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Tim Hightower | Running Back | #34

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/23/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 220
College: Richmond
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 5 (149) / ARZ
Contract: view contract details

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Saints re-signed RB Tim Hightower.
Hightower, 30 next month, spent nearly four years out of the league before returning in strong fashion last year and finishing the season as the Saints' No. 1 back after Mark Ingram (shoulder) went down. Hightower even won fantasy owners their championships with a strong Week 16 against the Jaguars. With Ingram returning to health, Hightower will be quality insurance. Apr 8 - 11:38 AM

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The Saints remain interested in re-signing free agent RB Tim Hightower.

The sides are meeting this week. Hightower served as the Saints' emergency bell-cow back over the final month of 2015, having surprising success after going four years without a regular season touch. About to turn 30, Hightower is strictly a reserve talent at this point in his career, but proved last season he can be counted on in a pinch behind starter Mark Ingram.
Mar 31 - 9:06 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Saints are working on a new deal with free agent RB Tim Hightower.

Hightower showed well in three starts last season, but the decision to keep the soon-to-be 30 Hightower over the 26-year-old Khiry Robinson is an interesting one. Hightower should not make much more than the veteran minimum on a new deal. Mark Ingram will continue to be the bell-cow in New Orleans.
Mar 8 - 11:04 AM

Tim Hightower rushed 16 times for 66 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' Week 17 win over the Falcons, adding five catches for 41 additional yards.

Getting his first regular season work since 2011, Hightower was ridiculously productive in four starts in place of Mark Ingram, rolling up 456 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns on 96 touches in Weeks 14-17. To say it was hard to see coming is an understatement. Going on 30, Hightower should have a leg up on a 2016 roster spot, but at best, he'll be a role player.
Jan 3 - 6:14 PM

Tim Hightower rushed 27 times for 122 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints' Week 16 win over the Jaguars, adding three catches for 47 additional yards.

It was another turn-back-the-clock day for Hightower, who beasted against one of the league's best run defenses. It was his first 100-yard day in over five years. Hightower now has three touchdowns in three games since replacing Mark Ingram, and will be a good bet to notch No. 4 in Week 17 against a Falcons D that bleeds ground scores.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 08:25:00 PM

Tim Hightower earned 54 yards on 13 carries and caught three of four targets for 31 yards in the Saints' Week 15 loss to the Lions.

Hightower scored from a yard out in the first half but it was called back on an illegal formation penalty. The Saints took to the air in the second half, mostly eliminating Hightower from the equation. The good news is that Hightower seems to have settled in as the featured back. He's out-touched C.J. Spiller by a massive 45 to 10 margin over the last two games. Hightower's heavy volume should keep him in the RB2 conversation next week against Jacksonville.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 12:34:00 AM

ESPN's Mike Triplett expects Tim Hightower to continue to lead the Saints' backfield, but receive fewer carries than he did in Week 14.

Hightower logged a preposterous 28 totes against the Bucs, six more than Mark Ingram ever managed in a game before landing on injured reserve. Triplett believes it was simply a matter of game flow as the Saints tried to kill the clock in the second half, something coach Sean Payton echoed. Hightower, of course, wasn't terribly effective, averaging just 3.03 yards per carry. Hightower will be a workload-based, mid-range RB2 for next Monday's game against the Lions.
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 01:27:00 PM

Tim Hightower handled 28 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown and caught his only target for 10 yards in the Saints' Week 14 win over the Buccaneers.

Hightower wasn’t terribly efficient but he saw a ton of work and that’s half the battle in fantasy. Seventeen of his game-high 29 touches came after halftime as the Saints built a two-touchdown lead and were able to burn the clock with some good old fashioned stall ball. Marques Colston vultured a pair of touchdowns in the first half but Hightower finally found the end zone with a three-yard run in the third quarter. Hightower should be close to an every-down player for the rest of the season. Consider him an RB2 next time out against the Lions.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 06:11:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Tim Hightower will take over as the Saints' lead back in the absence of Mark Ingram (I.R., shoulder).

It's as expected due to Hightower's superior pass-blocking ability, in addition to his better skill set as a short-yardage and inside runner. According to RapSheet, Hightower will "step in" to Ingram's old role, and C.J. Spiller's workload is "likely to be unchanged." Hightower is clearly the best fantasy bet in New Orleans' backfield. Spiller is a low-floor flex option.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 10:16:00 AM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett suggests Tim Hightower could take over as New Orleans' early-down back with Mark Ingram (shoulder) lost to I.R.

Wrote Triplett, "Hightower, meanwhile, could replace Ingram in base packages as more of a first- and second-down type of runner -- perhaps getting some goal-line looks." C.J. Spiller's playing time has lessened recently, and Triplett loosely hinted the Saints don't trust him in pass protection. Pass protection has long been one of Hightower's strengths. We're tentatively expecting Hightower to take over as New Orleans' lead runner, with Spiller operating as a change of pace.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 08:30:00 PM

Saints re-signed RB Tim Hightower.

He adds depth after the Saints lost Khiry Robinson (tibia) for the season. Hightower was signed over Trent Richardson and Travaris Cadet.
Mon, Nov 2, 2015 04:52:00 PM

Saints released RB Tim Hightower.

Hightower was just re-signed on Monday. He evidently isn't healthy. Now 29 with a lengthy injury history, it's unclear why Hightower was a candidate for a roster spot in the first place.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 06:14:00 PM

Saints re-signed RB Tim Hightower.

Hightower was let go before Week 1 so the Saints wouldn't have to guarantee his entire contract for the season. He's back to serve as veteran depth.
Mon, Sep 14, 2015 06:28:00 PM

Saints released RB Tim Hightower.

Hightower survived final cuts, but the Saints will go with Marcus Murphy behind Mark Ingram in Week 1. He could resurface on a non-guaranteed deal. Releasing Hightower suggests the Saints aren't concerned with C.J. Spiller's (knee) status.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 05:18:00 PM

Saints signed RB Tim Hightower to a reserve/future contract.

Hightower, 29 in May, tore his left ACL in 2011 and has been out of the league since. He's had a workout here and there, but an infection in his knee derailed his comeback. Hightower was medically cleared just last spring. He'll spend the offseason with the Saints and try to earn a spot in a backfield that could lose both Mark Ingram (free agent) and Pierre Thomas (potential cap casualty).
Sun, Jan 4, 2015 08:59:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Drew Brees
2Luke McCown
3Garrett Grayson
RB1Mark Ingram
2Tim Hightower
3C.J. Spiller
4Travaris Cadet
5Marcus Murphy
GLB1Mark Ingram
2Tim Hightower
3RB1Mark Ingram
2Tim Hightower
FB1Austin Johnson
2Toben Opurum
WR11Brandin Cooks
2R.J. Harris
3Shane Wynn
4Kyle Prater
WR21Willie Snead
2Brandon Coleman
3Reggie Bell
WR31Brandon Coleman
TE1Coby Fleener
2Josh Hill
3Michael Hoomanawanui
4Rashaun Allen
5Jack Tabb
LT1Terron Armstead
LG1Andrus Peat
C1Max Unger
2Senio Kelemete
RG1Tim Lelito
2Cyril Lemon
RT1Zach Strief
2Bryan Witzmann
K1Josh Scobee
2Kai Forbath