Nyheim Hines Wants 1,000 Yards From Scrimmage In Year Two
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INDIANAPOLIS – When the Colts use examples of why character means so much to them, Nyheim Hines is a poster child.
As Hines struggled mightily in the ball security department during his first NFL preseason, the young offensive weapon questioned whether he would even make the 53-man roster.
Now, Hines can laugh at those times.
The Colts say it was the high character of Hines that allowed him to persevere through a rocky start and still earn a role as a rookie.
In fact, Frank Reich feels like Hines exceeded expectations as a rookie, earning the valuable trust of Andrew Luck.
That led to the Colts using Hines all over their offense in 2018.
Hines carried the ball 85 times for 314 yards. He caught 63 passes for 425 yards.
Looking ahead to Year Two, Hines is ready to see his yards from scrimmage number reach the four-digit mark.
“I would like to personally have more than 1,000 all-purpose yards one way or another,” the 5-9, 198-pound Hines says.
For Hines to reach 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 2019, he will likely need to see that rushing yards output improve significantly.
Only T.Y. Hilton and Eric Ebron caught more balls than Hines last season. Well, now Hines could see that receiving role scaled back with the arrivals of Devin Funchess and Parris Campbell, plus the healthy return of Jack Doyle.
But the run game is an area for clear improvement.
Hines averaged just 3.7 yards per carry in 2018, a full-yard below the combined average of Marlon Mack and Jordan Wilkins.
Heading into his second NFL season, Hines notes some specific areas of improvement when it comes to carrying the football.
“Just securing the ball, breaking some more tackles than I did last year, making people miss,” he says. “And really just earning the trust of our teammates so when Marlon comes out and I go in, I don’t want them looking at me any differently.
“I want them to say, ‘Nyheim is in here now. We are going to do exactly what we did before Marlon left.’”
With more skill talent in the building this year, the need to rely on Hines as much as the Colts did last year isn’t a must.
Still, the Colts have a unique weapon that they can count on in a variety of ways.