|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 196 lb.|
|Born:||October 7, 1994|
|Drafted:||2016 / Rd. 5 (172)|
Browns wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea said Higgins "has an opportunity" to claim the No. 3 wide receiver job, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Analysis: Higgins had an unconventional offseason. He was released by the Browns in March, becoming an unrestricted free agent, then re-signed with the team six weeks later. "He has really embraced learning the offense, which is going to be really important for him, as it is for all of our guys in the room. I'm really excited to have the opportunity to coach him," said O'Shea, who also serves as Cleveland's passing coordinator. Higgins brings institutional knowledge, having spent the first four years of his career in Cleveland, including a stretch in 2018 when he and quarterback Baker Mayfield developed a degree of chemistry. That was before 2019 when he fell afoul of then-head coach Freddie Kitchens. The most serious competition for Higgins is expected to be running back Kareem Hunt, who finished third in catches behind Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry last season.
Higgins officially re-signed with the Browns on Friday.
Analysis: The fifth-year receiver agreed to rejoin the Browns in late April and now the ink is dry and the deal is official. Higgins has a chance to be Cleveland's No.3 receiver in 2019 after the club passed on spending significant resources on receiver in free agency or the draft. That said, Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry are powerful draws for targets, and the club added tight end Austin Hooper to bolster the intermediate passing game.
Higgins signed a one-year contract with the Browns on Tuesday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Analysis: A market never materialized for the unrestricted free agent during the offseason, prompting the two to link up following the 2020 NFL Draft which saw the Browns draft just one wide receiver -- Donovan Peoples-Jones -- in the sixth round. After a 2018 campaign in which Higghins caught nearly 40 passes and accumulated 572 receiving yards, last season was a dreadful setback as the fourth-year wideout tallied just four passes for 55 yards while seeing the fewest offensive snaps of his career. There's no guarantee Higgins will make the final roster come the fall, but in an uncertain offseason training period with few, if any, in-person practices, it makes for the Browns to add a known commodity in the 25-year-old, even if it's just for additional depth.
Higgins (coach's decision) is inactive Week 17 against Cincinnati.
Analysis: Higgins at least took the field in each of the last three weeks, but he has yet to see an offensive snap since Week 13 against Pittsburgh. It's been a disappointing season coming off a year in which he recorded 39 catches for 572 yards and four touchdowns (all career highs), but an early-season injury coupled with the addition of Odell Beckham simply proved too much to overcome. Set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2020, it's unclear what the future might hold for the 25-year-old receiver.
Higgins had one play on special teams and zero on offense in Sunday's 38-24 loss to the Cardinals in Week 15.
Analysis: This was the second straight week that Higgins did not get on the field for an offensive snap. The free agent-to-be is buried in coach Freddie Kitchens' doghouse.
Cleveland head coach Freddie Kitchens discussed Higgins' playing time after the wideout did not play a snap on offense in Week 14's win over the Bengals, Nate Ulrich and Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Analysis: Higgins had reclaimed his spot as the third wide receiver following a multi-week absence due to a sprained medial collateral, so it was surprising that he was not used offensively. Kitchens denied area reports that there is an issue between the coach and the player. Higgins reportedly refused to enter the Oct. 13 game against Seattle in the fourth quarter, the first game back from the injury. Other reports suggest the two clashed about when the wideout was healthy enough to return. After being asked what Higgins needs to do to play more, Kitchens said, "Everything we're looking for. He knows. We know." That sounds like Higgins will play a minimal role in Sunday's road game against the Cardinals.
Higgins played one snap on special teams and zero on offense in Sunday's 27-19 win over the Bengals in Week 14.
Analysis: Higgins' slow fade from the offense became complete Sunday. He was nominally the third wide receiver, but his involvement in game-plans has been minimal. Since his return Week 8, Higgins has just two catches on eight targets for nine yards. The Browns are content to use running back Kareem Hunt and returning tight end David Njoku as their secondary targets after Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham. Damion Ratley (16 snaps) and KhaDarrel Hodge (13) moved ahead of Higgins at wideout.
Higgins did not catch any of his three targets in Sunday's 20-13 loss to Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Higgins tied his season high in targets, but the wideout has not caught a ball the last three weeks and has fallen behind running back Kareem Hunt as a target. In the four games since Hunt's return from an eight-game suspension, he's caught 20 of 25 targets compared to one of five for Higgins.
Higgins was targeted once with zero catches in Sunday's 41-24 win over Miami in Week 12.
Analysis: Higgins' lone target was in the red zone, one that quarterback Baker Mayfield lamented about following the game. "We had one (pass) to Rashard Higgins. If I give him a better ball... he gets a touchdown," the quarterback told Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The second-year wideout, who was a distant third in the pecking order behind Jarvis Landry (13 targets) and Odell Beckham (eight targets), has just five targets over the last five games.
Higgins was not targeted in Thursday's 21-7 win over Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Higgins was moved up to third on the depth chart after the Browns released Antonio Callaway earlier in the day Thursday, but his impact in the game was minimal. Instead, we saw No. 4 wideout KhaDarel Hodge pop up on the radar with a 41-yard catch. Beyond starters Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, the Browns are getting little out of their depth wideouts this season.
Higgins is expected to serve as the Browns' No. 3 receiver for the foreseeable future after the team waived Antonio Callaway on Thursday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: Callaway's dismissal comes after he was a healthy inactive for the Week 11 win over the Bills, a decision that stemmed from the wideout's tardiness leading up to the contest. The benching was just the latest in a string of missteps for the wideout, whose absence against Buffalo allowed Higgins play his most snaps of the season (33). Higgins only drew one target versus the Bills, but he made it count, hauling in the pass for a game-winning seven-yard touchdown on the Browns' final drive. With none of the Browns' other depth wideouts (KhaDarel Hodge, Damion Ratley and Taywan Taylor) seemingly angling for major roles, Higgins should see regular work in three-receiver sets going forward, but he'll rank as little more than a tertiary option while sharing the field with Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry.
Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens responded to inquiries as to why Higgins did not play during during Sunday's loss to Seattle, saying the situation to use him didn't arise, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Analysis: Higgins returned to the active roster for the first time in four weeks, so that may have factored into Kitchen's decision matrix, but it seems odd that a trusted receiver could not get on the field. Higgins developed notable chemistry with quarterback Baker Mayfield and a reputation for knowing where he's supposed to be within the offense. "Last week was [Higgins'] first week truly back [from injury], and I thought Antonio [Callaway] had a good week of practice," Kitchens said. "We were moving the ball with three wides and one tight end. We had a package [with Higgins]. We just didn't use that package. We didn't feel like we needed to." Kitchens may have been thinking back to Week 5 when Antonio Callaway looked rusty after serving a four-game suspension. At any rate, with the Browns on a bye for Week 7 and a season of promise spinning out, expect Higgins to play Week 8 on the road against the Patriots.
Higgins was active but did not get into Sunday's 32-28 loss to the Seahawks in Week 6.
Analysis: Higgins missed the last four games due to a knee injury before suiting up Sunday. The wide receiver was iffy all week, but it was presumed he would play if he was active. Antonio Callaway operated as the Browns' third wide receiver in the loss. With the Browns on a bye Week 7, Higgins will get another two weeks to make sure the knee is ready.
Higgins (knee) is active Week 6 against Seattle.
Analysis: Higgins logged 32 offensive snaps in the season opener, but a knee injury has sidelined him for the last four games. It's unclear exactly what fantasy owners can expect from Higgins, as he'll presumably still be behind Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry in the target pecking order, with Antonio Callaway on hand as well. His return also means fellow wideout Damion Ratley will land on the inactive list as a healthy scratch.
Though Higgins (knee) doesn't carry a Week 6 injury designation, coach Freddie Kitchens didn't commit to the wideout being active Sunday against the Seahawks, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Analysis: Higgins is healthy enough to play, but he's no lock to resume his role as the team's No. 3 receiver behind Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr., now that Antonio Callaway has returned to the mix. Higgins last saw game action in Week 1, when he caught two of his three targets for 46 yards, while seeing action on 31 snaps.
Higgins (knee) increased his workload Thursday, Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site reports.
Analysis: Higgins has missed the last four games, but has been a full participant Wednesday and Thursday and is trending toward being available Sunday against the Seahawks. "Higgins looked better," Kitchens said. "We will see where we are at the end of the week. With some of these things, you just have to see how they are the next day and see how they respond to what they did today from a physical standpoint." The Browns have been hobbled at wideout after starters Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, so his potential return could give quarterback Baker Mayfield another weapon.
Higgins (knee) practiced in full Wednesday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: Higgins was a healthy scratch for Monday's blowout loss to the 49ers due to knee soreness, but he now appears back to full health. The fourth-year pro is on track for Sunday's tilt against the Seahawks, barring any setbacks. He's battling with Antonio Callaway for the Browns' No. 3 receiver job.
Higgins (knee) felt a little sore at the end of last week, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: Given his full participation in Saturday's practice, there was some thought Higgins may have essentially been a healthy scratch for Monday's 31-3 loss to the 49ers. It now sounds like he was held out for medical reasons for a fourth straight game, but that doesn't mean he'll work ahead of Antonio Callaway if he makes it back for Week 6 against Seattle. Callaway had a false start penalty and had a drop-turned-interception in the Monday night loss, but coach Freddie Kitchens said he wants to give the second-year pro another chance. The battle for Cleveland's No. 3 receiver job could continue throughout the year.
Higgins (knee) is inactive for Monday's contest at San Francisco.
Analysis: As expected, Higgins will remain sidelined for a fourth game in a row due to a knee injury. On a positive note, he practiced in full Saturday, so he's closing in on a return to action. Beyond Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, the Browns will turn to the recently reinstated Antonio Callaway and Damion Ratley to round out the receiving corps.
Higgins (knee) isn't expected to be active for Monday's game against the 49ers, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: The 25-year-old is listed as questionable and was a full practice participant Saturday, so this news comes as somewhat of a surprise. Higgins hasn't seen game action since suffering the ankle injury Week 1, when he caught two of three targets for 46 yards. Antonio Callaway is returning from his four-game suspension and should work as the Browns' No. 3 wide receiver, assuming Higgins is inactive.
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