Hines and Jordan Wilkins are both candidates to handle increased roles while Marlon Mack (foot, hamstring) is out for Sunday's game in Philadelphia, NJ.com's Zack Rosenblatt reports. Hines dropped off from 12 touches Week 1 when Mack was out of the lineup to five touches Week 2 when his teammate returned. Of course, game script was arguably more relevant than Mack's presence, as the Colts jumped out to a lead last week and only attempted 31 passes (down from 53 in Week 1). Hines handled most of the passing-down work in both contests and likely will do the same Sunday in Philadelphia. Mack's absence still provides a slight boost, but it's more relevant for fellow rookie Jordan Wilkins, who leads the team with 24 carries for 101 yards.
Hines had four carries for seven yards, included an eight-yard touchdown, and lost two yards on his only reception and target in Sunday's win at Washington. The Colts split playing time evenly with Marlon Mack returning from a hamstring injury. Mack had 18 snaps on offense with Hines and Jordan Wilkins each playing 24 snaps. Hines would seem like the least likely candidate to get a shorter rushing touchdown as he's seen more as the option in the passing game. However, Hines had just one target after nine targets Week 1. Hines should have a steady role in the offense, but it's possible his playing time decreases when Mack gets back to full speed.
Hines had five carries for 19 yards and seven receptions on nine targets for 33 yards in Sunday's loss to Cincinnati. He played 37 snaps on offense compared to 46 snaps for Jordan Wilkins, who got the start at running back. Hines had a larger role than anticipated as both Wilkins and Hines got time in the backfield while Christine Michael (three snaps) wasn't a factor. Hines wasn't used in the return game after ball security issues in the preseason, but he could get another shot later in the season. Hines had just 3.8 YPC, but bested Wilkins' 2.9 YPC and Hines showed he could be effective as a receiver. While both Wilkins and Hines may see fewer snaps when Marlon Mack returns from a hamstring injury, Sunday's game shows Hines could still carve out a third-down role.
Hines is listed as the No. 3 running back and No. 3 kick returner and isn't listed as a punt returner on the Colts' depth chart ahead of Week 1. Hines entered the preseason as the top candidate to win both the punt and kickoff return jobs, but he had issues with ball security on returns in the preseason. Hines could have a sizeable role on offense, however, if Marlon Mack remains out with a hamstring injury.
Hines had five carries for zero yards and lost one yard on his only reception in Saturday's preseason win over San Francisco. Hines drew a lot of praise in minicamp and in training camp with the coaching staff saying they had plans to use him in the backfield, in the slot and out wide. However, he's had a poor preseason as he has eight carries for 19 yards and one reception for nine yards in three games. Perhaps the Colts were being coy about his usage in the preseason, but Hines seems to have fallen behind fellow rookie Jordan Wilkins, with little reason to expect a significant role early in the season.
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