Nyheim Hines Could be This Years Breakout Star

In his Indianapolis Colts debut yesterday, quarterback Phillip Rivers was unable to lead Indy to a victory over the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars, who bested the Colts by a score of 27-20. With that in mind, I think it is suffice to say the season didn’t start off like the Colts wanted. But there were definitely some positives: specifically the performance of running back Nyheim Hines.

Against Jacksonville yesterday, Hines was able to carry the ball 7 times for 28 yards and a touchdown. He also added 8 receptions for 45 yards and another touchdown through the air.

From the start of the game Hines had a role in the offense. Kind of surprising considering the Colts drafted Jonathan Taylor in the second round of this years draft, and their starter -Marlon Mack- was still healthy.

Unfortunately, Mack’s health didn’t last long as he tore his achilles during the game. That opens up the door for both Hines and Taylor to become bigger parts of the offense.

Yes, Taylor is a monster that should get the bulk of the carries, but with Rivers under center Hines could be the true breakout star to come out of this backfield.

Rivers has notoriously hyper targeted running backs over his career. Last year with the Los Angeles Chargers, Rivers threw to running backs a whopping 31.6% of the time. So with that being the case, both Hines and Taylor have an opportunity to touch the ball a lot: both on the ground, and through the air.

Now Taylor is no slouch, but Hines is definitely the better receiver. That’s been his role ever since college and has continued into the pros after being selected in the 4th round by Indy back in 2018.

So with Rivers showing yesterday that he will continue his ways of dumping it to the running back, Hines is set to have a monster year: similar to the aforementioned Ekeler last year.

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– Jarrod Ribaudo (@Jribs53)

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