Coach Sean Payton: Saints will see how running back Tim Hightower’s role develops _lowres


The New Orleans Saints brought in Tim Hightower to replace Khiry Robinson‘s spot in the backfield.

What isn’t clear yet is whether or not Hightower will replace Robinson’s role in the game plan.

Robinson, who was averaging 15.4 snaps per game this season, had a clear place in the Saints’ offense, averaging seven carries per game behind Mark Ingram.

“We’ll kind of see how the role develops,” Saints coach Sean Paytonsaid. “I do think generally a guy like him will have a little bit more juice in his step and yet there are some things he has to pay close attention to, you know, getting into a live game, ball security, there are some things (for him to focus on) having not played since the preseason.”

Hightower, who rushed for 96 yards on 29 carries in the preseason, will be playing in his first NFL game since 2011 when he takes the field for the Saints.

“He practiced well yesterday,” Payton said. “You know, we’ll see how it kind of goes over the course of the game.”