Indianapolis Colts running back, Nyheim Hines, recently talked about how impactful the addition of Matt Ryan has been for the team.
When the Indianapolis Colts traded for quarterback Matt Ryan, many were excited about how that could positively impact the offense. Once Ryan actually showed up in Indianapolis and went through the offseason program with the team, everyone was blown away and became even more excited.
Ryan has already established himself as a leader that demands the best out of his teammates and he’s shown that he still has tremendous accuracy on the football field. The combination of Ryan’s on-field skills and his off-field presence should help the Colts’ offense improve from last season.
In a recent appearance on The Jim Rome Show, Indy’s running back, Nyheim Hines, vocalized just how much Ryan means to the team after such a short time together. Hines discussed the different things Ryan brings to the offense and also how quickly Matt Ryan won over the team. Hines gave a really strong endorsement for Ryan by saying, “we’ve worked with him for eight weeks and I’m already ready to run through a brick wall for him.”
Colts are ready to follow Matt Ryan’s lead
These are the kinds of statements that have been coming out of Indianapolis since the spring. While everyone has reason to be excited for Ryan joining Indy, Nyheim Hines may have a little bit more excitement. It’s been noted that Ryan is the perfect quarterback to get Hines more involved.
In his first four seasons in the NFL, Hines has proved himself as a versatile running back that’s explosive out of the backfield as a runner and receiver. However, his numbers dipped a bit last season. Partially to play calling and partially because of the play style of Carson Wentz.
Now, Frank Reich has expressed that he’s committed to getting Hines more involved, and with a quarterback like Ryan, who has a history of getting his running backs involved in the passing game, that should be easy. Ryan and Hines should be able to develop a nice connection on the field this season and it seems like they have already started building that connection.