Tim Hightower, who is continuing to recover after a season-ending knee injury in last season’s fifth game, is a veteran back on a team full of young, developing players. Re-signing him was critical: He will provide the much-needed leadership and experience that rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III will need.

Hightower was terrific during the preseason, but he slowed down some during the regular season. If he can return from his injury with the same type of downhill, slashing style he had before he was hurt, it would complement the talents of Roy Helu and Evan Royster perfectly.

Sophomore years can be more challenging than rookie years. But I don’t think that’s something Helu or Royster will need to worry about, because they both saw limited playing time. And splitting the load may help them avoid injuries.

Some question whether this trio forms a backfield with enough talent, whether the Redskins have a lead back. I like this backfield. The only thing better than an every down back is a stable of really good backs for every down. This could turn out to be a position of strength for the Redskins if they stay healthy.