Redskins running back Tim Hightower looked like he was running down hill in Friday night’s game. He was a smaller, quicker version of Stephen Jackson out in St Louis.

He provided that explosive running style the Redskins have desperately needed for quite some time now.

Give credit where credit is due: a balanced attack along with much better blocking was a big part why Hightower was able to get some good runs off.

This guy is exciting to watch, though, and hopefully he can stay healthy and hold onto the ball. I would assume that if Hightower continues running like he did on Friday he will be the number one guy at running back, creating a potential dynamic duo at the position with Ryan Torain.

I don’t look for Torain to lay down and let Hightower have it, so this may shape up to be the most intense and fun battle to watch this preseason.

Running back notes: I thought Evan Royster and Roy Helu both did outstanding jobs. Both protected the ball, ran effectively and did well on blitz pickups.

Darrel Young made a few plays at fullback, most notably a catch and run where he shook Lawrence Timmons of the Steelers in the open field.