Tim Hightower had his 2012 preseason debut and had a productive outing with five rushes for 28 yards.
Analysis: Hightower's day was highlighted by a running back draw out of the shotgun formation that gained 18 yards. He had surprisingly good acceleration to the outside and was able to elude tackles. Hightower was used almost exclusively as the third-down back and he showed he still has it when it comes to blitz pickup. He showed some shifty moves as well and he put to bed any concern that the Redskins won't be without him to open the season. This development really hurts Roy Helu (Achilles) and should impact the ceiling for guys like Evan Royster. As per usual, the running back situation with Mike Shanahan is going to drive fantasy owners insane. If you don't enjoy being toyed with by Shanahan, you might want to look elsewhere for a back on the bench. On the other hand, the Redskins looked good on offense and they might surprise some people.