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Tim Hightower | Running Back | #22

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/23/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 220
College: Richmond
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 5 (149) / ARZ
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49ers signed RB Tim Hightower, formerly of the Saints.
After being out of the league for three seasons, Hightower restored his career in New Orleans, gaining 1,252 total yards and scoring nine times in two seasons. The 49ers recently re-signed DuJuan Harris, but Hightower should be the favorite to back up Carlos Hyde. Considering Hyde's injury history, that likely means Hightower will earn a few starts in 2017. Apr 1 - 12:40 PM

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Free agent RB Tim Hightower is visiting the Redskins on Wednesday.

Hightower turns 31 in May, but he sat out the 2012, 2013, and 2014 seasons after tearing his ACL with the Redskins and experiencing complications. If he signs in Washington, it would be a reunion of sorts. Rob Kelley came on strong as an UDFA last season but fizzled a bit down the stretch. Matt Jones has struggled with ball security the last two years. This backfield could use a fresh face. Hightower is nothing more than a timeshare back as part of a duo.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 22 - 1:48 PM

The 49ers will host free agent Tim Hightower on Thursday.

Like many of the free agents San Francisco has signed, Hightower has a history with Kyle Shanahan from Washington. The 49ers have addressed their running game aggressively, trading for C Jeremy Zuttah, signing FB Kyle Juszczyk, and now hosting one of the NFL's better No. 2 backs for a visit. Hightower totaled 748 yards and five touchdowns on 155 touches in New Orleans last year.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 15 - 10:57 PM

Tim Hightower rushed three times for 29 yards and one touchdown in the Saints' Week 17 loss to the Falcons.

Hightower's story continues to be impressive. He missed the 2012, -13, and -14 seasons after wrecking his knee, and his 133 carries in 2016 were his most in a season since 2010. Hightower finishes the year with 548 rushing yards and four touchdowns, while adding 22 catches for 200 yards and another touchdown. Hightower just wrapped up his age-30 season and had some big weeks with mysterious Mark Ingram benchings, but overall Hightower proved to be nothing more than a guy who should be getting 10-12 carries per game. Hightower is slated to be a free agent in March. It'll be interesting to see if he gets much action outside of New Orleans.
Jan 1 - 9:10 PM

Tim Hightower rushed eight times for 29 yards in the Saints' Week 16 win over the Bucs.

He added an 11-yard reception. There was no vulturing Mark Ingram this week. Travaris Cadet vultured both of them, catching a Drew Brees touchdown pass. In the midst of a shockingly-effective campaign, the 30-year-old back isn't signed for 2017.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 11:53:00 PM

Tim Hightower rushed 11 times for 37 yards and two touchdowns while catching all three of his targets for an additional 11 yards Week 15 against the Cardinals.

As is usually the case, Hightower was not as effective as Mark Ingram, but he saw plenty of work and converted on two carries inside the five in the second half. His second touchdown came after Mark Ingram converted a third down to get the Saints in position, and Ingram was visibly upset on the sidelines after the score. Perhaps the squeaky wheel gets some grease next week, but Hightower is not going anywhere. He will have some FLEX appeal at home against the Bucs.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 07:41:00 PM

Tim Hightower rushed six times for 31 yards in the Saints' Week 14 loss to the Bucs, adding an eight-yard reception.

According to Pro Football Focus, Hightower out-snapped Mark Ingram 20-18. Ingram received just one more touch. The Saints are officially making it up as they go along in the backfield, a troubling prospect ahead of next week's trip to Arizona. Hightower will be a desperation FLEX for the fantasy semifinals.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 07:51:00 PM

Tim Hightower rushed two times for five yards in the Saints' Week 13 loss to the Lions, adding a four-yard reception.

With Mark Ingram battling a toe injury, today was set up to be a nice day for Hightower. Instead he completely disappeared as the Saints had the ball for only 23 minutes against the ball-control Lions. Confusingly, he was out-touched 5-3 by Travaris Cadet. Hightower is coach Sean Payton's teacher's pet, but he'll be a high-risk RB3 against the Bucs in Week 14.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 05:22:00 PM

Tim Hightower totaled 51 yards on 15 carries while adding two catches for 54 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the Saints' Week 12 win over the Rams.

Hightower didn’t run the ball effectively but salvaged the day for his fantasy owners by securing a 50-yard touchdown on a flea-flicker thrown by wide receiver Willie Snead. That marked the longest catch of Hightower’s career and his longest gain overall since 2010. Hightower, who out-touched Mark Ingram 17-16 on Sunday, has now gone over 100 yards from scrimmage in four of his last five games. He’ll find himself on the RB2/3 borderline next week against the Lions.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 04:38:00 PM

Tim Hightower rushed 12 times for 69 yards in the Saints' Week 11 loss to the Panthers, adding eight receptions for 57 additional yards.

Hightower was in his typical rotation with Mark Ingram until Ingram departed early in the second half with a concussion. Hightower then took the game over, ripping up soft fronts and doing major damage on Drew Brees checkdowns. Ingram has 10 days to get cleared for Week 12, but Hightower will be a high-end RB2 against the Rams if Ingram is out. Even if Ingram does play, Hightower will have high-end RB3 appeal as the runner coach Sean Payton trusts most.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 11:59:00 PM

Tim Hightower rushed eight times for 21 yards in the Saints' Week 10 loss to the Broncos, adding two receptions for 34 additional yards.

Mark Ingram got the "start," but the duo remained in a committee. Ingram had a 13-10 touch edge, but it was a modest 63-55 in yards. Both players saw plenty of snaps. The timeshare is unlikely to go away for Thursday's short-week matchup with the Panthers' tough run defense. Hightower will be a low-upside RB3 for that one.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 05:21:00 PM

Tim Hightower carried the ball 23 times for 87 yards and a touchdown and caught his only target for 15 yards Sunday in the Saints' Week 9 win over the Saints.

Even against the Niners’ league worst run defense, Hightower could only manage a long run of nine yards. Hightower was vastly outplayed by backfield-mate Mark Ingram but still had a productive fantasy day thanks to his enormous workload. The goal-line touchdown he tallied in the first quarter probably didn’t hurt either. It will be interesting to see if the Saints stick with a running back committee or simply hand the reigns back over to Ingram. Hightower has a difficult matchup against the Broncos in Week 10.
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 08:14:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Saints are "not averse to riding the hot hand" at running back.

Mark Ingram is expected to get the start and the majority of the work, but Tim Hightower will get his chances as well. While Ingram seeing the majority of the work in a great matchup is the most likely outcome, Hightower could run away with the backfield if he shows well or Ingram slips up. That upside along with the matchup keeps Hightower in the FLEX conversation.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 09:07:00 AM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett believes the Saints will keep Tim Hightower involved this week against the 49ers.

Triplett writes "the Saints like Hightower a lot," and the backfield "could remain a timeshare for a little while, at least." Coach Sean Payton's comments this week certainly suggest Hightower will continue to have a role, and even 10 touches against the worst run defense in the league would make him a viable FLEX play. Mark Ingram is still the better fantasy option, but both can be used this week.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 10:52:00 AM

Speaking Monday, Saints coach Sean Payton confirmed Tim Hightower has "definitely" earned more work going forward.

In other words, a committee is on tap for Week 9 against the 49ers. Hightower didn't fumble against the Seahawks, but it would be a stretch to say he was good. He averaged 3.92 yards per carry, and was hilariously stymied on five different goal-line looks (four carries, one reception). Mark Ingram has struggled this season, but he's still a better bet to move the chains than Hightower. Both players are shaping up as volatile RB2/3s for what should have been a golden matchup.
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 01:08:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Brian Hoyer
2Matt Barkley
3C.J. Beathard
4Nick Mullens
RB1Carlos Hyde
2Tim Hightower
3Joe Williams
4Kapri Bibbs
5Matt Breida
GLB1Carlos Hyde
2Tim Hightower
3RB1Carlos Hyde
2Tim Hightower
FB1Kyle Juszczyk
2Tyler McCloskey
WR11Pierre Garcon
2Jeremy Kerley
3Aaron Burbridge
4Victor Bolden
5DeAndre Carter
WR21Marquise Goodwin
2Aldrick Robinson
3DeAndre Smelter
4Trent Taylor
5Bruce Ellington
WR31Jeremy Kerley
TE1Vance McDonald
2Garrett Celek
3George Kittle
4Logan Paulsen
5Blake Bell
LT1Joe Staley
2John Theus
3Darrell Williams, Jr.
LG1Zane Beadles
2Brandon Fusco
3JP Flynn
4Richard Levy
C1Jeremy Zuttah
2Daniel Kilgore
3Tim Barnes
RG1Josh Garnett
2Erik Magnuson
3Richard Levy
RT1Trent Brown
2Garry Gilliam
3Norman Price
4Andrew Lauderdale
K1Robbie Gould
2Nick Rose