Is Nyheim Hines the Colts Swiss Army Knife? Fans and analysts laughed

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when Nyheim Hines said a change in his playing number (from 42 to 21) would result in a change of his play. It turns out we were the crazy ones.Hines struggled mightily in preseason with fumbles and had issues returning punts http://www.authenticsindianapoliscolts.com/cheap-margus-hunt-jersey , something he was expected to do a lot this season. This caused most to believe he would be an afterthought and barely see the field, essentially redshirting the year. However, in week one, he silenced all the doubters with a 5 rush, 7 catch performance for a total of 52 yards. While the numbers won’t blow you away, it’s definitely impressive considering the expectations he had going into the game.While researching this article, I looked back to the Manning era to see if the Colts ever had a Darren Sproles-like player who can do it all (rush, receive and return). It turns out, while they had some good pass-catching running backs over the years, like Joseph Addai and even Dominic Rhodes, the last time a Colts running back surpassed 55 catches was Edgerrin James in 2000. They’ve never really had that type of player in their offense.When Frank Reich was the offensive coordinator of the Chargers for two seasons, he had a swiss army knife running back for both of those seasons. In 2014, he had Branden Oliver who averaged over 3 catches per start and in 2015, he had Danny Woodhead who had 80 catches for 755 yards out of the backfield. In 2016 and 2017 as the offensive coordinator of the Eagles, Reich had Darren Sproles. While he was injured for most of 2017, leaving a pass catching void in their backfield Matthias Farley Jersey , it showed that Reich likes to have this type of player. Nyheim Hines looks like the early favourite to become this type of player.Hines, like Sproles and Woodhead, didn’t just make catches out of the backfield. He lined up out wide as a receiver and ran routes, showing very good versatility as a receiver. He also ran great routes. Here he is beating a good linebacker in Preston Brown on an angle route.Hines ended up playing 37 snaps and touched the ball or was targeted 14 times, for a target/touch percentage of 38%. This is a solid number for a 4th round rookie and it’ll be interesting to track those numbers over the next few weeks.This could be the start of something different and the Colts were very pleased with his play, as offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni described his performance as a “really bright spot”. Frank Reich could be trying to turn Nyheim Hines into his Danny Woodhead, Darren Sproles and/or Branden Oliver — a player who can do it all. This type of player has become popular around the NFL over the past 15 years and it seems like a good time for the Colts to board that train. These type of players create match-up nightmares, as seen in the clip above where Hines juked Preston Brown out of his shoes. We’ve seen from many Patriots players over the years, where they put their backs into favourable situations against linebackers in space — look back to Kevin Faulk, Danny Woodhead, Dion Lewis, and James White.Shifty running backs can create problems in space and now that the Colts have a forward-thinking offensive-minded coach, the team may start catching up to some major NFL offensive trades.It’s about time, to say the least.Colts’ Rookie Linebacker Darius Leonard is a Rising Star It’s been several years since the Colts had a star on defense. Their last true star on the defensive side of the ball was Robert Mathis in the early years of the Luck era. Sunday’s game might have been the coming out party for the Colts’ new defensive star: linebacker Darius Leonard.Leonard’s 18 tackle, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble performance led the way for what was a very impressive performance from the Colts defense that didn’t allow 1 touchdown and completely shut down the Redskins running game. The Colts defense didn’t allow a touchdown for the first time since 2016 and for only the second time since 2014. To do it on the road was even more impressive. Leonard was the player of the game for the Colts today, stepping up in several spots. The 2018 second round pick has been impressive for most of training camp and preseason http://www.authenticsindianapoliscolts.com/cheap-clayton-geathers-jersey , displaying very good instincts and closing speed. While Leonard played at an FCS school (a level below FBS where most draft picks are chosen from), his game film was too good to ignore. He has very high-end physical traits and was very athletic for his size. Leonard delivered a huge hit in the 2nd quarter that was initially ruled a fumble but overturned. The tackle showed that he can pack a punch and knock the ball loose without having to strip it. He has very good strength that was on display throughout the game. At the end of the 3rd quarter, Leonard made a very impressive play, coming down hard, engaging a block, shredding it off and closing a hole that the running back was about to exploit. It’s these little things that you don’t often see from linebackers because they haven’t developed those traits this early in their careers. While this play will be completely ignored by anyone (because it was just a one yard run), I found Leonard did a great job of preventing a 1 yard run from being a 5+ yard run. It’s those plays that add up and win football games. Leonard had a very impressive play early in the 4th quarter, registering a huge 11 yard sack on Alex Smith. On the play, he shows his fantastic closing speed and delivers a hard hit to Smith. He timed the blitz well, waiting for the right tackle to completely engage with his man to let the hole open up. He reads it well and closes in hard. Smith never had a chance. This was on 2nd down and it killed the Redskins’ drive that was already 9 plays long and deep into Colts territory. It forced the Redskins to make a long field goal. Leonard’s best play came in the 4th quarter, when the Redskins were driving deep in the Colts’ territory and he forced a fumble on Jordan Reed’s catch. To get his hand in the right spot in that situation shows how skillful he is (and a bit lucky too). It ended the Redskins’ comeback attempt and it secured the Colts’ victory. He deserved a game ball for this play alone. He had 5 tackles just on this drive.The Colts haven’t had a productive off-ball linebacker since Jerrell Freeman or even Gary Brackett. Leonard provides hope that he is the new boss on the Colts’ defense and that he can lead the way to more superb defensive performances. If he plays anything like this throughout the season, he’ll get some Defensive Player of the Year award attention. Andrew Luck had 179 passing yards in Sunday’s victory, which is the lowest of his entire career in a victory. This demonstrates just how much this was an overall team win for the Colts and how important it is to pick up the slacks if one of the star players isn’t at 100%. A strong Colts defense will be needed if the Colts expect to fight for a playoff spot. Leonard needs to lead the way moving forward, and based on today’s performance, he showed that he can be the star this Colts defense needed.

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