Who will emerge in Redskins backfield?
Updated: August 4, 2011, 3:51 PM ETBy Eric Karabell
Perhaps I was a bit harsh in referring to new Washington Redskins running back Tim Hightower as a "wasted pick" in my mock draft reaction blog Wednesday. I do think it was a smart move by the beleaguered Redskins -- it really might be a wasted season for them -- to acquire the former Arizona Cardinals back on the cheap (if you view a late draft pick and defensive end Vonnie Holliday as cheap) and add to their questionable depth. After all, in his three seasons in the NFL, Hightower has produced a double-digit touchdown season, had another season with 63 receptions and last season averaged 4.8 yards per carry. Wow, if only all three of those things could have happened in one glorious campaign!
In truth, the reason why I could see myself not sticking with Hightower in a fantasy league is the uncertainty surrounding him, given Mike Shanahan's "go-with-your-gut" system of choosing whom he trusts to run the football. Honestly, it's been tough to tell in recent (all ?) seasons what the guy is thinking. In his Denver Broncos days, Shanahan seemed to go with a different running back each season after the Terrell Davis era ended (Mike Anderson, Reuben Droughns, Tatum Bell and Mike Bell), and his first season in Washington was no different. Former Bronco Ryan Torain was the surprise choice after Clinton Portis flamed out, Keiland Williams blew his chance and
remember when people thought James Davis was also in the mix?
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