As we wait for the NFL labor situation to be resolved,this is a continuation of a series on current Arizona Cardinals players and my thoughts on the past performance all the way to whether I think they will be on the roster in 2011. I go from A and go to Z. Next up: Running Back Tim Hightower
2010 review: It is hard to imagine Hightower regressing in 2010 after the 2008 and 2009 seasons he had, but it seemed he did just that. Sure, he rushed for more yards in 2010. He had his longest career run of 80 yards against the Atlanta Falcons. His number of receptions went down. He played in all 16 games, but only started 13 instead of all of them. That was mainly due to his performance. He still fumbled balls in crucial situations. He had a goal line fumble against the Seattle Seahawks that turned the momentum in the game.
2011 outlook: Rough. At least rough from an Arizona Cardinals standpoint. The Cards didn’t go draft Ryan Williams to watch him sit on the bench. Although the Cards denied selecting Williams had anything to do with Hightower’s performance in 2010, you can bet your bottom dollar is was most definitely a message to Hightower that his days in Arizona are numbered. Numbered so much, do not be surprised when Hightower is traded once the lockout is lifted.