Higgins was targeted a whopping 15 times in Sunday's Week 7 win over the Ravens, amounting in seven catches for 62 yards.
Analysis: Many of Higgins's targets came early in the game, and that might have had a role in freeing up C.J. Uzomah and Ja'Marr Chase for big plays later on. Higgins hasn't yet had a big game - the 62 yards were a season-high, and he has only two touchdowns on the season. But the target share and air yards he's racked up suggest a big game is coming soon.
Oct 26, 2021 3:40 PM EST
Higgins secured three of six targets for 44 yards in the Bengals' 34-11 win over the Lions on Sunday.
Analysis: Higgins was a distant second behind Ja'Marr Chase in terms of wideout receptions and receiving yardage despite logging the same number of targets. However, the second-year wideout turned in a solid performance when factoring in the fact Joe Burrow distributed the ball to eight different pass catchers overall. Higgins will look to eclipse 50 receiving yards for the first time since Week 2 when the Bengals tangle with the Ravens on the road in Week 7.
Oct 17, 2021 3:28 PM EST
Higgins caught five of seven targets for 32 yards in Sunday's 25-22 overtime loss to the Packers. He also hauled in a successful two-point conversion.
Analysis: Higgins was utilized on underneath routes in his first appearance since Week 2. Although he had a drop late in the fourth quarter, Higgins still placed second across the board in receiving for the Bengals. The second-year target also tied the game with a two-point conversion grab in the fourth, boosting his output a bit. Higgins will now strive to build on Sunday's return with a good showing in Week 6 versus the winless Lions.
Oct 10, 2021 4:28 PM EST
Higgins (shoulder) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Packers after returning to a full practice Friday.
Analysis: Meanwhile, Ben Baby of ESPN.com relays via coach Zac Taylor that Higgins has looked good in practice all week, which sets the stage for the 2020 second-rounder to return from a two-game absence this weekend. Prior to suffering his shoulder injury, Higgins hauled in 10 of his 15 targets for 118 yards and two TDs in two contests. In his looming return, Higgins will re-join Ja'Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd atop the Bengals' WR depth chart in Week 5, and assuming no setbacks, he should see enough targets in the process to merit fantasy lineup consideration.
Oct 8, 2021 12:54 PM EST
Higgins (shoulder) is participating at Friday's practice, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Analysis: Higgins was a limited participant at practice Wednesday and Thursday, and it's a good sign to see him on the field again Friday. The 22-year-old has missed the past two games with the shoulder injury but appears on track to retake the field Sunday against the Packers, though it's unclear whether or not he'll avoid the questionable tag.
Oct 8, 2021 8:34 AM EST
Higgins (shoulder) remained limited at practice Thursday, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Higgins has missed two straight games, but his participation in consecutive practices, albeit in a limited fashion, have him trending toward a return to action Sunday against the Packers. With that in mind, Higgins will presumably need to upgrade to full participation Friday in order to avoid a Week 5 injury designation.
Oct 7, 2021 1:38 PM EST
Higgins (shoulder) was a limited participant Wednesday in his return to practice, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: It puts Higgins tentatively on track for a return this Sunday against the Packers. That would be in line with a Sept. 30 report from Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, in which it was reported that the Bengals planned to have Higgins back for Week 5 after he missed Weeks 3 and 4. Injury reports Thursday and Friday still need to be watched closely, as Higgins' return is no foregone conclusion at this early stage.
Oct 6, 2021 1:52 PM EST
Higgins (shoulder) will practice Wednesday, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.
Analysis: It remains to be seen if Higgins, who has missed two straight games, is listed as a full or limited participant in his return to practice Wednesday, but at this stage the wideout is trending toward a return to action Sunday against the Packers.
Oct 6, 2021 10:04 AM EST
The Bengals are planning on having Higgins (shoulder) available for their Week 5 game against the Packers on Oct. 10, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Higgins has already been ruled out ahead of Thursday's home game against the Jaguars, marking his second straight absence on account of the sore shoulder. The second-year receiver might have had an outside chance to play if the Bengals were hosting the Jaguars on Sunday, but the quick turnaround for the Week 4 contest didn't provide Higgins with enough time to get healthy. Higgins should benefit from the longer break before the matchup with the Packers, but he may still need to return to full practice by the end of next week in order to avoid the inactive list once again.
Sep 30, 2021 1:45 PM EST
Higgins (shoulder) won't play Thursday night against the Jaguars, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: With Higgins slated to miss his second straight game, Ja'Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd will continue to head Cincinnati's pass-catching corps Thursday, while Auden Tate and Mike Thomas are next in line to absorb Higgins' snaps. The 2020 second-rounder will now target a potential return to action in the Bengals' Week 5 contest, Oct. 10 versus the Packers.
Sep 29, 2021 12:39 PM EST
Higgins (shoulder) was listed as a non-participant in Tuesday's practice, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Higgins underwent an evaluation Tuesday to determine the extent of his injury, and it appears he didn't receive encouraging news. The 22-year-old wideout was marked as DNP for the second straight game. He's trending in the wrong direction ahead of Thursday's home matchup against the Jaguars. If Higgins sits out, Ja'Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd will serve as Joe Burrow's top receiving options.
Sep 28, 2021 5:11 PM EST
Higgins (shoulder) wasn't dressed during the part of Tuesday's practice open to the media, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Higgins appears poised to go down as a non-participant on a second straight injury report, after he was listed as DNP on Monday's practice estimate. The Bengals will reveal as much in the near future, but it seems as if the evaluation that coach Zac Taylor said Higgins would undergo on his shoulder issue Tuesday didn't yield positive results.
Sep 28, 2021 3:48 PM EST
Higgins (shoulder) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's practice estimate, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Higgins will be reevaluated Tuesday after missing last week's win over the Steelers, but he'll be fighting an uphill battle as he tries to avoid a second consecutive absence on a short week. If the 2020 second-round pick is cleared to return, he'll face a Jacksonville secondary that will be without CJ Henderson, whom the Jaguars traded to Carolina on Monday.
Sep 27, 2021 1:06 PM EST
Higgins (shoulder) will be evaluated Tuesday to determine his status for Thursday's Week 4 matchup against the Jaguars, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.
Analysis: Higgins was held out of Sunday's win over the Steelers due to a shoulder injury, and his status for Week 4 is in question with the Bengals facing a short week. The 22-year-old's status will likely come into focus based on his status in practice this week, but Ja'Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd will continue to lead Cincinnati's receiving corps if Higgins is forced to miss a second straight game.
Sep 27, 2021 10:33 AM EST
Higgins (shoulder) is inactive for Sunday's game in Pittsburgh, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.
Analysis: Higgins was listed as doubtful after managing just one practice - LP on Friday - throughout the week. His absence leaves Ja'Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd as clear leaders of the Cincinnati pass-catching corps, while Mike Thomas and Auden Tate are the lead candidates to absorb Higgins' snaps. The second-year pro will try to make it back for Week 4, but he faces a challenge with Cincinnati hosting Jacksonville in the Thursday game.
Sep 26, 2021 8:40 AM EST
Higgins (shoulder) isn't expected to play Sunday against the Steelers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Higgins officially is listed as doubtful after a limited practice Friday represented his only participation of the week. Coach Zac Taylor did suggest the Bengals would re-evaluate Higgins over the weekend, but there's no real expectation that he'll have improved enough to play. Ja'Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd will lead the Cincinnati receiving corps this week, backed by Auden Tate and/or Mike Thomas filling in for the injured Higgins.
Sep 26, 2021 5:23 AM EST
Higgins (shoulder) officially is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game at Pittsburgh, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Higgins made some progress by following up no activity Wednesday and Thursday with a limited session Friday, but the Bengals don't appear too optimistic about his status for Week 3. During media availability Friday, coach Zac Taylor told Ben Baby of ESPN.com that pain tolerance will be the key for Higgins potentially getting to play Sunday. "We'll try to give him every second we can give him before he tells us one way or the other," Taylor said. As a result, the final decision on Higgins' availability may not come until 90 minutes before Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.
Sep 24, 2021 12:38 PM EST
Higgins (shoulder) is in line to be listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Steelers, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: With that, it looks like Higgins is trending toward Week 3 inactive status. If he ends up ruled out versus Pittsburgh, added looks would be available for Ja'Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd, while either Auden Tate or Mike Thomas would be in line to log complementary WR snaps in Cincinnati's passing game.
Sep 24, 2021 9:38 AM EST
Higgins (shoulder) is suited up for Friday's practice, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Higgins sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday, so it's a good sign to see him back on the field Friday, even if he's only a limited participant. It remains unclear whether the 22-year-old will be able to avoid an injury designation, but he should have a chance to play Sunday at Pittsburgh.
Sep 24, 2021 8:21 AM EST
Higgins (shoulder) remained sidelined at practice Thursday, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.
Analysis: Back-to-back DNP's to start the week puts the focus on what, if anything, Higgins is able to do at practice Friday. If he's out or limited this weekend, more WR targets would be freed up for Ja'Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd, while either Auden Tate or Mike Thomas would be candidates to see added complementary snaps in Cincinnati's Week 3 passing game.
Sep 23, 2021 1:37 PM EST
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