Nyheim Hines

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

Could see slot work

Hines is a candidate to benefit from the Colts' addition of quarterback Matt Ryan,Nate Atkins of the Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: Per Atkins, look for team to utilize Hines in more creative ways, which could include work out of the slot, a scenario that would boost the running back's touches while working behind top option Jonathan Taylor. Per JJ Stankevitz of the Colts' official site, the notion of Hines seeing more work out of the slot has been echoed by GM Chris Ballard, while coach Frank Reich has also suggested that the team will look to find ways to get the ball into the hands of the 2018 fourth-rounder more often. This past season, Hines logged 56 carries for 276 yards and two TDs in 17 games, while catching 40 of his 57 targets for 310 yards and a receiving score. The 25-year-old's catch and target totals last year while working with QB Carson Wentz represented career-lows, but with Ryan at the helm, it's reasonable to expect Hines to see an uptick in both categories, and with that increased PPR utility in 2022.

Apr 1, 2022 8:45 AM EST

Limited role in 2021

Hines rushed 56 times for 276 yards and two touchdowns while catching 40 of 57 targets for 310 yards and a touchdown during the 2021 campaign.

Analysis: Hines was in a relatively even timeshare with Jonathan Taylor across the first few weeks of the season, but Taylor established himself as the clear lead back later in the year. However, Hines still appeared in every game and was on the field for double-digit offensive snaps in all but one of his appearances. He remains under contract with the Colts for two more years and could continue to see playing time in a reserve role during the 2022 campaign, but Taylor should remain the clear No. 1 back for Indianapolis.

Jan 24, 2022 9:39 AM EST

Six touches in loss

Hines had two carries for four yards and four receptions for 14 yards on four targets in Sunday's loss to Las Vegas.

Analysis: Hines had the most touches he's had in three games and just the second time he's had six or more since Week 9. That says more about how little Hines has been used in the second half of the season than any change in his workload. Hines will continue to have a minimal workload as long as Jonathan Taylor remains healthy.

Jan 3, 2022 9:12 AM EST

Another sparse outing

Hines recorded three carries for 11 yards, one catch (on one target) for seven yards and one kick return for 16 yards during Saturday's 22-16 win at Arizona.

Analysis: Per usual, Jonathan Taylor dominated the Colts backfield, compiling 27 carries and going without a catch on two targets. In 13 contests prior to the team's bye week, Hines averaged 6.4 touches per game, but he's totaled just five touches in two outings since then. Considering the negligible recent workload, it's tough to rely on much, if any, production from Hines during the stretch run of the season.

Dec 25, 2021 9:41 PM EST

Sneaks into end zone Saturday

Hines caught one of two targets for a six-yard touchdown in Saturday's 27-17 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: He opened the scoring late in the first quarter on a trick play by the Colts, as Jonathan Taylor took a direct snap and handed it to Carson Wentz, who then shoveled it to Hines to take into the end zone behind a convoy of blockers that included Taylor. Unfortunately for Hines, it was his only touch of the night as Indy built a 17-0 lead by halftime and then leaned on Taylor to kill the clock. The TD was Hines' third of the season but his first receiving score, and given his diminished role in the offense, he'll remain a touchdown-dependent fantasy option in Week 16 against the Cardinals.

Dec 18, 2021 10:02 PM EST

Garners six touches

Hines rushed three times for 24 yards and caught three of four targets for 32 yards in Sunday's 31-0 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Hines was efficient with his six touches, which included a game-long catch of 24 yards. That play helped him finish second on the Colts in receiving, but he watched fellow tailback Deon Jackson score a three-yard touchdown to end the game, missing out on an easy opportunity to add to his output. The versatile Hines now enters the bye week with difficult matchups against the Patriots and Cardinals awaiting once the Colts return to action.

Dec 5, 2021 1:38 PM EST

Four touches in Week 12

Hines recorded one carry for three yards while hauling in three of four targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Although Hines' 25 offensive snaps Sunday marked his highest snap count since Week 9, he was unable to generate significant production against the stingy Tampa Bay defense. The 25-year-old topped 100 yards from scrimmage against the Jets in Week 9 but has had just seven carries for 46 yards while securing five of eight targets for 43 yards since then. The Colts' rushing attack has a more favorable matchup against Houston next week, but Hines' fantasy upside remains limited as long as Jonathan Taylor is healthy.

Nov 29, 2021 9:15 AM EST

Just four carries in win

Hines had four carries for 31 yards in Sunday's win at Buffalo.

Analysis: Hines played just 13 snaps on offense as he's had a smaller role in the offense then last season with Jonathan Taylor continuing to get more carries (32 on Sunday). Hines may have a week where he figures into the game plan as he did in Week 9 (74 yards rushing), but it's hard to see those coming and he otherwise isn't a major factor if Taylor is healthy.

Nov 23, 2021 10:52 AM EST

Just four touches Sunday

Hines had two carries for 12 yards and two receptions for 17 yards on four targets in Sunday's win over Jacksonville.

Analysis: After a big game last week against the Jets (a TD and 108 scrimmage yards), Hines was back to his more modest role in the offense. He played on just 18 of the offense's 64 snaps as Jonathan Taylor had a season-high 21 carries. Hines is capable of big games when Indy needs to throw the ball, which wasn't the case Sunday when playing from a large lead.

Nov 15, 2021 11:04 AM EST

Flashes with rushing TD in win

Hines rushed six times for 74 yards and a touchdown, secured four of six targets for 34 yards, returned one punt for 10 yards and ran back one kickoff for 15 yards in the Colts' 45-30 win over the Jets on Thursday night.

Analysis: Hines opened the scoring on the night with an impressive 34-yard scamper in the first quarter -- only his second of the season -- and he remained highly efficient by averaging eight yards per carry on his other five totes as well. Hines also recorded multiple grabs for the second straight game and fifth overall this season, setting him up well for a favorable Week 10 matchup against the Jaguars a week from Sunday.

Nov 4, 2021 9:38 PM EST

Four receptions Sunday

Hines had one carry for two yards and four receptions for 22 yards on five targets in Sunday's loss to Tennessee.

Analysis: Hines played on 25 of the offense's 80 snaps despite being limited in practice last week due to a rib injury. He was tied for third on the team in targets, but continues to have a limited role in the offense as he hasn't had a game with more than 10 touches since Week 3.

Nov 1, 2021 2:36 PM EST

Full practice Thursday

Hines practiced in full Thursday, clearing any concerns over his ability to play Sunday against the Titans.

Analysis: The running back was dealing with a rib injury to open the week, limiting his participation on Wednesday. He's now primed to play second fiddle to Jonathan Taylor again in Week 8. On the season, Hines has racked up 115 rushing yards and a score while reeling in 16 receptions for 131 yards through seven games.

Oct 28, 2021 2:21 PM EST

Listed as limited

Hines (ribs) was listed as limited on Wednesday's practice estimate.

Analysis: The same applies to top back Jonathan Taylor following Wednesday's walk-through, but so far there's nothing to suggest that either player is in danger of missing Sunday's game against the Titans. Hines is coming off a Week 7 effort in which he logged eight carries for 14 yards and minus-two yards on one catch in the Colts' win over the 49ers. Given that his involvement in the team's passing game has been limited over the last four weeks, Hines profiles as a speculative fantasy lineup option versus Tennessee.

Oct 27, 2021 1:51 PM EST

Just 12 scrimmage yards Sunday

Hines had eight carries for 14 yards and lost two yards on two receptions on three targets in Sunday's win at San Francisco.

Analysis: Hines had a bad drop on a pass that would have gone for 10-to-20 yards, which would have made his game look much better. He played on 19 of the offense's 68 snaps, which has been about his usual workload. However, he's just not a big part of a game plan unless the team is playing from far behind and is forced to throw as he hasn't had a game with more than ten touches since Week 3.

Oct 25, 2021 11:37 AM EST

Just five touches Sunday

Hines had four carries for 13 yards and one reception for nine yards on two targets in Sunday's win over Houston.

Analysis: Hines played on just 11 of the offense's 48 snaps as he wasn't needed in the passing game with the Colts having a large lead and with Johnathan Taylor running well (145 yards rushing). Meanwhile Marlon Mack had five carries and played nine snaps. While he may get more work when the Colts are playing from behind, it's worrisome he's had such little involvement the past three weeks (12 touches the last three games) and Mack has become more involved.

Oct 18, 2021 12:27 PM EST

Just four touches Monday

Hines had four carries for 18 yards and no receptions on one target in Monday's loss to Baltimore.

Analysis: Hines played 26 snaps (38% of offensive plays) which is about his average workload, but he had fewer carries and receptions than Marlon Mack. Hines was hindered by a sore shoulder in practice, but it doesn't sound like the injury was a factor in his workload. While Hines may get more work when the Colts are passing and playing from behind, it's been worrisome he's had such little involvement the past two weeks (four touches last week) and Mack has become more involved.

Oct 12, 2021 12:42 PM EST

Cleared for MNF

Hines (shoulder) doesn't carry an injury designation for Monday night's game against the Ravens after being listed as a full practice participant Saturday.

Analysis: Now that he's cleared for Week 5 action, Hines will continue to work in a change-of-pace role behind Indy's top back Jonathan Taylor. It's an assignment that has led to hit-or-miss fantasy production for Hines out of the gate. In the Colts' Week 4 win over the Dolphins, Hines logged two carries for six yards and two catches for five yards on two targets. Looking ahead, Hines figures to be more involved in games where the team needs to throw more, which keeps the 24-year-old on the PPR radar.

Oct 9, 2021 12:57 PM EST

Logs limited practice

Hines (shoulder) returned to a limited practice Friday.

Analysis: Hines' return to the field Friday -- albeit in a limited capacity -- after missing Thursday's practice, bodes well for his chances of suiting up for Monday night's game against the Ravens. Saturday's final injury report of the week will reveal whether Indy's change-of-pace back approaches the contest with an injury designation or cleared for Week 5 action.

Oct 8, 2021 2:18 PM EST

Back at practice

Hines (shoulder) returned to practice Friday, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: The Colts' upcoming Friday injury report will reveal Hines' participation level, but his return to the field in any capacity after not practicing Thursday is a good sign with regard to his status for Monday night's game against the Ravens. If available for the contest, Hines will continue to work in a change-of-pace role behind Indy's top back Jonathan Taylor.

Oct 8, 2021 10:53 AM EST

Sits out practice

Hines (shoulder) didn't practice Thursday.

Analysis: Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis previously noted that Hines indicated that a shoulder issue stemming from getting hit on a muffed punt during Week 4 action didn't impact him for the rest of the game, but the running back's absence from practice Thursday makes his status for Monday night's game against the Ravens worth monitoring. Assuming he's available for Week 5 action, Hines will continue to work in a change-of-pace role behind top back Jonathan Taylor. It's an assignment that has yielded hit-or-miss PPR production from Hines out of the gate.

Oct 7, 2021 1:21 PM EST

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