Hines had four carries for seven yards, included an 8-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 in 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 (3 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 int he 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 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 had eight carries for 19 yards and one reception for nine yards. Perhaps the Colts were being coy about his usage in the preseason, but he looks behind Jordan Wilkins at running back and a player who won't initially figure prominently in Indy's offense.
|5||10/4/18||@ NE||8:20 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|13||12/2/18||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ TEN||1:00 pm|