1. Nyheim Hines planning to be big part of passing attack
During this offseason, it’s possible that no Colts player’s stock has risen more than Nyheim Hines’. Head coach Frank Reich has already endorsed him as a fantasy player to draft and it’s expected that Matt Ryan will help increase Hines’ production.
On Tuesday’s report day, Hines shared his personal goal for the season and it’s the latest example that shows how his role will evolve in Indy’s offense. Hines shared with the media that his plan is to have a career-high in catches this season.
That goal speaks to the way Hines will likely be used in the offense this season. He has always been a back that has been effective as a runner and receiver but everyone expects the receiver part to turn up a notch this year.
In addition to Reich’s public plan to get Hines more involved and Ryan’s history of getting running backs involved as receivers, the Colts also signed Phillip Lindsay as a third running back and got Hines some work with the receivers during OTAs.
With all those things combined, it’s safe to assume that Hines will be a big part of the receiving game this season. With Jonathan Taylor, and now Lindsay, in the backfield, it makes sense for the dynamic Hines to help out a developing receiving corp.