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Hightower Making A Big First Impression

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 5, 2011 – 1:37 pm

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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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15 Responses to “Hightower Making A Big First Impression”

  1. By Alex on Aug 5, 2011 | Reply

    How’s that Kool-Aid tasting?

  2. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 5, 2011 | Reply

    Delicious 🙂 You gotta see this man run for yourself

  3. By Steve on Aug 5, 2011 | Reply

    Goodbye Torain! Now only if Hankerson could step up so we can get rid of Kelly. But thats a no brainer!

  4. By thtfan on Aug 5, 2011 | Reply

    Timmy Hightower. Pro Bowl. Book it.

  5. By thtfan on Aug 5, 2011 | Reply

    Any fumbles today? And do you wxpect him to start and shoulder the load, Brian?

  6. By thtfan on Aug 5, 2011 | Reply

    Any fumbles today? And do you expect him to start and shoulder the load, Brian?

  7. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 5, 2011 | Reply

    He didn’t fumble the ball yet, but it’s not full contact yet either in practice. I think he was brought in to start, yes, which could prove to be a big spot for him. I like Royster and I’ve seen flashes from Helu, but Torain is having a tough time with health and the rookies aren’t ready to carry the load. Hightower is going to help whoever lines up under center look a lot better

  8. By Zorn Supremacy on Aug 5, 2011 | Reply

    I think we are going to see some surprising cuts this year. Besides Kelly (who won’t be a surprise to anyone) I think we’ll see both Torain, Keiland Williams, AND Banks hit the road…

    Yes, I said it.

  9. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 5, 2011 | Reply

    So you’re shoving out every feel-good story from last season?

  10. By REDSKINSALLDAY on Aug 5, 2011 | Reply

    Hopefully Torain pulls through. he is a soild back that runs with speed and power. Just needs to stay healthy. Kelly, will have to have superb camp to make the squad this year. its obvious the the coaching staff sees something in him, since he is still around.

  11. By dutchnblue on Aug 5, 2011 | Reply

    Torain isn’t going anywhere.

  12. By nasirjones on Aug 5, 2011 | Reply

    Two things if you don’t mind:
    Keim says he lacks speed to breakaway…how fast does he look to you?

    And is 39 going to be his official number? I’m ordering the jersey asap.


  13. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 5, 2011 | Reply

    I saw that from Keim too, and I think only game action will say for sure, but in practice he’s run around and by corner and safeties. For an NFL running back, that’s fast enough for me.

    FOR NOW #39 is official, but I would wait until training camp shakes out. He was #34 in AZ and could switch back numbers at the end of camp depending on how things shake out. I would wait if I were you…

  14. By Jim Zorn on Aug 7, 2011 | Reply

    Whhhhat? Players are practicing? If I were running things…

  15. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 7, 2011 | Reply

    @Jim Zorn

    Keep it medium.

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