It’s somewhat rare that I compliment and praise the Washington Redskins in this space unless they do something correct.
That doesn’t happen enough. It’s unfortunate for everyone.
But I do, when they have a big day. Just like a couple of Friday’s ago when they made a
smart deal with Terrelle Pryor
, won the PR battle a day after firing their general manager and more.
Obviously, I am not a big fan of a lot of things they do, such as the way they
“screwed over” Chris Baker as part of their three big free agent departures.
I was dead opposed to how they cowardly attacked Scot McCloughan with an anonymous quote and then refused to answer any questions. As usual, they should have listened to me.
Oh well, I guess they know better and they know exactly what they are doing, now don’t they? Their philosophy has worked brilliantly over the years.
When they do make a smart call, we have no issue with giving them a pat on the back. Like right now.
Redskins brought in Tim Hightower for a visit on Wednesday
. As of right now, they haven’t signed him but at least it is a step in the right direction.
As you recall, I wrote that they
should consider signing Adrian Peterson to add to the backfield rotation
and previously mentioned that LeGarrette Blount would be a good choice as well.
Hightower may not sign here, but this represents the Redskins recognizing a need and trying to fix it.
That’s a step in a positive direction.
Their running backs are not good enough. Nobody can dispute this. Their commitment to the running game is infuriating, despite success in the passing game.
Washington absolutely has to run the ball better and more consistently this year, if they are to have any chance. Especially without
DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in the fold
As for Hightower, he was traded to the Redskins and emerged as a reliable lead back for a short period of time in 2011 under the Shanahan’s before blowing out his knee that October in Carolina.
Multiple surgeries and setbacks later, Hightower returned to the NFL and caught on with the Saints over the last two years.
He’s not a stud by any means. He’s not a lead back by any means. He’s a rotational piece of the puzzle and can help you get better. He can run, he can catch the ball out of the backfield and he’s a humble, motivated leader.
He can help Robert Kelley, Chris Thompson and Mack Brown. Matt Jones can learn too, assuming he’s still on the roster if Hightower signs, which is no sure thing.
The Redskins need more guys like Hightower who can do the little things right and won’t create any drama or headlines. He’s “purpose-driven” as his motto has always been.
He’s still only 30 years old, so he’s younger than Peterson and missed three full seasons as he got right, which can be viewed as a positive or negative, depending on how you view the situation.
Over the past two years, Hightower has
923 rushing yards, 329 receiving yards and nine touchdowns
in a reserve role to Mark Ingram.
Hightower went to college at the University of Richmond and high school in Alexandria and is the perfect low-drama, high character addition for a team that is sorely in need of leadership.
Even though Hightower would not have the potential higher upside and marketing power of Adrian Peterson, he also does have the same cost or sordid history.
He clearly would not be what Blount brings to the table either (18 touchdowns in 2016)
If Robert Kelley is who the Redskins say he is, Hightower doesn’t have to be Peterson or Blount.
For the Redskins, the more reasonable and smarter approach here is to bring Hightower home.
For even trying, the Skins deserve a pat on the back.
Chris Russell has covered the Washington Redskins for eight seasons for multiple media outlets and was a part of the Redskins Radio Network broadcast team for five years. He covers the Redskins for Monumental Sports Network (www.DCHotRead.com) & Warpath Magazine. Listen to Chris on Washington D.C.'s # 1 sports radio station, 106.7 The FAN