ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on NFL Live Friday afternoon that the New England Patriots are currently hosting running backs Tim Hightower and Ryan Grant for free-agent visits.
Six days before the draft, New England is kicking the tires on two veteran backs who could compete for playing time with Danny Woodhead, Stevan Ridley, and Shane Vereen. There is no indication as to whether the Pats intend to sign Hightower or Grant, though a deal with one of them could be in the offing.
Hightower, who turns 26 next month, is currently rehabbing a torn ACL. Grant, 29, started 14 games for the Packers last season but mostly struggled, playing second fiddle to James Starks.