Wilkins rushed 10 times for 61 yards and caught both of his targets for three more in Sunday's 21-9 win over Washington. Wilkins exited the game for a while with an ankle injury, but he was able to return and operated as Indianapolis' running back of choice with the team running out the clock in the fourth quarter. He was more effective than Marlon Mack (34 yards on 10 carries) and Nyheim Hines (seven yards and a touchdown on four carries), but the Colts' three-headed running back committee promises to leave fantasy owners frustrated throughout the season. That being said, Wilkins seems like the safest bet to lead the team in rushing yards most weeks.
Wilkins was forced out of Sunday's game against Washington with an ankle injury. With Wilkins banged up, Marlon Mack will continue to head the Colts' Week 2 backfield, while Nyheim Hines is on hand to work in a change-of-pace role.
Wilkins rushed 14 times for 40 yards and caught all three of his targets for 21 yards in a 34-23 season-opening loss to the Bengals. Wilkins got the start with Marlon Mack (hamstring) inactive. The rookie fifth-rounder worked the ball down to the one-yard line on a first-quarter catch, but he got stuffed on a rushing attempt on the next play, forcing the Colts to settle for a field goal. Nyheim Hines and Christine Michael combined for just seven carries, so Wilkins appears primed to carry most of the rushing load as long as Mack remains out.
Wilkins will start at running back Sunday against the Bengals with Marlon Mack (hamstring) inactive, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports. With Mack's hamstring still presenting issues for him as he warmed up, the Colts elected to rule him out for the opener, paving the way for Wilkins to fill a vital role right away in his NFL regular-season debut. Wilkins, a fifth-round pick out of Mississippi, didn't provide much noteworthy production in the preseason, but his draft status along with the underwhelming performances of Nyheim Hines and Christine Michael were likely enough to position the rookie for the start. It's still likely that head coach Frank Reich to take a committee approach to the backfield to some extent, so Wilkins won't be guaranteed an overwhelming share of the touches.
Wilkins is the frontrunner to replace Marlon Mack (hamstring) in the starting lineup if the second-year pro isn't ready for Week 1, ESPN.com's Mike Wells reports. Though he didn't provide any specifics, coach Frank Reich mentioned Tuesday that Mack has made good progress the past couple days. Mack is still no sure thing to be available for the Sept. 9 opener against Cincinnati, and the Colts already know they won't have Robert Turbin (suspension) for the first four weeks of the season. Wilkins is one of three healthy, non-suspended running backs on the Indianapolis roster, joined by preseason catastrophe Nyheim Hines and veteran journeyman Christine Michael. It could all add up to a Week 1 start for Wilkins, albeit as part of a likely committee.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/05||@New England Patriots||20||17.00|
|6||10/14||@New York Jets||6||11.00|
|16||12/23||New York Giants||19||16.00|
|3 Year Avg||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|