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Patriots hosting Tim Hightower and Ryan Grant

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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.

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27 Responses to “Patriots hosting Tim Hightower and Ryan Grant”
  1. whatnojets says: Apr 20, 2012 4:14 PM

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

    The man is a Genius! (LOL)

  2. stavreafavre says: Apr 20, 2012 4:18 PM

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

  3. toonsterwu says: Apr 20, 2012 4:23 PM

    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. vtsquirm says: Apr 20, 2012 4:26 PM

    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. bubba9er says: Apr 20, 2012 4:27 PM

    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. skinsfan87 says: Apr 20, 2012 4:29 PM

    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. actiondanwi says: Apr 20, 2012 4:38 PM

    An RB a ‘fixture for a decade or more’?

    It must be 4/20….

  8. rarelyclever says: Apr 20, 2012 4:38 PM

    This is just a smoke screen from Belichick to throw teams off as to whom he intends to draft.

  9. phillynac says: Apr 20, 2012 4:44 PM

    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.

  10. thefiesty1 says: Apr 20, 2012 4:47 PM

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

  11. oxfordthecat says: Apr 20, 2012 4:49 PM

    stavreafavre says:

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

    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…..

  12. geniusesq says: Apr 20, 2012 4:50 PM

    New England Redskins.

    Andre Carter
    Albert Haynesworth
    Donte Stallworth
    Tim Hightower

  13. seanmmartin says: Apr 20, 2012 5:08 PM

    Stop commenting on Belichick if you can’t spell his name correctly.

  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.

  15. redrobots44 says: Apr 20, 2012 5:14 PM

    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..

  16. lionsmark09 says: Apr 20, 2012 5:30 PM

    Lions should take either of them. Especially Grant.

  17. myasylum11 says: Apr 20, 2012 5:54 PM

    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.

  18. zimaman says: Apr 20, 2012 6:03 PM

    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

  19. bass1717 says: Apr 20, 2012 6:05 PM

    Are they ever gonna give Ridley a chance?

  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.

  21. midwestpulse says: Apr 20, 2012 6:33 PM

    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.

  22. 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.

  23. bozosforall says: Apr 20, 2012 7:57 PM

    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.

    __
    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.

  24. patfaninbflo says: Apr 20, 2012 7:59 PM

    @realdealsteel

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

  25. 1historian says: Apr 20, 2012 8:10 PM

    steel – at least try to get your facts straight before you talk

    The Pats won the 2003 championship and the 2004 championship

  26. tigerlilac says: Apr 21, 2012 12:59 AM

    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.

  27. howiegtr says: Apr 21, 2012 7:46 AM

    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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