Nyheim Hines should see more work in Colts' offense

Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines is expected to take on "plenty more action" on offense next season, writes Zak Keefer of The Athletic.

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Keefer believes that "a 38-year-old starter at quarterback and one of the game’s top offensive lines" should lead to more work for Hines. With Jacoby Brissett under center, Hines' snap share dipped from 43.9 percent in 2018 to 31.5 percent last year and his touches per game fell from 9.3 to 6.0. However, despite the downtick in volume, Hines remained locked-in as the Colts' primary pass-catching back, finishing just one reception shy of the team lead and fourth in targets. Pace also likely played a factor, as the offense went from 5th to 17th in plays per game. The Colts are expected to pick things back up a bit with Philip Rivers taking over for Brissett, which should behoove Hines and the rest of the offense. Austin Ekeler finished as the RB7 in half-point PPR formats last season while playing a similar role in a Rivers-led offense. Hines, a 2018 fourth-round pick, will turn 24 in November.

Hines averaged 6.0 FanDuel points (RB62) and 32.4 yards from scrimmage with 2 touchdowns last season. He bumped up his efficiency from 5.0 yards per touch as a rookie to 5.4 last season. That would have ranked 13th among the 54 running backs to average 6.25 touches per game. On the ground, Hines had the highest success rate (53.9) among 68 backs with at least 50 carries.