Colts RB Nyheim Hines said he doesn’t want to be called a gadget player.
“I’ve never been a gadget guy. I hate when people call me that,” Hines said, via Kevin Bowen of 93.5 the fan. “I don’t think I’ve ever been that. I played running back my whole life and I’ve always been able to run the ball in between the tackles.
“Last year I think that was a step to that. Every year in the NFL, I’ve heard things about, ‘He’s a gadget guy, too little to run between the tackles.’ So I think last year was a good first step and now I’m looking to build on that because I hate when people call me a gadget guy. I’m a football player and that’s how I just see it.”
OC Marcus Brady explained that Hines has grown a ton in his time with the Colts.
“(Hines) is definitely a weapon, a guy you can trust in the backfield,” Brady said. “Even just hand the ball off, they always talk about getting him out of the backfield and getting him in space, but I mean he does a great job in between the tackles where he is able to get through there and then use his speed to create explosive plays for us.
“I’ve thought he’s just grown, his vision has grown, his patience has grown running through the holes. That just comes with experience and I’m looking forward to being able to utilize what he brings to our offense this year.”
“I really like what I see from Laviska,” Bevell said, via Jaguars.com. “He’s a big, strong, physical player and the guy that really needs the ball in his hands. So, that’s the first thing that you’ve got to figure out, ‘How do we give it to him? And what does it look like?’
“There [are] easy, simple ways that you can kind of hand it to him and get it to him, but there’s also routes and things. So, that’s where I wanted to progress, too, and see what he was able to do as a wide receiver and I really like what I see.”
New Texans RB Phillip Lindsay notes that one of his main goals throughout the offseason process is to form cohesion with his backfield mates.
“The closer we are with each other, then it’s going to feel more of a family,” Lindsay said, via TexansWire. “I think we’re kind of building that right now. I think that when you first get here, everybody’s kind of on nails and stuff because you don’t really know about each other. Then when you kind of get here and start jelling with each other, working out with each other, you get that bond and that’s what you really need.”
Lindsay likes the versatility that RB David Johnson brings to both the run and pass game.
“David’s been in the league for a while and has had a lot of success at what he does, running and receiving,” Lindsay said “Really good dude off the field. I’ve never really talked to David until I got to Houston. The personality in him, he’s a positive dude and works his butt off. I think that he brings something different to the table than I do.”
Lindsay also values RB Mark Ingram‘s locker room presence, adding the value of being able to learn from the former Pro Bowl RB.
“Mark’s another one that’s been in the league forever. Mark has had a lot of success as well. Great person in the locker room. Very explosive. He’s a good one, like you said, to learn from.”
Lindsay feels the competition and the depth of the RB group will bring out the best in all of them.
“We’re going to make each other better so that when we all get our opportunity, which we will, we make the best of it for our family’s sake,” said Lindsay. “That’s what it comes down to.”