Even with Marlon Mack out, the presence of Jonathan Taylor, Jordan Wilkins (40 yards on nine carries Sunday) and this Colts offensive line, the five guys up front that have set the tone for this team ever since that turning point back in 2018.
The story said the Colts are looking to find their identity and running the ball could be it. One thing to note his Week 1 star Hines wasn't really involved in Week 2, catching just one ball for four yards. Instead it was Wilkins who was the backup to Taylor with his 9-40-0 line. For Taylor owners, Wilkens may end up being the handcuff to own with Hines playing more of a passing-down role.
Taylor ran nine times for 22 yards and caught six passes for 67 yards on Sunday. Hines rushed seven times for 28 yards, caught eight passes for 45 yards and scored a touchdown each way. Wilkins is also on hand as well the story said, but it looks like Taylor could claim the a lot of the touches lost with Mack's injury.
Mack suffered the injury after catching an underneath pass in the second quarter Sunday. He immediately grabbed his ankle, got up and took off his helmet before waving for assistance from the Colts' sideline. Taylor and Hines should continue to to split up most of the workload, each had 15 touches in Week 1. Hines stole the show a bit, though, collecting a rushing and receiving TD. Hines is expected to at least continue to have a role in the passing game.
Colts coach Frank Reich confirmed Mack had an Achilles injury and would get an MRI on Monday. Mack played just 11 snaps, gaining 26 yards on four carries before exiting with the injury. He was carted to the locker room after making a three-yard catch during the second quarter. The injury really clears the way for Taylor to take on a major role in the running game. However it was Hines who ran for 7-28-1 and also caught eight balls for 45 yards and a TD. Taylor was equally involved with with a 9-22-0 rushing line and added six catches for 67 yards.