Colts: Nyheim Hines drops ridiculous and dark quote about punt returns
By Adam Weinrib
Though their third backfield mate Marlon Mack might be agitating a bit these days, Indianapolis Colts RBs Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines have made the most of the situation in 2021, finally getting Indy off the schneid in Week 4 down in Miami — though only one of them had the game of his life.
In a win over the Dolphins, Taylor shined with 103 yards rushing on just 16 carries, while Hines found himself struggling to gain footing, somehow being out-gunned by Mack post-trade request.
On two carries, the scat back gained just six yards. He also hauled in a pair of receptions, adding five more.
And, to add insult to injury, he was the focus of a play that nearly wiped the Colts’ momentum off the board during an offensively-challenged first half.
Hines muffed a punt return that set the Dolphins up just fine in the early going, and if not for a late second-quarter touchdown drive capped by a 23-yard Taylor scamper, this game might never have reversed itself.
Asked on Thursday about his punt-returning mindset, the running back dropped a nihilistic quote that will have you questioning everything.
Colts RB Nyheim Hines doesn’t care about his life on punt returns.
Crazily enough, this quote came from the guy who actually wants to stay in Indy, not the guy who demanded a trade. Very interesting.
Hines’ roller-coaster snap count makes precious little sense without context, but maybe his role was reduced last week because he’s been bumming everyone out?
But for real, we love an ego-less player who gives every punt return his all, despite the daunting task ahead of them. We just haven’t heard it stated like this before.
Clearly, Hines is a team player, and his own snap reduction probably isn’t really getting to him all that much. Observe the running back’s attire on Thursday, a slick Jonathan Taylor comic book shirt that’d go well in any Colts fan’s closet.
Taylor has been the “BAM!” while Hines has been the “WHOOSH!” plenty of times these past two seasons.
Hopefully, his partner in crime can continue giving him a reason to live. Another win might help. That’s called a “winning streak.”