Colts RB Nyheim Hines generated plenty of “Penny Stock” buzz as a potential do-it-all “chess piece” after promising play all OTAs. He’s falling fast, however, due to serious fumbling issues and poor overall play this preseason. Hines has coughed the ball up four times in only two preseason games, while also only mustering 19 yards on 7 carries (2.7 YPC) and struggling in pass protection.
Already in a crowded stable of backs, Hines seems to quickly be falling out of favor in Indianapolis after his horrid preseason start. He worked behind Christine Michael, Jordan WIlkins, and Josh Ferguson in this contest, and only cemented his spot below them all with another horrendous showing. Keep in mind, this awful play is coming against third and fourth stringers, and Hines seems to be far away from any fantasy relevance this season.
Granted, he did blaze the fastest 40 of this entire RB class, and was an excellent playmaker against stiff college competition. Moreover, he was one of the most exciting Colts players before the pads came on, and could potentially breathe life into his value if he’s able to let this talent shine through — the Colts had major designs for him prior to these blunders, afterall.
But football isn’t played in helmets and shorts. Hines’ inability to produce anything positive against weak competition doesn’t bode well for his immediate or long-term potential. He’s no longer a recommended “Penny Stock” target as once stated in our Preseason Kickoff Guide.