Tim Hightower will return to the Washington Redskins in 2012
WASHINGTON D.C.—The Redskins have decided to give RB Tim Hightower another look after his 2011 season was cut short. He started five games before tearing his ACL.
The Skins spent the off-season loading up on aerial weapons for the new face of their franchise Robert Griffin III, but they did not make an impact splash for him in the backfield.
As it stands, Hightower will compete with rookie Alfred Morris, Evan Royster and the probable workhorse Roy Helu for playing time.
Helu made a late season run to solidify himself as the go-to guy and he faired reasonably well.
Reasonably well won’t get it done when you play in the NFC East fighting against the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys twice a year.
A rookie QB’s best friend is a solid running game. There may be other signing on the way as veterans such as Ryan Grant and Cedric Benson at post time are floating out there.
At 26, Hightower could potentially solve a few issues.
But when your coaches tend to brag about your ability to pick up blitzes more so than your ability to fight for yards, one has to wonder who is going to get the chance to go for a 1,000 yard season this year?
Will the plan be to pound it out with Helu and bring Hightower in on gadget plays and obvious passing downs?
Whatever it is, Washington is only making a one-year commitment to Hightower, so this is certainly a low risk maneuver.