Higgins caught five of seven targets for 47 yards during Sunday's 21-18 loss to the Saints. Though Antonio Callaway drew the start Sunday, Higgins saw three more targets than the rookie and seemed to be favored by quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Higgins figures to play a prominent role in Cleveland's offense now that Josh Gordon (hamstring) is no longer in the picture, so performances like this could become the norm for the 23-year-old. Jarvis Landry is still expected to get the bulk of the targets, but Higgins -- a former fifth-round draft choice -- could be in line to finally have a breakout season.
Higgins hauled in one pass (four targets) for 38 yards during Sunday's 21-21 draw with the Steelers. Higgins was on the field for 61 percent of Cleveland's offensive snaps, making him the clear No. 3 receiver behind Jarvis Landry and Josh Gordon and ahead of rookie Antonio Callaway. The third-year wideout caught only one pass, but it went for 38 yards after Higgins beat his defender on a go-route. With Landry and Gordon expected to dominate the target share, it'll be interesting to see how involved Higgins remains going forward.
Higgins brought in both of his targets for 27 yards in Thursday's 5-0 preseason win over the Eagles. Higgins -- who's battling for a roster spot -- has made a strong impression thus far in the preseason. Through three games, the 23-year-old has eight catches for 113 yards, including four receptions for 66 yards during the exhibition opener. Rookie wideout Antonio Callaway (groin) currently has the leg up for the third receiver spot, but Higgins has a relatively good shot at making the team in a depth role.
Higgins opened the preseason with four catches for 66 yards on five targets in Thursday's 20-10 win over the Giants. Higgins got plenty of work with the starters in the absence of fellow wide receiver Josh Gordon (personal). Higgins caught back-to-back passes of six and 21 yards from Tyrod Taylor on Cleveland's second possession, then added receptions of 26 and 13 yards courtesy of Baker Mayfield later in the first half. The 23-year-old wide receiver capped last season with a two-touchdown performance in Week 17, and Higgins could still earn significant reps opposite Gordon on the outside this year, as free-agent acquisition Jarvis Landry does most of his work in the slot.
Higgins was on the field for 57 percent of the team's offensive snaps but wasn't targeted during Sunday's 19-10 loss to the Chargers. Higgins has officially supplanted Ricardo Louis on the depth chart, as he once again played a plethora of more snaps Sunday. Still, despite playing over 50 percent of the plays on offense, DeShone Kizer never looked his way. Most of Kizer's targets were directed toward Josh Gordon, and it may be tough sledding for Higgins going forward.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/21||New York Jets||17||24.00|
|6||10/14||Los Angeles Chargers||22||27.00|
|7||10/21||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23||28.00|
|9||11/04||Kansas City Chiefs||29||32.00|
|3 Year Avg||32||16||194||1||9||12.12||25|