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Tim Hightower | Running Back | #22

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/23/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 220
College: Richmond
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 5 (149) / ARZ
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49ers released RB Tim Hightower.
The 49ers have also released DL Leger Douzable, OL Andrew Gardner and WR Louis Murphy. Initially in the running for No. 2 duties behind Carlos Hyde, 31-year-old Hightower had a brutal summer, generating 20 yards on 11 preseason carries. Hightower was workmanlike the past two years in New Orleans, but the rebuilding 49ers are understandably seeking more upside. Hightower will get calls after the way he acquitted himself for Sean Payton. Fri, Sep 1, 2017 05:33:00 PM

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The Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows believes Tim Hightower is on the 49ers' roster bubble.

Barrows expects Hightower to play "extensively" in the fourth preseason game, an "honor" usually reserved for young players or guys competing for a job. Hightower is certainly not young by NFL standards, so the latter is the likely explanation. With Carlos Hyde and rookies Matt Breida and Joe Williams locked into roster spots, Hightower is competing with Raheem Mostert for a job.
Thu, Aug 31, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Tim Hightower took the first rep at running back at Monday's training camp practice.

It was reported over the weekend that Hightower looked "most comfortable" in coach Kyle Shanahan's outside-zone scheme, which isn't surprising after Hightower played for Shanahan in D.C. Perhaps the staff was rewarding Hightower for his strong first couple days of camp. Carlos Hyde was second up at running back Monday but proceeded to fumble on a pitch play. This position battle is one of the most fascinating of summer.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 06:56:00 PM

Tim Hightower has reportedly looked the most comfortable of the 49ers' backs in coach Kyle Shanahan's outside-zone running game.

Hightower should have the most familiarity after spending two years with Shanahan in Washington. Although fourth-round pick Joe Williams has generated more hype, it's conceivable Hightower is just as big a threat to Carlos Hyde's early-down carries. Hightower is also better in the passing game than Hyde.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 07:26:00 PM

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.
Sat, Apr 1, 2017 12:40:00 PM

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
Wed, Mar 22, 2017 01:48:00 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
Wed, Mar 15, 2017 10:57:00 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.
Sun, Jan 1, 2017 09:10:00 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

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