Higgins caught all four of his passes for 34 yards during Saturday's 21-18 preseason win over the Colts.
Higgins didn't quite match his explosive performance from a week ago, but he still led the team in catches and finished second in receiving yardage. He is expected to begin the season as the team's No. 3 wideout with Antonio Callaway suspended, so his integration into the offense is a pleasant development for the organization. Higgins should get his share of looks alongside the first and second units Friday against the Buccaneers.
Higgins could see added work out of the gate this season, with Antonio Callaway set to serve a four-game suspension, Scott Patsko of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Higgins and Callaway had been competing for the team's No. 3 receiver role behind Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, so there's now a path for Higgins to see added targets early on. He still profiles as a hit-or-miss fantasy option, but if either Beckham or Landry (who both command plenty of targets) miss time, there's some upside to be had in Cleveland's Baker Mayfield led passing attack. Additionally, fellow receivers Jaelen Strong, Derrick Willies and even Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi could see added opportunities as a result of Callaway's looming absence.
Higgins caught five of six targets for 98 yards and a touchdown during Thursday's 30-10 win over Washington.
Higgins did the bulk of his damage with Drew Stanton at quarterback, but made his biggest play to cap of Cleveland's opening drive -- a 24-yard strike up the seam from Baker Mayfield for the Browns' first score. Cleveland sat its top targets Thursday, but this kind of exposure early on in the preseason can pay dividends on a team that figures to rely heavily on the pass in 2019.
Higgins re-signed with the Browns, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Higgins had an opportunity to field offer sheets from other teams, but it seems the original-round restricted free agent tender was enough to limit interest in the 2016 fifth-round selection. He now figures to battle Antonio Callaway for the team's No. 3 receiver job, with both players coming off a strong finish to 2018. It'll be tough to find consistent target volume in an offense led by Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry, David Njoku, Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson, but the impressive collection of talent should at least create more scoring opportunities to go around.
Higgins is part of an upgraded Cleveland offense that added wide receiver Odell Beckham and tight end Demetrius Harris earlier this week, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
With Beckham and Jarvis Landry presumably playing the vast majority of snaps, Higgins likely will need to compete with Antonio Callaway for the No. 3 receiver job in a loaded offense. Higgins rode a strong finish to career-high marks across the board in 2018, notably holding huge advantages over Callaway for both catch rate (73.6 to 54.4) and yards per target (10.8 to 7.4). To be fair, Callaway was a 21-year-old rookie, and much like Higgins, he improved throughout the season. With both players still on rookie contracts, the Browns shouldn't feel much pressure to make a trade, though it could make sense if they receiver a generous offer for either Higgins or Callaway. Given the wealth of talent elsewhere on the roster, it'll be tough for Cleveland's No. 3 receiver to draw more than 3-5 targets per game.
The Browns extended a tender to Higgins on Friday, Andrew Gribble of the team's official site reports.
It's unclear which of the tenders (first-, second- or original-round) was given to Higgins, but the Browns will have the right to match any offer that he receives as a restricted free agent. He fared well working with Baker Mayfield for most of the 2018 season, when he gathered in 39 of his 53 targets for 572 yards and four touchdowns. Such production should help Higgins cultivate interest on the open market.
General manager John Dorsey indicated he will place a contract tender on Higgins before the receiver can hit free agency this offseason, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
While Dorsey didn't say which level of tender he will place upon Higgins, the point is that Higgins isn't going anywhere in 2019. The wideout should remain the team's fourth receiving option behind Jarvis Landry, Antonio Callaway and tight end David Njoku.
Higgins, an impending restricted free agent, said he wants to stay in Cleveland long term, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
The 2016 fifth-round pick took a big step forward alongside Baker Mayfield this past season, notching career-high marks for catches (39), targets (53), yards (573) and touchdowns (four) as well as yards per reception (14.7) and yards per target (10.8). Higgins did his damage in just 13 games, with his workload peaking over the final two weeks of the season (86 snaps, 13 targets, 10 catches). It will be interesting to see how the Browns approach the wideout position this offseason, considering they also have Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway under contract and have already expressed interest in re-signing Breshad Perriman. Given how well the group played late in the season, Cleveland likely will devote its plethora of cap space to other positions in free agency, though a splash move at wide receiver can't totally be ruled out. Higgins' status as a restricted free agent should keep him Cleveland for at least one more season even if there's no progress on a long-term agreement.
Higgins caught four of six targets for 86 yards during Sunday's 26-24 loss to the Ravens.
Higgins put together the best season of his young career in 2018, posting career bests in receptions, yards and touchdowns despite sitting out three games. He finished fifth on the team with 39 receptions and is set to become a restricted free agent this offseason. The Browns will want to place as many offensive weapons around Baker Mayfield as possible, so it will be interesting to see what the team does with Higgins in terms of tendering him.
Higgins caught six of seven targets for 60 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 26-18 win over the Bengals.
Higgins extended Cleveland's lead to three scores late in the third quarter when he took a pass over the middle and stiff-armed his way to a 17-yard touchdown. The game marked a season high for catches for Higgins, who had topped 30 yards in a game just once in his previous six games. He has been relatively effective as a scoring target, with four touchdowns in his last eight games. The season concludes next Sunday against a top five Ravens pass defense.
Higgins recorded two catches on three targets for 30 yards during Sunday's 17-16 win over the Broncos.
Higgins surpassed his career high in catches in the second quarter when he came down with pass from Baker Mayfield. The third-year wideout has a reception in every game he's played in this season and has turned into a reliable depth option for the Browns.
Higgins caught two of three targets for 19 yards during Sunday's 26-20 win over the Panthers. He also lost a fumble.
Higgins played exactly half of Cleveland's offensive snaps, though his involvement remained limited. His longest catch of the day went for a 15-yard gain when Baker Mayfield found him open in the second quarter. Higgins has three touchdowns over his last six games, though Saturday's game against the Broncos will prove a tough matchup for the third-year wideout.
Higgins caught each of his four targets for 62 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 29-13 loss to the Texans.
Higgins played 33 of 57 snaps (58 percent) on offense, essentially splitting the No. 3 receiver role with Breshad Perriman, who caught two of six targets for 26 yards across 26 snaps (46 percent). Neither player poses much of a threat to Jarvis Landry or Antonio Callaway heading into a favorable Week 14 matchup with the downtrodden Carolina defense.
Higgins caught one of three targets for 24 yards during Sunday's 35-20 win over the Bengals.
Higgins played just 20 offensive snaps Sunday, as Breshad Perriman seems to have jumped over him on the depth chart. The third-year wideout from Colorado State has been productive when he healthy, though he has just two catches over the past three weeks due to his decrease in playing time.
Higgins caught a 28-yard touchdown pass with his lone target during Sunday's 28-16 win over Atlanta.
Higgins put the Browns on the board in the closing minutes of the first quarter, running a deep post and skying for a 28-yard touchdown. Higgins has missed time with a knee injury this season but has scored twice in his last three outings. Sunday showed some improvement in Cleveland's offense under new coordinator Freddie Kitchens and, in an offense without much in the way of proven targets, Higgins figures to benefit. Following the bye, the Browns take on the Bengals' bottom-rated pass defense -- surrendering a whopping 313 yards per game.
Higgins played 29 of 75 offensive snaps (39 percent) and caught three of four targets for 19 yards during Sunday's 37-21 loss to the Chiefs.
Higgins made his return after a three-game absence with an MCL sprain, though it appears the Browns were careful about overworking him during his first game back. Antonio Callaway acted as Cleveland's No. 2 receiver, though that could change if new head coach Gregg Williams and offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens favor the veteran over the rookie. In six games, Higgins has 19 receptions for 263 yards and a touchdown.
Higgins (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
Higgins is out there if you need him in his return from a three-game absence, but he's a speculative fantasy play until he re-proves his health. In the coming weeks though, there's an opportunity for him claim a key role in the Cleveland offense behind top option Jarvis Landry, given Callaway's sporadic production to date.
Higgins (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, but the Browns believe he'll be able to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
After missing three games with the MCL sprain, Higgins returned to practice Thursday in limited fashion and repeated that activity Friday. While the Browns would have ideally wanted Higgins to put in a full practice before returning to game action, the receiver apparently looked good during his time on the field this week when media was present, per Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. Cleveland is also optimistic that Antonio Callaway (ankle) will be able to shake off his own injury to play Sunday, which would keep all of the team's top five wideouts available.
Higgins (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Whereas fellow wideout Antonio Callaway (ankle) is trending in the wrong direction after not practicing Friday and earning a questionable designation for the Week 9 matchup, Higgins "looks good to go after missing three games," per Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. If Callaway is out this weekend, Higgins -- if active -- would likely draw the start at receiver opposite Jarvis Landry, according to Petrak. In the five games he's played this season, Higgins has caught 16 of 22 targets for 244 yards and a touchdown. He'll be a speculative fantasy play until he proves his health, but there's an opportunity for him claim a key role in the Cleveland offense, given Callaway's injury and sporadic production to date.
Higgins (knee) suited up for Friday's practice, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Higgins was unable to practice Wednesday, but it looks like he'll get some work in for the second day in a row, giving him a chance to return to action this weekend after sitting out the last three games. He could play a key role if he is able to play Sunday, as fellow wideout Antonio Callaway could be either limited or sidelined due to an ankle injury he picked up at Thursday's practice.
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