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Tim Hightower tightens grip on starting job

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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.

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21 Responses to “Tim Hightower tightens grip on starting job”
  1. docredskin says: Aug 13, 2011 10:16 AM

    Even the positive Redskins articles always sound negative.

  2. ninjapleazee says: Aug 13, 2011 10:19 AM

    ummm… Evan Royster racked up 66 yards with a 4.4 average

  3. oranjellojones says: Aug 13, 2011 10:39 AM

    “This is Hightower’s job to lose, which makes Washington’s trade for him look pretty good right about now.”

    So far so good, I’ll take it!

    Looks like a typical Mike Shanahan RB stable; good versatility and several backs that can be effective within this scheme. People can say what they want about his career success hinging on the Elway era, but one thing is undeniable…RB’s absolutely THRIVE in his system.

    It’s only one preseason game and a lot to be taken with a grain of salt but the Redskins already look like a totally different team on offense. An O line that blocks, WR’s besides Moss that make catches consistently? Say what?

  4. skinsrollyou says: Aug 13, 2011 10:46 AM

    Don’t know if I agree. Torrain is a beast when healthy.

  5. turgidsen says: Aug 13, 2011 10:47 AM

    ninjapleazee says:
    Aug 13, 2011 10:19 AM
    ummm… Evan Royster racked up 66 yards with a 4.4 average

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    ummm… against the steelers second and third team defense. I hope this isn’t a repeat of spurrier where he played his first string against the second stringers to win the preseason. (referring to grossman and 1st string offense playing a full half )

  6. 0sakpo says: Aug 13, 2011 10:51 AM

    wat the …. stop talking about about us please!!!!! let those guys have a “normal” preseason!!!! Go bash other teams…..

  7. cardsfann1 says: Aug 13, 2011 10:52 AM

    I really liked Hightower. If he cuts his fumbles down a bit, the Skins have really got a nice do it all kind of running back.

  8. killerontherampage says: Aug 13, 2011 11:08 AM

    it’s just preseason,so let’s wait until we beat the hell out of the whiny nygmen before we brag on our skins!

  9. hailvictory44 says: Aug 13, 2011 11:18 AM

    Nice start to the preseason by the team with A LOT of new pieces, Hightower included. Hightower just needs to hang onto the rock and not be a turnover liability like he was previously.
    Boy is it nice to be rid of that dumb@ss Cerrato! Millen had NOTHING on that guy.

  10. karlpilkington says: Aug 13, 2011 11:48 AM

    To all skins fans….. Please do not respond to any posting. We all know what is going on here in dc. Let every team and their fans look past us. These people think it will be the same old skins however both you and I know it does feel a bit different this year.

  11. darksidecowboy says: Aug 13, 2011 11:52 AM

    Watching HT in AZ for a few years, you learn to take the good with bad, mostly bad. I hope he can make a name for himself in DC, but fans get ready for the inevitable fumble at the worst possible moment, that’s his mo. Maybe Shanny’s system will be a better fit for him, but the butterfingers will have to end, or Helu will take the job.

  12. oriolesvsravens says: Aug 13, 2011 11:55 AM

    A good alternative to Torain. Shifty, good hands. The Skins just need one of these QBs to take the reigns and secure the #1 spot.

  13. skins3yearplan says: Aug 13, 2011 12:16 PM

    The one-two punch smash-face running style of Torrain and Hightower is going to be fun to watch. I know it’s preseason, but the o-line looks at least 2 times better than last year. There were Big holes even on the first drive against the #1 run D from last year.

    Im sure all the Steeler fans will scoff, but Redskins fans got a glimpse of something we havnt seen in a long time. An IMPROVEMENT from the previous year.

    Hail!

  14. mwcarolina says: Aug 13, 2011 12:41 PM

    i think the Skins should keep 4 running backs, Torrian, Hightowere, Halu and Royster. i thought Royster had a good run vs. the Steelers defense, and i say run because he did have one run guys who will play in the season, BUT i dont see them staying, i think Royster is gone.

  15. fillyfan9988 says: Aug 13, 2011 1:23 PM

    Nice game by Hightower.A very solid performance.

  16. deathtoromo says: Aug 13, 2011 3:14 PM

    I hope they keep Terrence Austin. Guy reminds me of a young Santana Moss.

  17. bison4me says: Aug 13, 2011 3:27 PM

    turgidsen says: Aug 13, 2011 10:47 AM

    ninjapleazee says:
    Aug 13, 2011 10:19 AM
    ummm… Evan Royster racked up 66 yards with a 4.4 average

    —————————————————————————————————-
    ummm… against the steelers second and third team defense. I hope this isn’t a repeat of spurrier where he played his first string against the second stringers to win the preseason. (referring to grossman and 1st string offense playing a full half )
    ==================================
    turgidsen I don’t get your point, Royster is a rookie who was selected in the 6th round so if he played against the 2nd and third stringers of the Steelers, he was playing against equal talent was he not?

  18. axespray says: Aug 13, 2011 3:31 PM

    turgidsen says:Aug 13, 2011 10:47 AM
    “ummm… against the steelers second and third team defense. I hope this isn’t a repeat of spurrier where he played his first string against the second stringers to win the preseason.”

    It’s preseason and steeler fans along with 49er fans are the only ones whining and crying during it….

    “Wah! Rex Grossmen had an 80 plus yard drive on us! ”

    “The saints blizted us! ka-wa-wah!”

  19. bleed4philly says: Aug 13, 2011 4:00 PM

    These redskins are starting to scare me. Wish McNabb was still there.

  20. headhunter11 says: Aug 13, 2011 4:19 PM

    LOL i like that Bleed4philly, glad he’s gone :)

  21. barronhastoholdorakpo says: Aug 13, 2011 9:49 PM

    I have read all of the blogs and haters keep saying the skins did all the damage to the steelers when the 1st stringers were sitting. I guess everyone of those uninformed people missed the first “drive” that got stuffed by the skins defense. I guess they missed Darrel Young’s punishing run for double digit yards, that left a couple of 1st string steelers shaking the cob webs out of their heads. Just ask Ryan Clark and Keisel or whatever his name is about that first drive. They got punished, along with that “elite” linebacker group. The skins run game is for real, mark it down. Laugh all you want about “sexy rexy” or “wrecksy”, but the skins fans around town know the real deal.

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