Hines had three carries for three yards and three receptions for 19 yards on four targets in Sunday's win over the Jaguars. Hines is Indy's pass-catching back, but he'd been productive on the ground the past two weeks with 125 yards rushing and a 7.8 YPC. However, the Colts struggled with the run Sunday as Marlon Mack averaged just 2.4 yards per carry. Hines played 20 snaps on offense as he's the clear No. 2 running back ahead of Jordan Wilkins, who played just five snaps on offense.
Hines had 11 carries for 78 yards and two receptions on two targets for seven yards in Sunday's win at Oakland. Hines is Indy's pass-catching back, but he's been productive on the ground the past two weeks with 125 yards rushing and a 7.8 YPC. He's the clear No. 2 RB with 28 snaps on offense compared to three snaps for Jordan Wilkins and 49 snaps for starter Marlon Mack.
Hines had five carries for 47 yards and lost five yards on his only reception on two targets in Sunday's win over Buffalo. Marlon Mack started at running back and had 126 yards rushing while playing 37 of the offense's 66 snaps. He's the clear No. 1 back with a return to full strength from a hamstring injury. However, Hines looks like the No. 2 RB and still set to get significant time as he played 17 snaps on offense while Jordan Wilkins had 15 snaps.
Hines should remain a part of the Colts' backfield committee Thursday against the Patriots with teammate Marlon Mack (hamstring) ruled out for the contest. Robert Turbin's return from a four-game suspension shouldn't have much impact on Hines, considering the Colts primarily used the 28-year-old in goal-line and short-yardage situations the past couple seasons. Hines has emerged as the most valuable member of the Indianapolis backfield, with his skill set making him a nice fit for an extremely pass-heavy offense. He could be in for another large target total Thursday when the Colts go to battle without Mack, T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) and Jack Doyle (hip).
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.
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