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Nyheim Hines

Nyheim Hines

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

Nyheim Hines: Five receptions Sunday

Hines had five receptions on six targets for 27 yards in Sunday's win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Hines played 21 snaps on offense compared to just four snaps for Jordan Wilkins as the Colts turned to the passing game after falling behind early. Hines should continue to get more work as Jonathan Taylor's back up when the Colts need to pass with Wilkins used more when Taylor needs a break carrying the ball.

October 19, 2020 1:16 PM EST

Nyheim Hines: Has five touches Sunday

Hines had three carries for eight yards and two receptions for 22 yards on four targets in Sunday's loss at Cleveland.

Analysis: Hines played on 21 of the offense's 56 snaps and ran a route on 18 of the offense's 37 pass plays, according to Pro Football Focus. He got more playing time than Jordan Wilkins (just two snaps) with the Colts needing to throw the ball after throwing behind. However, the Colts couldn't get much going on the ground and gave the bulk of playing time to Jonathan Taylor (31 snaps) after a more even distribution of snaps last week.

October 12, 2020 10:04 PM EST

Nyheim Hines: Totals 32 yards

Hines carried the ball nine times for 24 yards in Week 4 against the Bears. He also added three receptions for eight yards.

Analysis: Hines wasn't heavily utilized in the offense, as Jordan Wilkins matched his nine carries. He did provide a spark to the offense on a drive late in the first quarter, recording a rush and reception of 12 and 15 yards respectively. The Colts have shown a willingness to employ a run-heavy approach early this season as they've often led games. While that's led to three victories, it is not conducive to Hines' success, which comes primarily as a receiver with the chance to work in the open field.

October 4, 2020 7:31 PM EST

Nyheim Hines: Practices fully

Hines (shoulder) practiced fully Thursday.

Analysis: He's thus slated to handle his usual change-of-pace role Sunday against the Bears, but given that both top back Jonathan Taylor and Jordan Wilkins are also in the mix for carries, Hines' weekly fantasy prospects hinge on his involvement in Indy's passing game. The 2018 fourth-rounder has parlayed his 14 targets through three games into 13 catches for 89 yards and a TD. He's also carried 14 times for 49 yards and a rushing score in that span.

October 1, 2020 12:57 PM EST

Nyheim Hines: Limited with shoulder issue

Hines (shoulder) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Hines appears to have sustained a shoulder injury during Sunday's win over the Jets, but the fact that he was able to at least partially participate in practice is encouraging. He'll have two more chances to ramp up his on-field activity before the Colts are forced to decide whether he'll carry an injury designation for Week 4.

September 30, 2020 12:54 PM EST

Nyheim Hines: Eleven touches in big win

Hines carried the ball seven times for 21 yards and caught four of five targets for 40 yards in Sunday's 36-7 win over the Jets.

Analysis: After scoring twice on 15 touches in the Colts' opener and then getting only one reception last week, Hines found something of a happy medium between those two extremes. The scatback actually led the team in targets on a day when the passing game wasn't really needed, which bodes well for his developing connection with Philip Rivers. Hines might be on the back burner again behind Jonathan Taylor in Week 4, however, on the road against a Bears defense that just got gashed for 148 rushing yards and two TDs by Atlanta.

September 27, 2020 6:37 PM EST

Nyheim Hines: Limited role Sunday

Hines had one reception for four yards and no carries in Sunday's win over Minnesota.

Analysis: Hines played just nine snaps while Jonathan Taylor played 49 snaps and Jordan Wilkins played 17 snaps (rushing for 40 yards). Hines' usage is a bit confounding, but it's likely just a byproduct of a game that became a rout in the second half and the Colts decided to use Wilkins to run out the clock. Sunday's game more likely highlights how Taylor is set to get the bulk of work with Hines in a more limited backup role than many expected. Hines should still have a larger workload in games where the team needs to make more throws to running backs.

September 21, 2020 12:20 PM EST

Nyheim Hines: Moves up depth chart

While Jonathan Taylor will take over as the primary running back with Marlon Mack out for the season with a torn Achilles, Hines will get snaps on all downs, head coach Frank Reich told Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site.

Analysis: Hines had two touchdowns (one receiving and one rushing) in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars as he had a larger role than expected even when Mack was healthy. He'll now be the No. 2 running back and could get the vast majority of receptions on passing downs, though Taylor looked sharp in the passing game Sunday (where he struggled at times in college).

September 14, 2020 2:12 PM EST

Nyheim Hines: Finds end zone twice

Hines carried the ball seven times for 28 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 against the Jaguars. He also added eight receptions for 45 yards and another score.

Analysis: Hines accounted for the first two scores of the Colts' season. His first touchdown came on a 12-yard scamper early in the first quarter. He followed that up one quarter later with an eight-yard reception to find the end zone. His heavy involvement in the passing game was little surprise, though he should the chance to maintain -- or even improve -- upon his involvement in the rushing attack in Week 2 against the Vikings with Marlon Mack (Achilles) almost certain to be absent.

September 13, 2020 2:07 PM EST

Nyheim Hines: Listed as kick and punt retuner

Hines will begin the season as Indy's primary kickoff and punt returner. He's also listed as the No. 3 running back on the team's initial unofficial depth chart.

Analysis: Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni has said that Hines will still be a significant part of the offense, but there will be plenty of competition with rookie Jonathan Taylor joining Marlon Mack and Jordan Wilkins in the Indianapolis backfield. Mack and Taylor are expected to be near co-starters, which could leave Hines with a limited number of snaps per game.

September 7, 2020 5:58 PM EST

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

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