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Nyheim Hines

Nyheim Hines

Running Back #7
ADP:Round: 13, Pick: 11
Team: Indianapolis Colts
Ht / Wt:5'8" / 198 lb.
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 4 (104)
Draft Team:IND

Nyheim Hines: Expected to play significant role

Colts OC Nick Sirianni indicated Monday during his media session that he anticipates Hines playing a significant role in the passing game in 2020, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 the Fan reports.

Analysis: Hines has numerous competitors for reps in 2020 second-round pick Jonathan Taylor, Marlon Mack and Jordan Wilkins. Fortunately for him, none of the other three is particularly proficient as a pass-catcher, which plays into the strengths of the third-year back. Sirianni compared Hines to Danny Woodhead when he compiled 80 catches during the 2015 season. That could bode well for Hines' chances of connecting with quarterback Phillip Rivers -- who tossed 108 targets to starting back Austin Ekeler last season -- early and often in 2020.

May 13, 2020 1:38 PM EST

Nyheim Hines: Increased competition for snaps

Hines faces increased competition for playing time in the Indianapolis backfield after the Colts took Jonathan Taylor with the 41st pick in the NFL Draft.

Analysis: Hines operated in a traditional runner/receiver timeshare with Marlon Mack last season, seeing 52 carries and 58 targets while playing 31.5 percent of offensive snaps in 16 games. His snaps could decrease significantly with Taylor now in the mix. However, Hines could still emerge as the primary receiving specialist out of the backfield.

April 26, 2020 8:19 AM EST

Nyheim Hines: Benefits from Rivers signing

Hines should get more opportunities on offense this upcoming season, potentially benefiting from playing with Philip Rivers, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Hines operated in a traditional runner/receiver timeshare with Marlon Mack last season, seeing 52 carries and 58 targets while playing 31.5 percent of offensive snaps in 16 games -- down from 85 carries, 81 targets and 43.9 percent snap share during his rookie 2018 campaign. The Colts were fifth in run-play rate (46.4 percent) with Jacoby Brissett replacing Andrew Luck under center, but the offense should open up for more passing under Rivers, who has a long history of peppering his running backs with targets. LaDainian Tomlinson, Darren Sproles, Mike Tolbert, Danny Woodhead, Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler each had at least one season with 75-plus targets playing alongside Rivers in the Chargers backfield. Given Mack's limited pass-catching usage to this point in his career, Hines stands a reasonable chance to crack that 75-target mark, though he probably won't reach peak Woodhead/Ekeler territory in triple digits.

April 8, 2020 6:30 AM EST

Nyheim Hines: Supplies 56 total yards in Week 17

Hines carried seven times for 34 yards and added three receptions for 22 yards on five targets in the Colts' 38-20 loss to the Jaguars in Week 17.

Analysis: After taking two punts to the house in the Colts' Week 16 win over the Panthers, Hines had a more muted impact on special teams in the regular-season finale, collecting 44 yards across his three total returns. Instead, Hines offered his primary contributions as a change-of-pace option behind top back Marlon Mack. Hines' 56 total yards from scrimmage were his most since Week 12, and his second-best output of the season overall. Expect the 2018 fourth-round pick to maintain his spot as the No. 2 option on the backfield depth chart entering training camp next summer.

January 7, 2020 1:18 PM EST

Nyheim Hines: Dominates on special teams

Hines had a four-yard run and two-yard catch during Sunday's 38-6 win over Carolina, but did the bulk of his damage on special teams with 195 yards and two touchdowns on three punt returns.

Analysis: Hines extended the Colts' lead to two scores midway through the first quarter with an 84-yard touchdown on a punt return. He put the game away midway through the fourth quarter with a weaving 71-yard return. They were the first two return touchdowns of Hines' career. The season ends in Jacksonville, against whom Hines ran for 11 yards and a touchdown on three carries and had a pair of kick returns for 44 yards.

December 22, 2019 2:50 PM EST

Nyheim Hines: Takes backseat in blowout loss

Hines rushed twice for 10 yards and caught both targets for two yards in Monday's 34-7 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: This is the game script that should've benefited a back like Hines, as the Colts trailed by a hefty margin early and Jacoby Brissett threw 34 times. However, Marlon Mack commanded a bulk of the team's backfield reps, rushing 11 times for 19 yards. Hines is tough to depend on now that Mack's back, but he still has pass-catching upside with 40 receptions for 296 scoreless yards this year.

December 17, 2019 1:29 PM EST

Nyheim Hines: Picks up 25 yards in loss

Hines gained one yard on four carries and added 24 yards on four catches during Sunday's 38-35 loss to Tampa Bay. He lost a fumble during the contest.

Analysis: Hines struggled Sunday against Tampa Bay's stout rush defense, and was held to his lowest yardage total since Week 7. The fumble was just the second of Hines' career and the first that he's lost, so there shouldn't be much panic there. He continues to have nice value as a receiver out of the backfield who, as of late, has earned his fair share of red-zone carries. Monday's matchup against New Orleans is an interesting one as the Saints' run defense is so-so, surrendering 4.3 yards per carry, but has seldom been tested this season, ranking 31st in rushing attempts against as the Saints tend to take control of games early.

December 10, 2019 10:19 PM EST

Nyheim Hines: Finds end zone in Week 13

Hines ran the ball four times for 22 yards and touchdown in the team's Week 13 loss to the Titans. He also added two receptions for 18 yards.

Analysis: Hines saw the fewest carries out of the trio in the Colts' backfield, though he was the only to find the end zone. He was given consecutive rushing attempts near the goal line on the team's first drive in the third quarter, first carrying the ball from the the four to the one prior to scoring from one yard away. He was also targeted only twice in the passing game, surprising usage given the team's lack of offensive skill-position players. Hines and the rest of the Colts' backfield will have a tough matchup against the Buccaneers in Week 14, though he may be able to get things going through the air if given an opportunity.

December 1, 2019 4:12 PM EST

Nyheim Hines: Efficient in Week 12 loss

Hines rushed nine times for 51 yards and secured two of three targets for 10 yards in the Colts' 20-17 loss to the Texans on Thursday.

Analysis: In the Colts' first game without Marlon Mack (hand) this season, Hines logged a season high in carries and parlayed it into a season-best rushing yardage tally. Hines also continued in his usual pass-catching role, so he could be poised to continue seeing extra volume if Mack also sits out a Week 13 divisional showdown with the Titans, a week from this Sunday.

November 21, 2019 9:14 PM EST

Nyheim Hines: Role may not change with Mack out

Coach Frank Reich said Monday that Hines will mostly remain in his usual hybrid role while Marlon Mack (hand) is sidelined, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: Mack underwent surgery Monday to repair his fractured right hand, an injury he sustained a day earlier in the Colts' 33-13 win over the Jaguars. Despite the lead back's early departure, Hines (three carries for 11 yards, three receptions for 24 yards) didn't see a major spike in usage. Instead, Jonathan Williams (13 carries for 116 yards, one catch for 31 yards) was the main beneficiary, prompting Reich to tab him and Jordan Wilkins (ankle) as the main candidates to fill Mack's high-volume role on the ground beginning with the Week 12 matchup with Houston. Mack's absence may still leave a couple more extra carries available for Hines, but the workload bump probably won't be substantial enough to change Hines' fantasy value in a significant manner.

November 18, 2019 10:20 AM EST

Nyheim Hines: Should see increased role

Hines carried the ball three times for 11 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 against the Jaguars. He also added three receptions on four targets for 24 yards.

Analysis: Hines took advantage of Marlon Mack's hand injury to record his first touchdown of the season. His scamper came early in the fourth quarter when he took a handoff for seven yards into the end zone. He tallied three rushing attempts and a target after Mack exited early in the third quarter, clearly working behind Jonathan Williams. However, with Mack already declared out, Hines should be in line for increased work as the Colts take on the Texans in Week 12 on Thursday.

November 17, 2019 5:53 PM EST

Nyheim Hines: Leads team with 46 receiving yards

Hines rushed two times for a loss of one yard, but hauled in four passes (five targets) for 46 receiving yards in Sunday's 19-13 win over the Chiefs.

Analysis: Marlon Mack (ankle) was able to return and handle a heavy workload, which kept Hines in a third-down back role. The 22-year-old actually led all Colts receivers in yardage on a night where the team was focused on moving the chains and controlling the ball. Mack will receive an extra week to return to full strength over the team's upcoming bye, so expect Hines to be limited to work on passing downs in Week 7's matchup against the Texans.

October 7, 2019 12:12 AM EST

Nyheim Hines: Steps in for injured Mack

Hines ran for six yards on three attempts and added 39 yards on six receptions during Sunday's 31-24 loss to Oakland.

Analysis: Hines enjoyed a season-high nine touches Sunday as Marlon Mack (ankle) exited the game early and did not return. With the extent of Mack's injury unclear, fans will obviously be monitoring the situation heading in to Week 5 against the Chiefs. Should Mack miss time, Hines would seem to be likely to maintain his pass-catching role with a few more carries with Jordan Wilkins slightly more established as a runner.

September 29, 2019 4:08 PM EST

Nyheim Hines: Notches three grabs

Hines rushed twice for three yards and brought in three of four targets for 26 yards in the Colts' 27-24 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

Analysis: The backup running back saw minimal action on the ground as customary, but his pass-catching skills were put to use as customary. Hines hasn't logged more than four carries in any of the first three games, but he already has a pair of four-target tallies over that span and notched a season high in receiving yardage Sunday. The 22-year-old will look to up his contributions at the expense of the Raiders in Week 4.

September 22, 2019 2:49 PM EST

Nyheim Hines: Just 14 total yards Sunday

Hines had two carries for nine yards one one reception for five yards on two targets in Sunday's win over Tennessee.

Analysis: Hines didn't get much work behind Marlon Mack, though he got more snaps on offense (13) than No. 3 running back Jordan Wilkins (10 snaps). However, Wilkins had 82 yards rushing on five carries. Hines is still the No. 2 running back, but his production will be volatile based on when he's needed in the passing game. Still, it's concerning that had has just six carries and six targets combined in the first two games with Jacoby Brissett under center.

September 16, 2019 11:57 AM EST

Nyheim Hines: Small workload in Week 1

Hines carried the ball four times for 13 yards and caught all four of his targets for four yards in Sunday's 30-24 overtime loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: The split of touches in the Colts' backfield didn't change with Jacoby Brissett under center, as Marlon Mack saw 25 carries but didn't catch a pass. Hines could find better opportunities to make an impact in the passing game later in the year, but it will likely take an injury to Mack for Hines to see a significant workload.

September 8, 2019 4:58 PM EST

Nyheim Hines: No running room in preseason opener

Hines carried six times for one yard and wasn't targeted in the passing game in the Colts' 24-16 preseason loss to the Bills on Thursday.

Analysis: Hines started and played the first three series with Jacoby Brissett under center, but as his final line implies, he found zero running room versus a stingy Bills front. The second-year pro entered training camp with the label of third-down back attached, following an impressive rookie season in which he gained 314 yards and scored two touchdowns on the ground but added a 63-425-2 line through the air. Fellow second-year pro Jordan Wilkins figures to serve as the complement to starter Marlon Mack, leaving Hines with the majority of passing-down work.

August 8, 2019 7:43 PM EST

Nyheim Hines: Seen as third-down back

Hines is expected to handle third-down duties with Marlon Mack as the lead back, head coach Frank Reich told the Indianapolis Star Tribune.

Analysis: Reich made his comments after Indy's recent minicamp as Hines has retained his third-down role during spring practices despite the Colts adding Spencer Ware to the backfield. Ware will battle Jordan Wilkins and Jonathan Williams for the No. 2 RB role.

June 19, 2019 8:49 PM EST

Nyheim Hines: Limited snaps in Wild Card win

Hines did not have a carry or reception in Saturday's playoff win over Houston and played just nine snaps on offense. Hines didn't play much because Marlon Mack was playing well, Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni told Stephen Holder of The Athletic.

Analysis: We can only assume Hines will be used more this week against Kansas City since Hines previously had a low of 14 snaps and four touches in any game. Still, he had just three rushing attempts and seven receptions in his final two games of the regular season.

January 9, 2019 11:18 AM EST

Nyheim Hines: Plunges into the end zone

Hines rushed for two yards and a touchdown on two carries and added 41 yards on four catches during Sunday's 28-27 win over the Giants.

Analysis: The Colts were down by 14 points early Sunday before Hines barreled into the end zone on a goal-line score late in the second quarter, putting Indy on the board. The rookie's role has become more defined down the stretch, one that limits his carries behind Marlon Mack, but has led to him topping 40 yards receiving in three of his last four games. With the playoffs on the line, he'll take on a tough Titans defense Sunday, one that held him to 34 total yards in Week 11.

December 26, 2018 10:33 AM EST

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