Nyheim Hines
Nyheim Hines
24-Year-Old Running BackRB
Indianapolis Colts
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The Colts' selection of Jonathan Taylor didn't prevent Hines from shining in 2020, as the third-year scatback posted career highs in rushing yards, receiving yards and total touchdowns while helping to break in the new guy in the backfield. Marlon Mack's season-ending injury played its part in boosting Hines' touch volume, but his passing-down role was never in jeopardy and the addition of Philip Rivers under center put extra emphasis on his ability to turn swing passes and wheel routes into big gains. For all that went right for Hines last year, he still fell short of 1,000 scrimmage yards, and most of those advantages will be gone in 2021. Mack is healthy and returning to the mix, Taylor has a year of experience under his belt and showed flashes of three-down ability as a rookie and Rivers is now retired and replaced by a quarterback (Carson Wentz) who figures to throw fewer dump-offs. Hines is still one of the most dangerous receivers in the league out of the backfield thanks to his elite speed (4.38 40) and reliable hands (seven drops on 215 career targets), but last year's production might have been his ceiling. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $18.6 million extension with the Colts in September of 2021.
Just two touches Sunday
RBIndianapolis Colts
September 20, 2021
Hines had one carry for five yards and one reception on two targets for 17 yards in Sunday's loss to the Rams.
ANALYSIS
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.
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How do Nyheim Hines' 2021 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
10.0%
 
Positive Run %
100.0%
 
% Yds After Contact
46.2%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
1.8
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
8.5
 
% Snaps w/Touch
29.3%
 
Air Yards Per Game
12.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.41
 
% Team Air Yards
5.1%
 
% Team Targets
14.3%
 
Avg Depth of Target
2.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
70.0%
 
Drop Rate
10.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
6.9
 
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Overall QB Rating Against
116.0
 
Cornerbacks
124.5
 
Safeties
78.0
 
Linebackers
100.0
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Nyheim Hines' measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 9"
 
Weight
196 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.38 sec
 
Vertical Jump
35.5 in
 
Broad Jump
119 in
 
Hand Length
8.88 in
 
Arm Length
30.75 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Hines' production took a step backward last season as the transition from Andrew Luck to Jacoby Brissett at quarterback predictably had an impact on the Colts' ability to move the ball. The team attempted 131 fewer passes than it had the year before, with Hines seeing 23 fewer targets, and while his overall efficiency with those looks was comparable, he dropped five passes. When everything is clicking in Frank Reich's offense, Hines can use his 4.38 track-star speed to do damage in the open field, but his lack of size (5-9, 196) and/or vision limits his utility as a runner and prevents him from taking advantage of the elite offensive line he works behind. As a result, he didn't get many snaps outside of obvious passing downs in his first two seasons. The good news is that a similar role could bring bigger rewards this year, considering QB Philip Rivers turned a parade of Chargers scatbacks into useful fantasy players the last decade. 2020 second-round pick Jonathan Taylor could wind up claiming a bell-cow role in time, but as a rookie he's a bigger threat to Marlon Mack's spot on early downs.
Hines put together a solid rookie campaign as Andrew Luck's favorite outlet option, tying for seventh among RBs in targets and eighth in receptions. The NC State product has outstanding speed in the open field (he ran track in college and could have competed for a spot on the Olympic team had he stuck with it instead of concentrating on football) and busted out a 4.38 40-yard dash at the combine last year. That background, and the fact he did not become a full-time running back until his junior year, also limits the damage Hines can do with his speed. He lacks vision and doesn't have a good feel for when to attack holes and when to let them develop, which is why he managed only 3.7 YPC despite working behind an elite offensive line last season. His stature (5-8, 198) also becomes an issue when he's a ballcarrier, so he's not likely to see an expanded role on the ground. The Colts added Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West as insurance, but Hines' work on passing downs should keep him involved behind Marlon Mack in an offense that may be more cautious with Jacoby Brissett replacing Luck at quarterback.
It's a bit of a cliche that the NFL is a "copycat" league, but there's still plenty of truth in the cliche. Alvin Kamara's success in New Orleans is going to spawn a host of imitators as offensive coordinators look to create mismatches in the passing game, and Hines might be among the first wave of Kamara wannabes after busting out a 4.38 40-yard dash at the combine and being drafted in the fourth round by the Colts. Like Kamara, Hines showed plenty of big-play ability in college, ripping off four touchdown runs of 48 yards or more in his final season at NC State, but unlike the Saints' star Hines doesn't have the frame to handle extensive work between the tackles. He also lacks Kamara's electric quickness and runs into more contact than he should, potentially leaving him susceptible to injury in the pros. Hines joins a crowded backfield that lacks an established No. 1, so if he stands out in camp he could take on a larger workload than expected, but more likely he'll slot in as the passing-down back behind Marlon Mack, with his production dependent as much on Andrew Luck's health as his own.
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Logs 89 all-purpose yards in opener
RBIndianapolis Colts
September 12, 2021
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.
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Inks three-year extension
RBIndianapolis Colts
September 10, 2021
The Colts have signed Hines to a three-year, $18.6 million extension, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.
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Listed as No. 2 back
RBIndianapolis Colts
September 7, 2021
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.
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Moves past leg injury
RBIndianapolis Colts
August 15, 2021
Hines, who suffered a leg injury at Thursday's practice, was in uniform fielding kicks prior to Sunday's preseason opener against the Panthers, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.
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Another injury in camp
RBIndianapolis Colts
Leg
August 12, 2021
Hines suffered a leg injury at Thursday's practice, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.
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