While a member of the Arizona Cardinals, Tim Hightower caught 63 passes in 2009. (Courtesy Nick Bastian/Flickr)

While a member of the Arizona Cardinals, Tim Hightower caught 63 passes in 2009. (Courtesy Nick Bastian/Flickr)

49ers officially add low-risk, high-reward veteran running back

While offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons, Kyle Shanahan’s offense thrived because he had two running backs who were good enough to start for most NFL teams.

And, as the new 49ers coach and general manager John Lynch have shown since taking over a couple months ago, they believe what made the coach successful in the past will work in Santa Clara. That’s why the team signed running back Tim Hightower to a one-year deal, the Niners announced Tuesday.

Lynch informed the Faithful of the forthcoming move on Saturday.

Niners fans should be familiar with Hightower after he ran for 87 yards on 23 carries in Levi’s Stadium during the 2016 season. He also rushed for 102 yards the week before against a much tougher Seattle Seahawks defense.
But what Hightower really offers the 49ers is a dynamic running back who can catch passes out of the backfield, complementing Carlos Hyde, who is great at touting the ball but inconsistent in passing situations.

Hightower, who will be 31 when the season arrives, caught 22 of 26 targets in 2016 and hauled in as many as 63 passes in a season as a younger player.

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