Hines rushed six times for 25 yards and a touchdown and caught five of six targets for 54 yards in Sunday's 25-16 loss to the Titans. Hines opened the Colts' scoring with a nine-yard touchdown rush in the second quarter. The tailback otherwise was most impactful in the passing game, trailing only top wideout Michael Pittman in catches and receiving yards. In fact, with his output as a receiver Sunday, Hines narrowly topped starting tailback Jonathan Taylor's 72 yards from scrimmage overall. Now having been productive in two of Indianapolis' first three outings, Hines will strive to maintain his form Week 4 versus the Dolphins.
Hines had one carry for five yards and one reception on two targets for 17 yards in Sunday's loss to the Rams. Hines played 25 snaps and went out for a pass on 20 plays, which was in line with Week 1, but he didn't figure into the game plan as much. He had just two games last season with fewer than two receptions. Part of that may be due to an offensive line that struggled for a second consecutive game. Hines will play a prominent role in the backfield even with Jonathan Taylor healthy, but his weekly usage will vary depending on the game plan and game script. However, it may be a minor worry that Marlon Mack got five carries after not playing Week 1.
Hines rushed nine times for 34 yards, secured six of eight targets for 48 yards and returned a punt for seven yards in the Colts' 28-16 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday. The versatile back turned in a trademark effort and even saw a nice rushing workload, although he naturally remained a clear complementary option behind Jonathan Taylor. Hines also tied Taylor for the team lead in catches while leading Indianapolis in targets in a game that tilted favorably to his hurry-up/two-minute offense skills as it unfolded. Hines' quick chemistry with new quarterback Carson Wentz was encouraging as well, and he'll look to put together another productive performance in Week 2 against the Rams.
The Colts have signed Hines to a three-year, $18.6 million extension, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports. That's quite a nice payout for the versatile playmaker, who's listed as Indy's No . 2 back behind Jonathan Taylor on the team's posted depth chart. Marlon Mack and Jordan Wilkins also are in the Colts' backfield mix, but given the investment made in Hines, it's clear that the 5-foot-9, 196-pounder is viewed as a key cog in the squad's 2021 offense. While Taylor is in line to handle the bulk of the early-down work, Hines should log enough complementary carries and passing targets to merit flex/PPR consideration in fantasy lineups.
Hines is listed as the No. 2 running back behind Jonathan Taylor and ahead of Marlon Mack on the Colts' unofficial Week 1 depth chart released Tuesday, JJ Stankevitz of the Colts' official site reports. While Mack is the most likely candidate to take over as the Colts' early-down back in the event Taylor misses time in 2021, Hines is expected to have more involvement in Indianapolis' weekly game plan in light of his status as the team's top pass-catching option out of the backfield. To that end, Hines projects to hold more fantasy value than Mack -- particularly in PPR formats -- while Taylor is healthy, though the Colts aren't expected to phase Mack out of the offense entirely. After Mack went down with a season-ending Achilles' tendon tear Week 1 of last season, head coach Frank Reich often favored a three-man committee headlined by Taylor and featuring doses of Hines and Jordan Wilkins. With Taylor having established himself as the clear No. 1 option, Mack will most likely step into the Wilkins role in 2021, which could translate into a handful of touches per game.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/24||@San Francisco 49ers||22||19.67|
|9||11/04||New York Jets||27||22.33|
|12||11/28||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||13.00|
|15||12/19||New England Patriots||12||15.00|
|17||01/02||Las Vegas Raiders||19||18.00|
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