Report: Saints work out trio of running backs, re-sign Tim Hightower


Although head coach Sean Payton alluded to the possibility of using rookie Marcus Murphy more at running back in the New Orleans Saints offense during his press conference today, the team has brought in some promising veterans that found themselves hopeful of suiting up on Sunday when the team takes on the Tennessee Titans.

Perhaps the most surprising veteran of the players to work out is Trent Richardson, as NFL Insider Ian Rapoport has reported.

The Advocate’s Nick Underhill also reported that Travaris Cadet, who signed with the New England Patriots during the off-season but was later released, also worked out with the team today.

Underhill also said Tim Hightower worked out for the Saints, and a report from the Times-Picayunes Evan Woodbery says that the team will be signing him.

Tim Hightower is extremely familiar with this year’s Saints offense, so it’s no surprise that he gets the nod. He was impressive during the preseason, and has one of the best comeback stories out there. He initially made the 53-man roster, surviving final cuts, but was released prior to the Week 1 season opener against the Arizona Cardinals. He’d be re-signed on September 14, and then released the very next day.

Hightower could easily find himself serving as the primary backup to Mark Ingram, but only time will tell as to his long-term impact for the Saints offense. Hightower participated in 86 snaps in the preseason, which was the most of any Saints running back. He has the ability to be both a runner and pass catcher.