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Week 1 vs. SF
Rushing: 8 / 13 / 1
Receiving: 3 / 21 / 0 on 4 targets
Hightower appears to have played himself into a significant role as a short yardage back and had the Cardinal only rushing touchdown in the game, a two yarder in the third quarter. Hightower substituted for James when the Cardinals were in its goal line package, and also occasionally on third down. Hightower contributed with three catches out of the backfield for 21 yards.
Week 2 vs. MIA
Rushing: 10 / 24 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 20 / 0 on 1 targets
Hightower figures prominently in this offense as the rookie finished the game with 24 yards on ten carries and a touchdown. He made a crucial first down on a draw deep in the Cardinals own side of the field and also is the red zone back of choice for the Cardinals, replacing James in the Cardinals short yardage package. He scored on a one yard run late in the fourth quarter.
Week 3 vs. WAS
Rushing: 5 / 23 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 38 / 0 on 6 targets
The rookie running back, Hightower, continued to see short yardage and red zone time. Hightower was the target on a red zone trick play. Kurt Warner tossed the ball back to WR Jerheme Urban who then threw the ball back the entire width of the field to Hightower. The throw put Hightower off balance which led him to fall on the play or he would likely have scored on the play. Hightower struggled on his only short yardage situation getting stuffed for no gain on a third and short. His best runs came downhill when he had a head of steam and could set up behind his blockers.
Week 4 vs. NYJ
Rushing: 6 / 13 / 1
Receiving: 1 / 5 / 0 on 2 targets
Hightower gave way to Edgerrin James on two short yardage touchdowns, but he was able to muster up a score of his own on the ground from one yard out. The score followed a few passing attempts from the one, but Hightower was eventually able to punch it in for the score. He was targeted two times in the passing game, where he caught one pass for five yards.
Week 5 vs. BUF
Rushing: 7 / 37 / 2
Receiving: 2 / 8 / 0 on 2 targets
Hightower received most of his carries in the red zone, and turned two of those carries into touchdowns. He ran with good power, and showed a good burst to the outside at times. Hightower did not go down at first contact, and consistently gained extra yardage after absorbing the first tackle.
Week 6 vs. DAL
Rushing: 7 / 20 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 29 / 0 on 5 targets
Tim Hightower was used in the first three quarters to give Edgerrin James a rest. But with the team unable to establish any type of running attack he began to see more time on the field due to his pass catching ability out of the back field. Hightower was in the game during the fourth quarter as the team was trying to run out the clock.
Week 8 vs. CAR
Rushing: 6 / 3 / 1
Receiving: 2 / 18 / 0 on 3 targets
Hightower had the Cardinals' only rushing touchdown a two yard run in the third quarter. Hightower was initially stopped at the line of scrimmage, but reversed his field and scored with second effort. It was Hightower's sixth rushing touchdown of the season, and he leads the team in that department. He caught two balls for 18 yards.
Week 9 vs. STL
Rushing: 22 / 109 / 1
Receiving: 1 / -1 / 0 on 1 targets
The official Tim Hightower era for the Cardinals has begun as the rookie got his first NFL start in place of Edgerrin James. Hightower looked impressive and ran hard recording his first 100 yard game, (109 yards on 22 attempts for one touchdown.) His touchdown run was up the middle for 30 yards.
Week 10 vs. SF
Rushing: 13 / 22 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 28 / 0 on 8 targets
Hightower did no have success running the ball, often getting hit behind the line of scrimmage and rarely making people miss. Not counting his long run of 12 yards, he rushed for ten yards on 12 carries. On a bright note he did catch six balls for 28 yards and did show the ability to get around people in the open field a couple of times.
Week 11 vs. SEA
Rushing: 11 / 35 / 0
Hightower started the game and found the Seattle rush defense difficult. He finished the game with 11 rushes for 35 yards and no touchdowns. His longest run was 14 yards. Hightower ran hard and made additional yards after the first hit. He looks like he could break a long run at any moment.
Week 12 vs. NYG
Rushing: 11 / 21 / 2
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Hightower's game stats were skewed by his two short touchdown runs of one and four yards. He had only 21 yards on 11 carries and was kept in check the entire game. His longest run was five yards. He found few holes in the Giants' defensive front.
Week 13 vs. PHI
Rushing: 7 / 7 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 34 / 0 on 3 targets
Hightower's rushing line tells you all you need to know about his performance in the ground game. His big gain went for just four yards, and the Eagles early start really forced Arizona to get away from the running game much earlier than they would've liked. Hightower did have a nice 26 yard catch and run on a third down screen. That extended a drive that eventually led to a Larry Fitzgerald touchdown. What was very telling about this game was the way Hightower was used, or rather not used, near the goal line. On a second quarter possession, Arizona got down to the one yard line. Hightower had helped get them there with a two yard rush from the three yard line. Facing a third and one, the ball was thrown to Anquan Boldin. Philadelphia was whistled for a holding penalty, giving the Cardinals first and goal at the one. The next two plays were both passes, the second one being the aforementioned touchdown to Fitzgerald. Philadelphia later had a third and one at the six, and again opted to pass (this time resulting in a Steve Breaston touchdown). And at one point in the second half, Arizona threw the ball on 18 consecutive plays.
Week 14 vs. STL
Rushing: 12 / 32 / 1
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 1 targets
Hightower attempted only 12 rushes in the game for 32 yards, but did score his tenth touchdown (one yard) on the Cardinals' first possession of the game. The touchdown, his tenth of the season, set a Cardinals' rookie rushing record for the most touchdowns for a season.
Week 15 vs. MIN
Rushing: 5 / 20 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 20 / 0 on 6 targets
Hightower was a non-factor in this game and rushed for only 20 yards on five carries. He added five catches for 20 yards, but two of them were in the game's last drive with Leinart hitting him out of the backfield.
Week 16 vs. NE
Rushing: 10 / 17 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 10 / 0 on 6 targets
Hightower was ineffective in this game and finished with only 17 yards on ten attempts. He caught two balls out of the backfield for just ten yards. Hightower fumbled once on a screen pass.
Week 17 vs. SEA
Rushing: 3 / 3 / 0
Hightower appeared to not be part of the game plan. He carried only three times for three yards. It appeared the Cardinals were saving Hightower for the playoffs.
Week 18 vs. ATL
Rushing: 6 / 23 / 1
The rookie was used to give James a breather. He picked up 23 yards on six carries and scored the Cardinals' only rushing touchdown. All of his carries came in the second half after Boldin left the game.
Week 19 vs. CAR
Rushing: 17 / 76 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 3 / 1 on 2 targets
Hightower entered the game late in the first quarter and promptly caught a short pass in the left flat and dashed into the end zone for the Cardinals first touchdown. He only carried the ball twice in the first half but finished off Carolina in the fourth quarter with 13 punishing carries. His longest run covered 17 yards and he led the Cardinal rushing attack with 76 yards. Late in the regular season he lost his starting job to Edgerrin James in part because of fatigue. Sharing the rushing responsibilities lessened the work load, however, and Hightower seems once again in midseason form.
Week 20 vs. PHI
Rushing: 11 / 33 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 8 / 1 on 2 targets
When Hightower gave James a breather his three yard per carry average was enough to keep the Eagles from sending all eleven on a blitz. Hightower caught the winning TD on an eight yard screen pass. On the game winning drive, he converted on fourth and inches by running around right end for six yards. Toward the end of the regular season he ran out of gas but his conditioning should improve next year.
Week 21 vs. PIT
Rushing: 1 / 0 / 0
The rookie from Richmond had a limited role in this game. He only caught two passes but picked up a key first down.