Higgins (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday at Baltimore, Anthony Poisal of the Browns' official site reports.
Analysis: Even with rookie third-round pick Anthony Schwartz sidelined with a concussion, the Browns have elected to make Higgins a healthy scratch. This could be Higgins' reality moving forward due to his meager results this season (15-185-1 line on 31 targets in 11 games). With Higgins and Schwartz inactive, Jarvis Landry, Donovan Peoples-Jones (groin), Ja'Marcus Bradley and JoJo Natson will compose the team's group of wide receivers in Week 12.
Nov 28, 2021 4:09 PM EST
Higgins caught one of five targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 13-10 win over Detroit.
Analysis: Higgins saw an increased level of activity Sunday, playing 72 percent of the snaps (53 of 74), and the five targets were his most since Week 5. That usage was due to injuries to Donovan Peoples-Jones (groin) and Anthony Schwartz (concussion). Somewhere between Week 5, when Higgins caught a touchdown, and the previous two games, Higgins fell out of favor with the coaching staff -- he played a combined 29 of 107 snaps (27 percent) Weeks 9 and 10 -- but there just too many injuries heading into Week 11. Higgins' role next Monday in Baltimore depends on the health of others, including Jarvis Landry, who aggravated a previous knee injury against the Lions but fought through it.
Nov 22, 2021 3:29 AM EST
Higgins moves up the depth chart with rookie Anthony Schwartz sidelined by a concussion for Sunday's game against the Lions, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: For a third consecutive week following the departure of Odell Beckham, Higgins seems to be in a position to take on a higher profile in the passing game. It's unclear if he's in the coaching staff's doghouse, but Higgins played three snaps against the Bengals in Week 9, then 26 snaps Week 10 but only after Schwartz was removed. In addition to Schwartz's unavailability, Donovan Peoples-Jones is questionable with an apparent aggravation of a previous groin injury. Any Higgins optimism should be tempered by the multiple injuries quarterback Baker Mayfield (shoulder, knee, foot) dealt with over the past week, plus the return of running back Nick Chubb from the COVID-19 protocols list, which should translate to a run-heavy attack.
Nov 20, 2021 6:06 AM EST
Higgins did not catch his lone target in Sunday's 45-7 loss to New England.
Analysis: Higgins' lone target came late in the game when the Browns were down by 31 points. The greater role that Cleveland offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt said Higgins would have never materialized against the Patriots. The sixth-year wideout was on the field for 26 snaps after having just three last week against the Bengals, but Higgins has fallen behind Donovan Peoples-Jones (50 snaps), who has played a greater role post-Odell Beckham.
Nov 15, 2021 4:33 AM EST
Cleveland offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt said Higgins will get opportunities now that Odell Beckham is no longer with the team, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Analysis: The Browns played without Beckham last week, and Higgins went untargeted while playing just three snaps. If he were to grab a larger role without Beckham, why didn't it happen last week? However it all shakes out, Higgins and quarterback Baker Mayfield have exhibited chemistry in the past, and the wide receiver could eventually emerge as a viable target going forward. The biggest impediments to Higgins are Jarvis Landry (knee), Donovan Peoples-Jones and a heavy reliance on the running attack.
Nov 12, 2021 6:55 AM EST
Higgins was not targeted in Sunday's 41-16 win over Cincinnati.
Analysis: This was Cleveland's first game following the negotiated release of wide receiver Odell Beckham, so there was some interest in who might benefit from that decision. Early on, it looks like Donovan Peoples-Jones, who led the Browns with 86 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown catch, received a boost. Higgins has multiple years of experience in the organization, including four seasons with Baker Mayfield, and has worked well with the quarterback in the past, so he should not be written off yet. For now, however, it looks like Jarvis Landry and Peoples-Jones are the tops among wide receivers.
Nov 7, 2021 7:41 PM EST
Higgins moves up Cleveland's wide receiver depth chart after the team and Odell Beckham agreed to part ways.
Analysis: Higgins has never been a big part of the passing attack, but he's been less so in 2021. That's due to a few reasons: the team's heavy tilt toward the running attack, its use of tight ends as receivers, and the emergence of Donovan Peoples-Jones (groin) at wideout. Now, with Beckham on his way out of town and Peoples-Jones nursing an injury, Higgins could become the No. 2 wideout behind Jarvis Landry in Sunday's game against Cincinnati.
Nov 6, 2021 7:17 AM EST
Higgins caught two of four passes for 27 yards in Sunday's 15-10 loss to the Steelers.
Analysis: It was another quiet week for Higgins, despite Donovan Peoples-Jones being inactive due to a groin injury. He's been active for all eight games but held under 30 yards in seven of those contests. Higgins and quarterback Baker Mayfield have had a good rapport going back to 2018, but the receiver ranks 111th in the league with a catch rate of 56 percent (14 catches, 25 targets).
Nov 1, 2021 4:54 AM EST
Higgins caught one of two targets for minus-2 yards in Thursday's 17-14 win over the Broncos.
Analysis: Higgins, who went untargeted last week, was a non-factor for the second straight game. This was the first time this season that both Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry were active, so reduced involvement by Higgins was expected; however, a pre-game groin injury suffered by Donovan Peoples-Jones led to Higgins playing 42 snaps, second among the wide receivers. The Browns have 10 days to prepare for their next game against the Steelers, which gives Peoples-Jones plenty of time to get ready. Higgins had fallen behind the second-year wide receiver the previous two games.
Oct 22, 2021 4:00 AM EST
Higgins did not catch any of three targets in Sunday's 37-14 loss to Arizona.
Analysis: Higgins played 63 percent of the offensive snaps (37 of 59 plays) -- his biggest share since Week 2 when both Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry (knee) were injured -- but was shut out for the first time since Week 1, a game in which he played just four snaps due to his own lingering injury. Quarterback Baker Mayfield established a great connection with Donovan Peoples-Jones (four catches, 101 yards, two TDs), who has been Higgins biggest competitor for playing time, so there could be a change in the wide receiver pecking order. Higgins' 19 overall targets leads Peoples-Jones (15), but the second-year wideout took on a higher profile that last two weeks with 10 catches and 11 targets compared to Higgins' three and eight.
Oct 18, 2021 5:41 AM EST
Higgins caught three of five targets for 29 yards and a seven-yard touchdown pass in Sunday's 47-42 loss to the Chargers.
Analysis: After barely playing (four snaps) in a Week 1 loss to the Chiefs, Higgins has been a regular in the wideout rotation since, suggesting that a hamstring injury leading up to the season opener was the reason for playing against Kansas City. Sunday's score was his first of the season and the first that any wide receiver has scored thus far in 2021. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has thrown just four touchdowns through five games.
Oct 11, 2021 5:09 AM EST
Higgins brought in four of seven targets for 63 yards in the Browns' 14-7 win over the Vikings on Sunday.
Analysis: Higgins drew even with Odell Beckham for the team lead in targets while pacing the Browns in both receptions and receiving yards on a lackluster day for the passing game overall. The veteran slot man has done a serviceable job filling in for Jarvis Landry (IR-knee) as the de facto No. 2 receiver over the last two games, posting a 6-87 line on nine targets in that pair of contests. Higgins still projects for modest fantasy value on a week-to-week basis in the run-heavy Browns attack, but he'll look to continue contributing in a Week 5 road matchup against the Chargers.
Oct 3, 2021 3:26 PM EST
Higgins caught two of two targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 26-6 win over Chicago.
Analysis: Higgins saw a healthy number of snaps for the second straight week following the season-opener win which he played just four snaps. With Jarvis Landry (knee) sidelined, it was up to Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones to pick up extra playing time and potential targets. The duo combined for four catches on four targets for 63 yards in what was a run-heavy attack (42 carries, 31 throws). Landry is on the injured list, Higgins should be in line for reasonable usage the next two weeks at least; however, the Browns will continue to lean on running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, while Odell Beckham dominates the touches on the outside.
Sep 27, 2021 5:00 AM EST
Higgins caught both of his targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 31-21 win over Houston.
Analysis: Higgins was barely an afterthought Week 1 when he played just four snaps, but an early knee injury removed Jarvis Landry from the equation Week 2 and paved the way for Higgins to play 43 snaps (70 percent). Landry is expected to miss multiple games, and if Odell Beckham (knee) is not ready for Week 3 against the Bears, Higgins should get similar run. His main competition for playing time did not fare so well Sunday. Donovan Peoples-Jones fumbled away his lone touch, and rookie Anthony Schwartz stopped short on a route that resulted in an interception. Those were Cleveland's two turnovers on the day.
Sep 20, 2021 4:34 AM EST
Higgins played just seven percent (four of 59) of the offensive snaps in Sunday's 33-29 loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: It was unclear where Higgins stood entering the regular season, vis a vis younger wideouts like Donovan Peoples-Jones and Anthony Schwartz, but a clearer picture emerged after Week 1. Peoples-Jones (47 snaps) and Schwarz (31) picked up the slack for the inactive Odell Beckham, sending Higgins down the depth chart. One imagines what his playing time would have been had Beckham been active.
Sep 13, 2021 5:28 AM EST
Higgins (hamstring) logged a full practice Friday and doesn't carry an injury designation heading into Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
Analysis: Higgins was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday but was able to spread his wings Friday without a setback. Odell Beckham (knee) is questionable, and Higgins would take on an unexpectedly important role in the season opener if Beckham can't go, though the team expects OBJ to be out there barring a setback.
Sep 10, 2021 12:34 PM EST
Higgins (hamstring) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday.
Analysis: It remains to be seen if he approaches Sunday's game against Kansas City with an injury designation, but as long Odell Beckham (knee) and Jarvis Landry are both available, Higgins may have a tough time earning steady volume in Cleveland's passing offense.
Sep 8, 2021 3:44 PM EST
Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski said Higgins' leg injury is not serious, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Analysis: Higgins half practiced Thursday then sat out Friday's session, which the head coach described as "just being smart." The five-year veteran, who has a working history with quarterback Baker Mayfield, doesn't need to play for a roster spot in Sunday's preseason finale. That leaves more reps for the bubble guys, like KhaDarel Hodge, JoJo Natson and Davion Davis.
Aug 27, 2021 7:36 PM EST
Higgins (leg) didn't practice Friday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Analysis: He thus figures to miss Sunday's preseason game against Atlanta, having been limited to individual drills in recent practice. The Browns haven't said anything specific about Higgins' injury, but he did have his right leg wrapped Thursday, per Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Aug 27, 2021 10:22 AM EST
Higgins worked in individual drills only Thursday and then had his right leg wrapped while sitting out the rest of practice, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: It's unclear if this was a routine maintenance day or if Higgins is nursing a leg injury. If healthy, Higgins is assured of a spot among the Browns' top five wide receivers.
Aug 26, 2021 8:04 PM EST
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