Hines ran for 10 yards on four carries and added nine catches, 63 yards and two touchdowns in the air during Sunday's 37-34 loss to Houston.
Hines' second touchdown came during the closing moments of regulation as he snatched a nine-yard pass from Andrew Luck right in front of the end zone and slipped in for what would be the game-tying touchdown. Hines, like his stablemates, has struggled running the ball thus far this season, but has emerged as a quality receiver out of the backfield with 5.5 receptions per game. Given the Colts' difficulty with running the ball, a short-passing-game option like Hines is particularly valuable. He next takes on a Patriots pass defense that had struggled until a rebound game in Week 4.
Hines caught all five of his targets for 25 yards and added 18 yards on five carries during Sunday's 20-16 loss in Philadelphia.
Hines, averaging just 3.1 yards per carry this year, did not provide much assistance on the ground in Marlon Mack's (hamstring/foot) absence, but continued to offer Andrew Luck with a security blanket in the passing game. Through three games, the rookie back has as many receptions as starting receiver Ryan Grant. Hines hasn't been able to break a big gain, but he's an interesting back-end PPR option, particularly against a Houston front that might force Luck to dump the ball off quickly.
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 (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.
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