There are a lot of questions to be answered about the Redskins offense, but we have a pretty good idea who the team’s No. 1 running back will be in the regular season opener.
Tim Hightower rushed 10 times for 44 yards on Friday against the Steelers, looking like a nice fit for Mike Shanahan’s one-cut style. He also caught an eight yard pass.
It’s quite a transformation for a guy who was considered unnecessary in Arizona. Hightower has steadily improved his pass protection skills and now he seems to welcome contact and run far more decisively. The Redskins offensive line opened up big holes Friday.
Rookies Evan Royster and Roy Helu are battling for a role behind Hightower. Royster hit the field first Friday, but Helu looks like he has more explosive ability. Veteran Ryan Torain is injured at the moment, but he’s headed for a reserve role.
This is Hightower’s job to lose, which makes Washington’s trade for him look pretty good right about now.