San Francisco 49ers Rumors: RB Tim Hightower cut
The San Francisco 49ers have cut running back Tim Hightower prior to tomorrow’s roster cutdown deadline, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan.
#49ers cut RB Tim Hightower.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) September 1, 2017
Entering his seventh season in the league, Hightower is expected to be picked up by another team that is in need of a veteran in the locker room and one who can contribute in small doses.
Prior to spending the 2017 offseason with the 49ers, Hightower spent time with the Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins and New Orleans Saints.
The 31-year-old is not going to be a drastic improvement to any team’s roster, but he does provide a steady veteran presence to a club that is in need of a reliable option in the backfield.
As mentioned earlier, Hightower is not going to be a major difference maker, but he does happen to be decent as a pass protector in the backfield, and he proved to be a solid receiving option at the running back position early in his career.
As far as his effect on your fantasy football teams, you were already in a world of trouble if you drafted the journeyman running back.
The California native seemed to be right at home in a running back corps featuring the likes of the oft-injured Carlos Hyde, 2017 fourth-round draft pick Joe Williams, Raheem Mostert and veteran ball carrier Kapri Bibbs.
Through four preseason contests, Hightower managed to carry the ball 11 times for a paltry 20 yards with one lone touchdown on the ground, while collecting three receptions for only five yards receiving.
Over his career, the veteran back has amassed 2,977 yards on the ground, averaging 4.0 yards per carry with 32 touchdowns on the ground. As a receiver out of the backfield, Hightower hauled in 162 receptions for 1,208 yards with two scores through the air.
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