|ADP:||Round: 14, Pick: 11|
|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 196 lb.|
|Born:||October 7, 1994|
|Drafted:||2016 / Rd. 5 (172)|
The Browns and Higgins agreed to a one-year contract Wednesday, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Higgins will stick with the only organization he's known after putting up a career-high 599 receiving yards during the 2021 season. He reeled off his 37 receptions at a clip of 16.2 YPC, but the return to health of Odell Beckham (knee) in the fall again will relegate Higgins to No. 3 in the wide receiver pecking order behind OBJ and Jarvis Landry.
The Browns have not offered Higgins a contract extension, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Analysis: It's a bit surprising to hear the Browns' front office hasn't offered Higgins any type of deal considering the 26-year-old appears eager to re-up for his sixth season with the franchise. After settling for a one-year contract last offseason near the league minimum, the 2016 fifth-round pick put together a career year after the season-ending injury to Odell Beckham (knee) despite playing just 13 games. Higgins will surely be in line for a pay raise this go around, but in a year where the salary cap took a dramatic fall, the veteran receiver may struggle to really net a lucrative long-term deal.
Higgins caught five of seven targets for a team-high 88 yards and lost a fumble in Sunday's 22-17 loss to the Chiefs in the AFC divisional round.
Analysis: Higgins led the Browns in receiving yards but made a devastating error late in the first half, as he had the ball knocked out of his hands while diving for the goal line and it went out of the bounds in the end zone for a touchback. Kansas City added another field goal before halftime, making it a 19-3 game when it looked like the Browns were about to cut it to 16-10. That error loomed huge in a game that Cleveland ultimately lost by five points. Higgins stepped up after Odell Beckham's season-ending knee injury this year, but it remains to be seen whether Cleveland will opt to bring Higgins back in free agency.
Higgins caught two of seven targets for 28 yards in Sunday's 48-35 wild-card win over Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Higgins had a healthy number of targets, his third highest of the season, and reflects the wide receiver's usage over the final quarter of the season. Since Week 13, Higgins averaged seven targets over five games played. The Browns move onto the AFC divisional round next Sunday to face the Chiefs, whose defense yielded the second fewest yards to wide receivers (78.7) during the regular season.
Higgins caught two of three targets for 55 yards, including a long of 42, in Sunday's 24-22 win over the Steelers.
Analysis: Higgins was one of four returning wide receivers that sat out Week 16 while on the reserve/COVID-19 list. For the fourth straight week and the fifth time in the last six, he posted more than 50 receiving yards in a game. After the loss of Odell Beckham, Higgins stepped in to become Cleveland's deep threat. Since the mid-season bye week, Higgins has averaged 16.9 yards per catch. With the win, Cleveland qualified for the postseason and will meet the Steelers -- for the third time this season -- in a Wild Card weekend game.
Higgins is officially off the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Analysis: Jarvis Landry, Donovan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge came off the list as well, which sets the stage for Higgins -- who missed this past Sunday's loss to the Jets after being identified as a close contact of an infected person or persons -- to return to his usual key pass-catching role alongside Landry in this weekend's must-win game against the Steelers.
Higgins is on track to come off the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Analysis: As will Jarvis Landry, Donovan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge, with the moves to become official later Thursday. Per the report, the wide receiver quartet is in line to be available to take the field should the Browns be permitted to hold a practice Thursday.
Higgins (undisclosed) and Cleveland's other top receivers could be eligible to return from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: Higgins, Jarvis Landry, Donovan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge all missed last Sunday's loss to the Jets, but all five high-risk contacts will be eligible to return to team facilities Thursday if they keep returning negative tests. That would clear Higgins and each of the aforementioned wideouts to suit up against the Steelers in Week 17.
The Browns placed Higgins (undisclosed) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, ruling him our for Sunday's road game versus the Jets.
Analysis: In addition to Higgins, fellow wide receivers Jarvis Landry, Donovan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge were deemed high-risk close contacts and are unable to suit up Week 16. With just one WR (Marvin Hall) remaining on the active roster, Cleveland elevated Ja'Marcus Bradley and Derrick Willies from the practice squad.
Higgins (undisclosed) has been deemed a high-risk close contact and may not be available Sunday versus the Jets, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The same can be said for Jarvis Landry and Donovan Peoples-Jones. The Browns haven't placed any of the trio on the reserve/COVID-19 list yet, but a decision on each player's availability may be imminent. If all three are unable to suit up Sunday, Cleveland will be down to two healthy wide receivers (KhaDarel Hodge and Marvin Hall) on the active roster.
Higgins caught four of five targets for 76 yards in Sunday's 20-6 win over the Giants.
Analysis: Despite seeing his two-game scoring streak end, Higgins continued to thrive as the Browns' No. 2 wideout. This was the fourth time in the last five weeks with at least 65 receiving yards, and he's averaged 5.7 targets and 61.2 yards in the six games since Odell Beckham's season-ending knee injury. Higgins and the Browns have a soft landing in Week 15 against the Jets, who rank 25th in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers.
Higgins caught six of 10 targets for 68 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 47-42 loss to the Ravens.
Analysis: Higgins' performance was highlighted by his 21-yard touchdown on fourth-and-four to begin the fourth quarter. That play not only gave Higgins a score in consecutive games, but also helped him put together his second straight six-catch outing. With at least 65 yards in three of his last four appearances as well, Higgins is growing in importance as the regular season comes to its conclusion. He'll aim to keep trending in the right direction in Week 15 versus the Giants.
Higgins recorded six receptions on nine targets for 95 yards and a touchdown in Week 13 against the Titans.
Analysis: Higgins had a firm grip on the second receiver role as KhaDarel Hodge (hamstring) was sidelined. He took advantage of the opportunity, racking up his highest target total since Week 1 of the 2017 season. Higgins delivered a number of explosive plays, the longest of which was a 35-yard reception over the middle of the field early in the first quarter. He also tacked on a 17-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter, beating his coverage in the back corner of the end zone. Given that the Browns are typically heavily reliant on the running game, Higgins will be hard-pressed to replicate this volume in a Week 14 matchup against the Ravens.
Higgins caught one of two targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 27-25 win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: Higgins had just one catch and fewer than 20 yards for the third time in seven games since taking on a larger role in Week 5. This could have been a bigger week for Higgins, who has zero touchdowns in the last five games, but quarterback Baker Mayfield sailed a throw over a wide-open Higgins in the end zone on a drive that ended in a field goal. Higgins is firmly planted as the Browns' second wideout for a team that relies on the ground attack more than its receivers.
Higgins caught three of four targets for 65 yards in Sunday's 22-17 win over the Eagles.
Analysis: The Eagles took away top wideout Jarvis Landry, who had a season-low two targets, while Higgins and KhaDarel Hodge (five targets, 73 yards) took on lead downfield roles. It was a continuation for Higgins whose profile has increased in the wake of Odell Beckham's season-ending knee injury early in Week 7. Higgins has averaged 3.3 catches, 4.3 targets and 59.3 yards over the last four games since Beckham's injury. Ironically, his two touchdowns this season came in games when Beckham was still healthy. The Browns have a road date Week 12 against the one-win Jaguars.
Higgins caught three of four targets for 48 yards in Sunday's 10-7 win over the Texans.
Analysis: A windy, rainy day in Cleveland made downfield throwing a challenge and led to a greater reliance on the ground game. That put a cap on wide receiver production. Higgins led the Browns in receiving yards and remains the No. 2 wideout with Odell Beckham (knee) done for the season. The Browns are at home again Week 11 when they host the Eagles.
Higgins caught one of three targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 16-6 loss to the Raiders.
Analysis: After a breakout performance Week 7, when Odell Beckham sustained a season-ending knee injury, Higgins fell back to earth against Las Vegas. It wasn't so much the Raiders defense as it was the conditions -- 35 MPH winds that were shifting all day -- which made throwing difficult. Quarterback Baker Mayfield attempted just 25 passes while the Raiders Derek Carr threw 24. Additionally, Las Vegas won the possession battle, limiting the Browns to just six drives and 22 minutes with the ball. Higgins (35 snaps) and KhaDarel Hodge (34 snaps) shared the No. 2 wideout job but only Higgins was targeted. Cleveland enters its bye week and will likely retain the existing corps of wide receivers through Tuesday's trade deadline, so Higgins and Hodge should continue to battle for snaps/targets behind Jarvis Landry from here on out.
With KhaDarel Hodge (hamstring) ready to come off injured reserve Week 8, Higgins faces more competition for targets, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: Cleveland's wideout position was thrown into turmoil last week when Odell Beckham sustained a season-ending knee injury, so it's natural they'll have Hodge ready to play immediately even though they can delay his return up to three weeks. Prior to the season, Hodge had beaten out Higgins for the No. 3 job, but Higgins has been vital since replacing him the last three weeks. He's caught 10 of 11 targets for 149 yards and two touchdowns, including two big catches on the Browns' game-winning drive Week 7 against the Bengals. It's likely the position group starts with Higgins and Jarvis Landry followed by Hodge and Donovan Peoples-Jones when Cleveland hosts Las Vegas this week.
Higgins is expected to handle an expanded role following news that Odell Beckham (torn ACL) is out for the season, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Analysis: Beckham exited on the first drive of Sunday's game, so Higgins was called upon immediately and ended up tied with Jarvis Landry for a team-high six targets over the remainder of the game. Higgins was far more productive with the looks, catching every one for 110 yards compared to Landry's five receptions for 48 yards. It should be noted that Austin Hooper (abdomen) was inactive and cut into Higgins' target share upon return, but Higgins proved himself Sunday and should handle a starting role moving forward.
Higgins caught all six of his targets for a team-high 110 yards in Sunday's 37-34 win over the Bengals.
Analysis: Higgins stepped up after Odell Beckham (knee) left the game on Cleveland's first drive and didn't return. If Beckham's unable to play against the Raiders in Week 8, Higgins -- who had only five catches for 53 yards and two touchdowns all season coming into this game -- should continue to play an expanded role in a Browns passing game that came alive with five touchdowns in this one.
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