The newest Redskins running back, Tim Hightower, has certainly set the expectations high with his performance in the last two days.
Yesterday, he ripped off a long run on his first play in 11-on-11 drills. Later on, he caught a pass out of the backfield and took off down the sidelines for another big gain.
Today, his first two runs (one end around, and one draw play through the middle) streaked for touchdowns.
Wow, this guy has moves.
Hightower could prove to be the smartest addition to a developing-roster. Especially now that Ryan Torain is injured and out of commission for a week or more, Hightower could put the sleeper hold on the starting job if he continues to perform.
Hightower is noted as a running back that can do it all: run inside and outside, catch the ball out of the backfield, and pass protect. In his introductory media session, he described himself as: “I’m a rhythm running back and I like to get in my groove.”
Given his practice tape so far, I think Hightower hit his groove early.
Another story-line to watch for from Hightower is his influence on the young backs on the roster. When Hightower was drafted to the Cardinals, veteran back Edgerrin James showed him the ropes and is still his confidant.
“I came in with a me-against-the-world, my back against the wall mentality,” he remembered. “Didn’t think anyone was gonna help me out, I thought I was gonna have to find everything for myself. ‘Edge’ pretty much–after he handed me his helmet to carry–he took me under his wing and taught me how to be a pro. Even still to this day, I talk to him every day.”
If Hightower can provide that type of leadership and example for the young backs then the trade to acquire him becomes a steal.
Check out his full presser below:
Before Hightower arrived, Torain was the only proven horse in the running back stable. If the first two days are any indication, it looks like the Redskins acquired a threat for the Triple Crown.
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