Patriots hosting Tim Hightower and Ryan Grant

AP

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.

27 responses to “Patriots hosting Tim Hightower and Ryan Grant

  1. That Bellichek!! Who would have thought to sign a player that is currently rehabbing a torn ACL.

    The man is a Genius! (LOL)

  2. Grant had some good years but certainly didn’t seem to have much left in the tank last year.

  3. Hightower makes sense for them if he’s healthy. He’s a nice, BGE type back, put your head down and charge forward for a few yards. Still, I would think that, unless they are that down on Ridley because of his fumbles last year, that Ridley would get the first crack at the big back role.

  4. if Hightower can’t pass a physical i don’t know why the Patriots would sign him. My guess is the skins want to wait till he’s fully healed to look at him again. Even then, he’s not getting a long term deal till he stays healthy throughout the year.

  5. Pats would be better off drafting Doug Martin. They have 2 1st round picks and Martin will be a fixture for a decade or more. They may have to use that 2nd 1st rounder on another Boise State Stud, OLB/DE Shea McClellin. Either one would be an instant “plug and play” type guy.

  6. Bellicheck seems to have a thing for EX-Redskins. I was really hoping we’d keep Tim H in town. I won’t worry unless he actually signs a contract… just a visit doesn’t hurt… HTTR!!

  7. First of all, there is no such thing as drafting a running back and thinking he is a “fixture” for a decade. You are lucky if he lasts 4 years. Drafting a back in the first round is a waste of a pick for a team who doesn’t run the ball and just drafted two running backs last year. Sign Hightower or Grant and do the commitee thing as always.

  8. Watch them trade up and grab Richardson. Boston those two is just another Belicek smokescreen.

  9. stavreafavre says:

    Grant had some good years but certainly didn’t seem to have much left in the tank last year.
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    Perhaps, but if you substitute ‘Grant’ for ‘Moss’ you’ve got exactly what people were saying prior to 2007.

    The Saints told Ninkovich he’d only make the team if he “re-invented himself as a longsnapper”.

    Kyle Arrington had 7 INTs last year; he was an undrafted FA who was waived by the Bucs after one game.

    Welker was only worth a 2nd and 7th round pick to the Dolphins (and less to everyone else).

    And the Pats went 13-3 and to the Superbowl with 1/3 of the roster off the street and undrafted talent.

    In summary: If Belichick is interested, I’m at least mildly curious…..

  10. geniusesq says:
    Apr 20, 2012 4:50 PM
    New England Redskins.

    Andre Carter
    Albert Haynesworth
    Donte Stallworth
    Tim Hightower
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    Stallworth played for the pats in 2007 and Hightower isn’t on the team. I would hardly call the pats the New England Redskins.

  11. Did someone seriously suggest Hightower is a short yardage running back? What? That’s so wrong go look at his film, no one employs a running back as one dimensional as BJGE expect us, and now the Bengals..

  12. Grant has always been average at best. When you have a quarterback like Favre/Rodgers it’s not to hard to sneak in a good few runs here and there.

  13. Jeez guys hold your PP

    u should all know by that they DO their homework

    Calm down and don’t shoot your loads

    It’s just a visit for X’s sake

  14. chrisjohnston10 says:
    Apr 20, 2012 5:08 PM
    geniusesq says:
    Apr 20, 2012 4:50 PM
    New England Redskins.

    Andre Carter
    Albert Haynesworth
    Donte Stallworth
    Tim Hightower
    ————————————————-
    Stallworth played for the pats in 2007 and Hightower isn’t on the team. I would hardly call the pats the New England Redskins.

    __
    Correct…they were the Boston Redskins. Until Boston couldn’t support them anymore.

  15. Grant has something left in the tank. Just not the burst he had 2 (3?) yrs ago. There is certainly value there if he can be had for the right price.

  16. The reason that Bellichek hasn’t won anything since the 2003 Super Bowl is because he’s devalued the runningback in his offense. A running game can allow you to dominate time of possesion. Imagine if they would have ran an additional 35 seconds off the clock for the Giants in the 2005 Super Bowl before Moss scored?

    Or if they had a running game then the loss of Gronkowski wouldn’t have been felt so much last year. If Bellichek were really smart, he’d go get that beast named Richardson and restore balance to his offense like when he had Corey Dillion.

  17. realdealsteel says:
    Apr 20, 2012 7:26 PM
    The reason that Bellichek hasn’t won anything since the 2003 Super Bowl is because he’s devalued the runningback in his offense. A running game can allow you to dominate time of possesion. Imagine if they would have ran an additional 35 seconds off the clock for the Giants in the 2005 Super Bowl before Moss scored?

    Or if they had a running game then the loss of Gronkowski wouldn’t have been felt so much last year. If Bellichek were really smart, he’d go get that beast named Richardson and restore balance to his offense like when he had Corey Dillion.

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    No, the real reason is that he got caught cheating and he has lost that cheater’s edge that he needs to win the close games against the top teams.

  18. @realdealsteel

    I agree with all that, but it was the 2007 SB against the Giants that you’re talking about.

  19. Bozo, the Jets last appeared in the Super Bowl 42 years ago. Alas, for you anyways, the Patriots have gone to 5 of the last 11 Super Bowls, winning three and are a Las Vegas favorite to return to the Super Bowl again this year. Belichick is to football what Stephen Hawking is to theoretical physics. Do you slam Hawking on obscure physics sites too? Surely you know more about physics than Hawking.

  20. bozosforall says:
    Apr 20, 2012 6:29 PM
    chrisjohnston10 says:
    Apr 20, 2012 5:08 PM
    geniusesq says:
    Apr 20, 2012 4:50 PM
    New England Redskins.

    Andre Carter
    Albert Haynesworth
    Donte Stallworth
    Tim Hightower
    ————————————————-
    Stallworth played for the pats in 2007 and Hightower isn’t on the team. I would hardly call the pats the New England Redskins.

    __
    Correct…they were the Boston Redskins. Until Boston couldn’t support them anymore.

    ————————————————–
    Ahhh. Only a true football fan knows that. Awesome response!!

    The Boston Redskins were the NFL franchise that existed before they moved to Washington. They played four years from 1933 to 1936 before moving.

    http://www.bostonredskins.com

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