Is Nyheim Hines the Colts Swiss Army Knife? Fans and analysts laughed 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 Jabaal Sheard 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 Authentic Margus Hunt 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. It’s the bye week and the middle of the season, so it’s the perfect time to write the Colts’ midseason report card! Which group got the highest grade and which got the lowest?QuarterbackLuck had his issues at the start of the season, which I expected Youth Al Woods Jersey , but in the last couple of weeks, he’s been as good as anyone in the NFL. In the last two games, he’s gone 39 for 53 (73.5%) for 395 yards (7.5 YPA) with 7 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. He’s battled the entire season with a depleted receiving corps and several injuries on offense. On paper, this has been arguably his best season in the pros and he’s getting better every week. With Doyle back, he should continue to thrive. Grade: A-Running BackThe running game was non-existent at the beginning of the season, but like Luck, it’s thrived in the last few games. Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines are becoming a very formidable duo with Jordan Wilkins and Robert Turbin providing very good depth. This group has been aided a lot by the strong play of the offensive line in recent weeks, but Mack and Hines can create plays anywhere on the field and that’s very encouraging.Grade: B+Wide ReceiversThis group has struggled throughout the season with drops, poor routes and poor effort. When TY Hilton was down, Chester Rogers had to carry the load and let’s just say he isn’t the type of player who can do that. This group isn’t talented and not deep. They’ve had to go with Zach Pascal and Ryan Grant as the primary receivers as times this season, which is beyond bad. I don’t expect this unit to get much better as the season goes on due to the lack of talent, so they’ll need to rely on TY Hilton to carry the group for the remainder of the year. Grade: CTight EndsThe Colts’ tight end group is the best in the NFL. Against the Raiders, they set an NFL record with 3 different tight ends each scoring a touchdown in a single game. Doyle is a great all-around tight end who is a difference maker on the field. Eric Ebron is playing at a high level this season and might sneak onto the 2nd team All-Pro team. Mo Alie-Cox and Erik Swoope are two solid receiving options with high ceilings. This group has the potential to be special moving forward. Grade: A+Offensive LineWhen was the last time this group got a grade better than a C+? It’s been awhile, but the Colts offensive line looks great. Ryan Kelly is having as good a season as any center in the NFL. Quenton Nelson and Anthony Castonzo are looking very formidable on the left side. Mark Glowinski and Braden Smith are holding their own on the right side, with both shining at different times this season. If the offensive line can continue to play at a high level, this team can do a lot of damage on offense against any team. Grade: A-Defensive LineThe interior defensive line has been good but not great. They haven’t been able to create much pressure inside , but they’ve done a good job against the run and have been able to clog up the inside gaps. The edge defenders, Margus Hunt, Jabaal Sheard and Kemoko Turay have all been great this season and have been able to generate a lot of pressure on the quarterback. Of the 21 sacks the Colts have recorded this year, 11 have come from those three players. They’ve carried this group and probably will all season. Grade: BLinebackersWhat can you say about Darius Leonard? Without him, this group probably gets a C. Leonard has changed games and helped seal the game for the Colts last week against the Raiders with an amazing tomahawk chop forced fumble. He can do it all, which makes him a perfect WILL linebacker for the Colts’ 4-3 defense. Anthony Walker has been a good complimentary piece, but those two players seem like the only legitimate starters of the entire linebacker group, which means they’ll need to find a good third player for that group in the offseason. The other players show too much inexperience and lack discipline with their eyes and angles. Grade: B+SecondaryIt’s been an up and down season for the secondary, but they’ve had their highlights. It’s a young, inexperienced group that has been able to carry their own throughout the season. The safety group has been pretty good for the most part and I find Mike Mitchell has been a very good mid-season signing for the team. The cornerback group is very young and while no one has stood out, no one has been particularly bad, so that’s probably a positive considering the talent level of the group. Grade: B-Special TeamsAdam Vinatieri, with the exception of one injury-riddled week, has been as consistent and solid as ever. Rigoberto Sanchez has been steady (nothing great but not bad) and the coverage units have been especially good this season not allowing any big gains or returns. The return teams have yet to do damage, but overall the special teams units have been very good. Grade: B+CoachingDepending on how you view the Texans overtime decision, your grade might be higher or lower. Reich came in and took over an inconsistent offensive unit and made them into a legitimate top 10 NFL offense. In the last 5 games Cheap Jordan Wilkins Jersey , there might not be a better offense than Indianapolis. In the last 5 games, they’ve averaged 34 points per game with some great performances against top defenses, some of them on the road. The team has a balanced identity on offense and they’ve adopted an aggressive mentality in every game.