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Nyheim Hines likely to return punts for Bills Sunday

Mike Florio and Chris Simms assess how Nyheim Hines fits into the Buffalo style of play, after the Bills traded for the Colts RB in exchange for Zack Moss and a conditional sixth-round pick.

The Bills hope running back Nyheim Hines becomes an impact player in their offense, but he may make a more immediate impact on special teams.

Buffalo could use a punt returner, and Hines will likely get the job. Jamison Crowder started the season as a punt returner but is now out with an ankle injury, and rookie Khalil Shakir, who took over after Crowder’s injury, hasn’t made any big plays.

Hines has been a good punt returner for the Colts, and Bills General Manager Brandon Beane indicated that he views Hines as an upgrade over Shakir.

“This is a big transition from Boise to the NFL, let’s be honest,” Beane said of Shakir, via the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. “When his number’s called, he’s ready for it. But naturally, that’s a lot of pressure. And we know the winds of Orchard Park are only going to pick up, probably. He’s done a good job, but it’s still a work in progress. Nyheim’s done it for a longer time. It’s a little easier, a little more natural. And so, if he’s healthy and available, that gives us a guy so that Khalil can just focus on his roles that we need him on offense.”

Hines has a knack for returning punts and should be able to jump in and do it on Sunday against the Jets.