Tim Hightower
RB NO (5)
2 weeks ago

Hightower gained nine yards on three carries in Sunday's loss to the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

According to Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Hightower played only three snaps in Week 2 and received a carry on each of them. While Travaris Cadet continues to see more playing time as the team's backfield receiving option, Cadet did not receive a single carry in Week 2. Hightower will have little fantasy value so long as starting running back Mark Ingram is healthy, but Hightower remains the best bet to carry the backfield load should Ingram miss any time this year.

Tim Hightower
RB NO (5)
3 weeks ago

Hightower gained nine yards on four carries and one yard on one reception in Sunday's season opening loss to the Raiders.

EDGE Analysis

Even with C.J. Spiller a healthy inactive in Week 1, Hightower saw only four carries in relief of Mark Ingram, with Travaris Cadet getting most of the third-down snaps. When Ingram was sidelined at the end of last season, Hightower served as the Saints' three-down workhorse -- racking up nice yards on the ground and through the air. However, if Week 1 is any indication, should Ingram miss time this season, it appears that Hightower would probably receive the majority of the carries, but unlike last year, Cadet (or Spiller) would play a more significant role in the passing game.

Tim Hightower
RB NO (5)
4 weeks ago

Hightower gained 24 yards on eight carries in Thursday's preseason game against the Ravens and, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Hightower is still likely second in line for carries behind Mark Ingram once the regular season begins.

EDGE Analysis

With Hightower looking pedestrian this preseason, there was some chatter that his roster spot could be in jeopardy. However, the 30-year-old veteran tailback had a better night than his stats suggest, and his performance appears to have restored confidence among Saints' beat reporters that he will once again be Ingram's top backup. As such, should Ingram get injured, Hightower would likely see the bulk of the carries, but C.J. Spiller, who is looking much improved this preseason, would also get some more work.

Tim Hightower
RB NO (5)
1 month ago

Hightower gained 27 yards on eight carries and eight yards on one reception in Friday's preseason loss to the Steelers.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower was the fourth Saints running back to get a touch, as the team's early gameplan included a bunch of short passes to C.J. Spiller and Travaris Cadet. No matter, Hightower is expected to serve as Ingram's top backup, though the role probably won't include work on passing downs, which was part of his appeal late last season. In the event of an Ingram injury, both Hightower and Spiller would likely get more work.

Tim Hightower
RB NO (5)
2 months ago

Hightower gained two yards on four carries and 22 yards on two receptions (five targets) in Thursday's preseason game against the Patriots.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower, Mark Ingram and C.J. Spiller split snaps throughout the first half, mostly facing New England's second-team defense. While it was odd for Ingram to get so much playing time, there's no reason to think his role as the lead back is in any danger. Hightower does have quite a bit of handcuff appeal, as seen over the final four weeks of last season.

Tim Hightower
RB NO (5)
9 months ago

Hightower rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and added 41 yards on five catches in Sunday's win over Atlanta.

EDGE Analysis

Prior to November, Hightower hadn't played in a competitive football game since 2011. After the kind of production he put together to close the season, there may be plenty more games in his future. Hightower averaged 114 total yards and a touchdown during the season's final four games for a Saints backfield riddled by injuries. Hightower will be 30 by the start of the 2016 season, but his ability to pound the line of scrimmage and catch the ball out of the backfield should be good enough to earn him a supporting role next season.

Tim Hightower
RB NO (5)
9 months ago

Hightower ran for 122 yards on 27 carries with two touchdowns and caught all three of his targets for 47 yards in Sunday's 37-28 win over the Jaguars.

EDGE Analysis

Over the last three games, Hightower has touched the ball quite a bit, and has been extremely productive, especially for a player that was out of the league for three seasons. In fact, his 76 touches over the last three weeks is more than injured starter Mark Ingram (shoulder) ever got in any three-game span this year. The veteran RB has another favorable matchup in the season finale at Atlanta in Week 17.

Tim Hightower
RB NO (5)
9 months ago

Hightower rushed 13 times for 54 yards and caught three passes (on four targets) for 31 yards in Monday's loss to the Lions.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower once again enjoyed the bulk of the Saints' backfield work, but with the Saints behind big early Monday, he wasn't afforded anywhere close to the 28 carries he saw in Week 14. Nonetheless, Hightower's 4.2 yards per carry Monday marked an improvement, and he also made a contribution in the passing game with three catches. Given that involvement, Hightower figures to maintain commendable late season value heading into Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Tim Hightower
RB NO (5)
10 months ago10 Comments

Hightower received a "Mark Ingram-like snap count" in the Saints' win in Tampa Bay on Sunday, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

EDGE Analysis

Hightower assumed the role of the Saints' featured tailback, playing 58 of the team's 82 snaps (71 percent) against the Buccaneers, while C.J. Spiller remained in his sparse role with 15 snaps (18 percent). Hightower only averaged three yards per carry against a stout Tampa Bay run defense, but his usage was sky-high, as he toted the ball a whopping 28 times. Although the Saints' Week 15 opponent, Detroit, has played pretty well defensively over the last month, as the de facto bell cow running back in New Orleans, Hightower should merit starting consideration in many fantasy leagues.

Tim Hightower
RB NO (5)
10 months ago1 Comment

Hightower gained 85 yards on 28 carries and secured his sole target for 10 yards in Sunday's 24-17 victory over the Buccaneers.

EDGE Analysis

Amazingly, Hightower toted the ball a career-high 28 times in only his third game back after a three season-plus absence from the NFL. While he found tough sledding against a Tampa run defense that was the stingiest in the league in yards per carry allowed (3.5), he showed outstanding stamina and toughness throughout the afternoon. He also notched his first reception since October 2, 2011 versus the Rams, and certainly had to give the Saints some peace of mind that he will be able to take over the every-down backfield duties that Mark Ingram handled before his season-ending shoulder injury. Hightower will look to find some roomier running lanes in a Monday night home tilt against the Lions in Week 15.