Redskins OC Kyle Shanahan believes Tim Hightower can be an "every-down back" in Washington.
"Because he's definitely a first- and second-down runner," said Shanahan, "and he also has good hands, and he's fearless when it comes to blocking. ... He knows the opportunity that's here for him, and I've been real encouraged." The Shanahans call Hightower a "strong," "powerful," and "violent" runner and believe he's ideally suited to the zone-blocking scheme. Even if rookie Roy Helu is the most explosive back on the roster, Hightower should lead this backfield in touches.