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Arizona is trading RB Tim Hightower to Washington for a conditional late-round pick based on play time, along with DE Vonnie Holliday.


ES Staff Appended Edit:


For Immediate Release

July 31, 2011


LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have received running back Tim Hightower from the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday and an undisclosed draft pick.

Hightower (6-0, 222) is entering his fourth NFL season after spending the previous three with Arizona, which drafted him in the fifth round (No. 149 overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He has played in 48 career games, including 36 starts, and rushed for 1,733 yards and 23 touchdowns on 439 carries. Hightower has also made 118 receptions for 801 yards.

Last season, Hightower played in 16 games, including 13 starts, and led the Cardinals in rushing with 736 yards on 153 attempts (4.8 avg.). He also topped the team with five rushing touchdowns to give him 23 over the last three years, tied for the 10th-most in the NFL over that span.

In 2009, Hightower rushed 143 times for 598 yards (4.2 avg.) and eight touchdowns. That followed a rookie campaign in which he appeared in all 16 regular season games and led the Cardinals with 10 rushing touchdowns, tied for eighth in the NFL.

The 25-year-old Hightower was born May 23, 1986, in Alexandria, Va. He later attended Episcopal High School in Alexandria and the University of Richmond.

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4th season out of Richmond. 25 years old

career stats:


Season Team Rushing Receiving Fumbles

G GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost

2010 Arizona Cardinals 16 13 153 736 4.8 80T 5 21 136 6.5 20 0 5 4

2009 Arizona Cardinals 16 16 143 598 4.2 50 8 63 428 6.8 23 0 5 4

2008 Arizona Cardinals 16 7 143 399 2.8 30T 10 34 237 7.0 26 0 2 0

TOTAL 439 1,733 3.9 80 23 118 801 6.8 26 0 12 8

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I like Tim Hightower. I think he has the strength and speed to be a good running back.

I'm not sure if I like the move though. I was excited about the three rookie backs we added.

The RB competition should be interesting though.

Torrain, Helu, Royster, Williams, Draughns, and Hightower. Which 3 will make the team?

I am rooting for Helu and Royster, but the addition of Hightower means one of them probably won't be on the active roster.

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From wiki (fwiw--and something odd seems to be going with the thread :))

College career

As a true freshman at the University of Richmond in 2004, Hightower played in all 11 games for the Spiders and carried the ball 58 times for 161 yards. He also made 19 receptions for 158 yards. In his sophomore year, Hightower played in 13 games and started nine, rushing 142 times for 777 yards and nine touchdowns and catching 21 passes for 163 yards. He finished third on the team in scoring with 54 total points on nine touchdowns.

Starting all 11 games as a junior, Hightower posted career-highs in carries (177), rushing yards (850), receptions (34), receiving yards (269) and touchdown catches (2). He scored seven touchdowns and was a Third-team All-Atlantic 10 selection. In his senior season, Hightower set school season-records with 1,924 yards and 20 touchdowns, carrying the ball 327 times (5.9 avg).

His average of 137.43 yards per game rushing led the league and ranked sixth in the nation, earning him an All-Colonial Athletic Association first-team selection.

[edit]Professional career

[edit]2008 NFL Draft

Hightower was not invited to the 2008 NFL combine, but performed well at Richmond's "pro day". He was considered one of the "small-school sleepers" in the 2008 NFL Draft,[2] but lacked the speed of elite running back prospects. Regarded as "more of a ‘three yards and a cloud of dust’ runner",[3] Hightower was projected as a solid middle-round pick.[2] He was drafted in the 5th round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Cardinals with the 149th overall pick.[4]

Pre-draft measureables

Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP


6 ft 0¼ in 217 lb 4.59 s 4.46 s 7.29 s 31½ in 9 ft 7 in 20 rep

All values from Richmond Pro Day[3]

[edit]Arizona Cardinals

Hightower scored 10 touchdowns during his rookie season, and another 3 in the post season while averaging a meager 2.8 yards per carry. He would rush for a total amount of 399 yards in 2008. Hightower would then become the only Cardinal rookie running back ever to have scored a touchdown in each of his first two games with the franchise. Evetually, he whould go on to score 10 regular season touchdowns (13 including the playoffs), setting a cardinals rookie record. He would score the winning touchdown for the Arizona Cardinals in their last drive of the 2008 NFC Championship Game to propel the Arizona Cardinals to Super Bowl XLIII (the Arizona Cardinals' first).

In the 2009 regular season, despite exactly the same number of carries (143) he was able to improve his previous 399 yards to 598 yards, an improvement which brought his yards per carry up to a solid 4.2.

Hightower would begin the season well by getting a 80-yard rushing touchdown in a game against the Atlanta Falcons. Hightower would get injured during a game against the Seattle Seahawks and would not be able to play in the following game.

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Don't knock it guys. We have freaking John Beck as our QB, we're gonna need to run the ball in record amounts just to have a chance. Right now we have a bunch of unknowns and an oft injured back... I like the move.

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