the most of his limited touches, finishing with 83 scrimmage yards to Taylor's 84. Hines was tackled on the one-yard line twice, and while Taylor promptly powered in a touchdown on the next play after the first one, Hines' inability to get in proved costly the second time, as the Colts went backwards from there and ultimately turned it over on downs. The versatile running back should maintain his prominent change-of-pace role in the final year of his rookie contract next season.

Jan 9, 2021 2:26 PM EST

Collects 67 total yards in win

Hines rushed twice for 17 yards and secured six of seven targets for 50 yards in the Colts' 28-14 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Analysis: Hines was a complete afterthought in the ground game with Jonathan Taylor exploding for a career-high 253 yards and two touchdowns, but he paced the Colts in receptions and receiving yards in a game where Indianapolis stuck to a conservative passing attack. Hines' carry total was his lowest since Week 9, but his reception total qualified as his second highest of the season. Given Taylor's late-season surge, Hines projects to primary fill the pass-catching role he carries out so effectively in next weekend's wild-card matchup against the Bills.

Jan 3, 2021 5:21 PM EST

Totals 64 scrimmage yards

Hines carried eight times for 44 yards and caught all five of his targets for 20 additional yards during Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Hines averaged a healthy 5.5 yards per carry and snared every pass sent his way, but his inability to break off big plays limited his overall output. Although his 145 rushing yards over the last three games is by far his best stretch of the season, he's averaging just 16 receiving yards per game during the same timeframe. Hines could have plenty of chances to add to his numbers in next Sunday's regular-season finale against the hapless Jaguars.

Dec 27, 2020 3:23 PM EST

Limited to seven touches

Hines rushed the ball five times for 43 yards in Week 15 against the Texans. He added two receptions for 11 yards.

Analysis: Hines played a complementary role to Jonathan Taylor, with much of his production coming on the team's first drive on a 23-yard run. He chipped in from there for the remainder of the game, including additional rushes of 11 and nine yards as well as a nine-yard reception. Hines will likely be in line for a complementary role once again in a Week 16 matchup against the Steelers.

Dec 20, 2020 6:19 PM EST

Racks up 75 scrimmage yards

Hines carried seven times for 58 yards and caught all four of his targets for 17 additional yards during Sunday's 44-27 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: Hines gashed the Las Vegas defense for 8.3 yards per carry but saw his attempts limited as Jonathan Taylor rumbled for 150 yards on 20 carries of his own. He finished third on the team in targets and hauled in every pass thrown his way, but his long gain in that department went for just six yards as he finished with his lowest receiving output since Week 4. Still, Hines has been productive while averaging 13 touches per game over the last four and should have a great chance to pad his stats next Sunday against a dismal Texans defense.

Dec 13, 2020 5:22 PM EST

Scores seventh touchdown

Hines carried six times for 10 yards and a touchdown while catching all three of his targets for 22 additional yards during Sunday's 26-20 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Hines managed just 1.7 yards per carry but found his way into the end zone from five yards out in the first quarter for his seventh touchdown of the season. He caught every ball thrown his way but simply wasn't utilized enough in that regard to make an impact, since his team played from ahead most of the day. Meanwhile, rookie Jonathan Taylor enjoyed another strong performance and should receive the bulk of the backfield work in next Sunday's matchup against the Raiders, though Hines enters the game having averaged 13.3 touches per game over his last four.

Dec 6, 2020 2:35 PM EST

Tallies eight receptions

Hines rushed the ball 10 times for 29 yards in Week 12 against the Titans. He added eight receptions on 10 targets for 66 yards.

Analysis: Hines carried the ball four times on the Colts' first offensive possession in the absence of Jonathan Taylor (illness), racking up 12 yards in the process. The majority of his production thereafter was dictated by game script, as the Colts faced a large deficit from the middle of the second quarter onward. That allowed Hines to rack up both season-high target and catch totals, highlighted by gains of 19 and 10 yards. Though the Colts aren't likely to face a big deficit against Houston in Week 13, Hines did out-touch Jordan Wilkins 18-9 and would likely serve as the lead back if Taylor remains sidelined.

Nov 29, 2020 2:46 PM EST

Gets start at RB

Hines will get the start at running back in Sunday's game against Tennessee, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Colts are expected to divide the workload at running back between Hines and Jordan Wilkins with Jonathan Taylor out, but Hines will get the start.

Nov 29, 2020 9:58 AM EST

Can't follow up big performance

Hines recorded six rushes for two yards in Week 11 against the Packers. He added three receptions for 31 yards.

Analysis: Hines recorded 115 total yards in Week 10 and worked as the lead back early on against the Packers as a result. However, he could not carry over his efficiency and was regularly stuffed behind the line on his rushing attempts. Hines did remain involved as a pass-catcher and had a six-yard receiving score nullified by a holding penalty. Though his strength as a receiver out of the backfield will keep him involved in the offense, it's unlikely that Hines will see a lead-back workload regularly as the season comes to a close.

Nov 22, 2020 8:07 PM EST

Shines as lead back in win

Hines rushed 12 times for 70 yards and a touchdown and brought in five of six targets for 45 yards and another score in the Colts' 34-17 win over the Titans on Thursday night.

Analysis: Hines outpaced backfield mates Jordan Wilkins and Jonathan Taylor by four and five carries, respectively, and he was easily the most efficient of the trio while gaining 5.8 yards per rush. The third-year pro's number of rushing touches represented a season high, and he now has three receiving touchdowns overall in the last three games courtesy of his 13-yard scoring grab in the second quarter Thursday. Hines' strong night notwithstanding, it's difficult to pin down coach Frank Reich's running back usage from week to week, leaving Hines with nebulous fantasy prospects going into a Week 11 interconference showdown against the Packers on Sunday, Nov. 22.

Nov 12, 2020 9:02 PM EST

Catches two passes in Week 9

Hines carried twice for 18 yards and caught two passes (on three targets) for 20 yards in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Coming off a two-TD effort in Week 8, Hines' change-of-pace impact was modest Sunday. Looking ahead to Thursday's game against the Titans, Hines remains on the PPR radar, but his fantasy value in standard formats is capped by the fact that Jonathan Taylor and Jordan Wilkins are also in the Colts' backfield mix.

Nov 9, 2020 4:27 PM EST

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