Nyheim Hines could help Miami save roster spots

INDIANAPOLIS – Nyheim Hines is one of the more versatile offensive players at the 2018 NFL Combine. Hines played wide receiver and running back at North Carolina State and also contributed on special teams.

The best teams in the NFL covet players who have position flexibility. Acquiring versatile players not only improves the functionality of the offense, but it helps teams save roster spots.

The Miami Dolphins have expressed their desire to find players who can line up at different spots across the formation. The team also has needs at running back and will need a receiver if Jarvis Landry is traded away. While Hines is just one man, the aforementioned needs would be filled if Miami selected him at some point in the 2018 NFL draft.

Hines played receiver in his sophomore year with the Wolfpack and racked up 43 receptions for 525 yards in 2017, Hines made the move back to the running back position and amassed 1,112 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground.

While his efforts on offense are palpable, teammate Will Richardson was in awe of his exploits on special teams.

“The one amazing thing I’ve seen Nyheim do is, he was a gunner on punt team, he ran down the field and beat the ball down the field and caught it on the one-yard line with one hand before he went into the end zone. It was amazing to watch,” Richardson said. “He actually beat the ball down the field. I’ve never seen anyone do that before in my life.”

Hines’ 10.3 speed in the 100-meter dash likely enabled him to get down the field so quickly.

At 5-foot-9, 197 pounds, Hines isn’t the largest running back or receiver prospect but his skill-set allows him to be the most versatile player on the field more often than not.

“Nayheim, was probably the most versatile player on our team,” Richardson said. Just because of what he can do on special teams ” Richardson said. … Out of the pistol formation he can line up offset, he can line up behind the quarterback when he’s under center. He can just do so much.”

Hines realizes that his versatility will help him get noticed by NFL talent evaluators and he’s ready to embrace any role his next team has in mind for him.

“I’m a dynamic player that can do anything in space,” Hines said. Tyreek Hill has been in the backfield [and] receiver, returner. I think I can do something like that. It doesn’t really matter where I go, I think I’ll be dynamic in space and be very confident with what I can do in my role.”

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Brandon Howard joined the Sports Talk Florida team to cover the Miami Dolphins in April 2017 and will work diligently to provide daily Dolphins content and give accurate analysis of the roster, coaching and front office. Last season, Howard was the curator of content for Miami Dolphins Wire/ USA Today while aggregating high school sports results in Broward and Palm Beach counties for the Sun Sentinel. Prior to moving to South Florida Howard developed NFL content for Pro Player Insiders while covering the Cleveland Browns from 2014-2015. Howard, a Columbus, Ohio native graduated from West Virginia in 2004 in Athletic Coaching and Education. He also was a scholarship track and field athlete and walk-on football player. Howard was the 2003 Big East Long and IC4A long jump Champion and was a provisional national qualifier in the event. He also maintained his status as a member of the Athletic Director Academic Honor Roll during his time as a Mountaineer.