Wilkins had nine carries for 40 yards in Sunday's win over the Vikings
Wilkins played 17 snaps on offense compared to nine snaps for Nyheim Hines in backup duty behind Jonathan Taylor (49 snaps). Wilkins got most of his carries late in the game when it became a blowout, so he's still likely the third running back with Nyheim Hines likely ahead of him and more likely to get work on passing downs. Either way, Sunday's game showed that Taylor is likely to get the majority of touches in the backfield.
Wilkins is primed to be the Colts' No. 3 RB following news that Marlon Mack has suffered a torn Achilles, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Wilkins has a decent track record with 643 yards and three touchdowns on 111 carries over his first two years in the league, but when Mack went down Sunday against the Jaguars, Nyheim Hines and Jonathan Taylor carried the bulk of the workload. Wilkins, by contrast, saw just one offensive snap. That could change in Week 2 against Minnesota with a full week of preparation, but Hines and Taylor were both impressive and will likely still handle most of the touches.
Wilkins (undisclosed) returned to practice Thursday, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.
Wilkins got back out on the field after missing all practices earlier this week. The third-year running back finds himself towards the bottom of the totem pole on the running back depth chart, as he's competing with the likes of Marlon Mack, Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines for valuable reps throughout training camp.
Wilkins did not participate in Monday's scrimmage at Lucas Oil Stadium with an undisclosed issue, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.
The 2018 fifth-round pick eclipsed 300 rushing yards in each of his first two seasons as Indianapolis' secondary early-down back behind Marlon Mack, but the addition of second-round pick Jonathan Taylor significantly dampens his outlook for 2020. While it's not clear if he has suffered an injury, missing practice time won't help Wilkins get a larger role in the offense.
Wilkins (knee) likely will enter training camp as the No. 4 running back on the depth chart, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.
The 2018 fifth-round pick eclipsed 300 rushing yards in each of his first two seasons as Indianapolis' secondary early-down back behind Marlon Mack, but the addition of second-round pick Jonathan Taylor significantly dampens his outlook for 2020. Nyheim Hines is set to operate as the passing-down back, likely leaving scraps for Wilkins, barring an injury.
Wilkins (knee) finished the 2019 season with 51 rushes for 307 yards and two touchdowns while catching seven passes for 43 yards over 14 regular-season games.
When Marlon Mack fractured his hand, Wilkins was in line for additional usage, but Johnathan Williams took over as the bell cow instead. Wilkins logged double-digit carries on just one occasion, but he averaged 6.0 yards per carry. The 25-year-old running back's knee injury doesn't appear to be an issue for 2020. He's under contract for next year as well, but his playing time will likely be inconsistent with Mack and Nyheim Hines returning as well.
Wilkins (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's contest against the Jaguars due to a knee injury, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.
Wilkins was added to the injury report Thursday with an ankle issue, but it was a knee concern that limited his participation in practice Friday and prompted the Colts to hold him out of the season finale, With Wilkins sidelined, Nyheim Hines and Jonathan Williams could be in line to handle additional snaps behind top running back Marlon Mack.
Wilkins (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan reports.
There's been no word on the severity of his ankle issue, but the fact Wilkins was added to the Colts' injury report Thursday is worth noting. The running back's participation level at practice Friday will be telling with regard to his availability for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Jaguars.
Wilkins ran for 84 yards and a touchdown on nine carries during Sunday's 38-6 win over Carolina.
Wilkins was having a ho-hum game heading into the final minutes of the game. He then ripped off a 38-yard scamper to the goal line and subsequently punched it in on the next play. The season ends next Sunday with a matchup against Jacksonville's 29th-ranked run defense, but Wilkins is a risky bet to take advantage of that matchup -- he's topped 25 yards just five times this season and has had double-digit touches just once in 2019.
Wilkins rushed three times for 10 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 34-7 loss to the Saints. He also caught one of three targets for seven yards.
Wilkins converted a one-yard touchdown run on Indy's final offensive series to salvage some late points. The tailback didn't do much else, but neither did starter Marlon Mack, who finished with 11 carries for 19 yards. Fortunately for both, Week 16's matchup comes against the Panthers, who've surrendered the third-most rushing yards this season.
Wilkins had just one carry for one yard and played just nine snaps on offense in Sunday's loss at Tampa Bay.
He had a minor role thanks to the return of Marlon Mack from a broken hand. Wilkins may not get many touches this week against New Orleans behind Mack and Nyheim Hines.
Coach Frank Reich suggested that Wilkins would be in line for a lesser role Sunday against the Buccaneers with lead running back Marlon Mack (hand) available to play, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports. "Not thinking a big pitch count," Reich said of Mack on Friday. "Even when he's humming, we don't hesitate to rotate those guys. We know Marlon's going to get the bulk of those carries. I'm anticipating that all four backs will dress. So it might be a little bit more of a rotation involved."
Mack missed the Colts' past two games with the fractured hand, paving the way for both Jonathan Williams and Wilkins to see increased involvement on the ground. While Williams headlined the backfield in the Week 12 game in Houston, Wilkins -- who played just one snap versus the Texans -- led the rushing attack in last week's loss to the Titans, taking a season-high 11 carries for 47 yards while chipping in two catches for nine yards. Based on Reich's comments, it doesn't sound like Mack will face any significant restrictions in his return to action, so expect Wilkins and Williams to only handle minor complementary roles. Nyheim Hines should retain his usual duties as the Colts' top change-of-pace option, with most of his work coming on passing downs.
Wilkins carried the ball 11 times for 47 yards in the team's Week 13 loss to the Titans. He also hauled in two passes for nine yards.
After logging just one offensive snap in the team's Week 12 contest against the Texans, Wilkins led the team in both carries and rushing yards in Week 13. His performance wasn't particularly noteworthy, as he gained seven and 15 yards on his first two carries, respectively, but then failed to gain more than five yards on the ground until his final rush, halfway through the fourth quarter. Though his workload was a positive, Wilkins and the Colts' backfield will have a tough matchup against the Buccaneers in Week 14. In addition, Marlon Mack (hand) may be back in action, which would greatly cut into Wilkins' workload.
Coach Frank Reich said Wednesday that he intends to get Wilkins more involved in the offense going forward, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.
Reich said Wilkins was only considered to be an emergency option in the Week 12 loss to the Texans, during which he played just one offensive snap. It's possible the second-year pro could see an increased role Sunday against Tennessee with Marlon Mack (hand) already ruled out, but Wilkins is unlikely to receive enough touches to warrant fantasy consideration behind Jonathan Williams and Nyheim Hines.
Wilkins logged just one snap on offense in Thursday's 20-17 loss to the Texans.
Wilkins -- who missed Week 11's win over the Jaguars due to an ankle injury -- was, however, healthy enough to see action on 12 special-teams snaps. With starter Marlon Mack (hand) out Thursday, it was Jonathan Williams who headed the Colts' backfield, racking up 104 yards on 26 carries (including a TD) and adding three catches for 17 yards. Meanwhile, change-of-pace man Nyheim Hines rushed nine times for 51 yards and hauled in two passes for 10 yards. Even if Mack misses additional time, Wilkins is off the fantasy radar, since he's clearly been overtaken by Williams in the team's RB pecking order.
Wilkins (ankle) doesn't carry an injury designation into Thursday's game against the Texans.
With lead back Marlon Mack (hand) out indefinitely, Jonathan Williams and Wilkins are in line to serve as the top options in the Colts' Week 12 rushing attack, with Nyheim Hines slated to work in a change-of-pace role. It's the sort of timeshare that makes Wilkins a hit-or-miss fantasy proposition this week, but he's at least an option for those in need of running back due to injury or bye-week issues.
Wilkins (ankle) was listed as a limited participant Tuesday on the Colts' estimated practice report.
Since the Colts only staged a walk-through session Tuesday, Wilkins' limited listing shouldn't be taken as evidence that he tested out his injured ankle in any drills. That being said, Indianapolis' decision to upgrade Wilkins from no participation Monday to limited participation on the estimated report leaves the door open for him to return from a one-game absence Thursday versus the Texans. If Wilkins is active in Week 12, he and Jonathan Williams would both be looking at enhanced workloads on the ground as the Colts look to replace injured lead back Marlon Mack (hand).
Wilkins (ankle) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's estimated practice report.
After defeating the Jaguars a day earlier, the Colts only staged a walk-through session Monday rather than an actual practice. More clarity on Wilkins' status for Week 12 could come based on what he's able to do at Tuesday's practice, but the second-year player can't be considered a lock to play Thursday versus the Texans at this stage. If Wilkins does return from a one-game absence, coach Frank Reich indicated that he and Jonathan Williams could share most of the work on the ground with lead back Marlon Mack (hand) out indefinitely.
Coach Frank Reich said Monday that Wilkins (ankle) and Jonathan Williams will likely split most of the work available in the backfield while Marlon Mack (hand) is out indefinitely, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.
After undergoing surgery to repair the fractured right hand he sustained in Sunday's 33-13 win over the Jaguars, Mack has already been ruled out for the Colts' Week 12 game against the Texans and will most likely miss a few more contests beyond that. With Wilkins' own ankle issue keeping him inactive Sunday, Williams shouldered the load effectively, rushing 13 times for 116 yards and taking his lone reception for a 31-yard gain. That strong outing may give Williams a leg up over Wilkins in picking up work, especially with the latter shaking off an injury and now facing a quick turnaround with the Colts playing in Houston on Thursday night. Nyheim Hines lingers as another option in the backfield, but Reich suggested the 5-foot-9 scatback would mostly remain in a change-of-pace role.
Wilkins (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against the Jaguars.
Wilkins will miss the first game of his two-year career. The depth running back has rushed 27 times for 165 yards this year while catching four of five targets for 27 yards. In Wilkins' stead, Nyheim Hines and Jonathan Williams are set to rotate in behind backfield-leader Marlon Mack.
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