Higgins caught of one of two targets for 13 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 38-7 loss to the Steelers.
Higgins was on the receiving end of Cleveland's lone score late in the first half, but the team was unable to build on the momentum in the second half. It was the second consecutive week with a touchdown for Higgins, who has taken over as the No. 3 wideout after KhaDarel Hodge (hamstring) landed on injured reserve.
Higgins caught all three of his targets for 31 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 32-23 win over Indianapolis.
The Browns got an unexpected contribution from Higgins, who was active for the first time in three weeks. After a scant 21 snaps over the first two games, Higgins had 40 on Sunday, serving as the team's No. 3 wideout with KhaDarel Hodge (hamstring) on injured reserve. Hodge's injury, coupled with a Nick Chubb knee injury that forces Kareem Hunt into a more traditional lead back role, could lead to a larger workload for the Browns' third wide receiver. Rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones, who played 33 snaps last week while Higgins was inactive, was limited to just one snap on offense Sunday.
Browns offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt said Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones are likely to share the third wide receiver spot in Sunday's game against the Colts, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
The Browns placed KhaDarel Hodge (hamstring) on injured reserve earlier this week, so they will need Higgins -- who was inactive the last two weeks -- to help fill the void. Higgins played just 21 offensive snaps over the first two weeks of the season before landing on the inactive list in consecutive games.
The Browns could keep Higgins active for Sunday's game against the Colts, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Higgins has been inactive the last two weeks, but there should be an opportunity for him to play Sunday after No. 3 wideout KhaDarel Hodge (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. Currently listed as the backup to Jarvis Landry on the team's unofficial depth chart, Higgins could be the next man up to step into Hodge's role. After Hodge injured his hamstring during pregame warmups in the Browns' Week 4 win over the Cowboys, rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones -- who replaced JoJo Natson (knee) as the primary returner -- filled in as the third wideout. Peoples-Jones failed to draw any targets across his 33 offensive snaps, however, which could prompt the coaching staff to limit the rookie mainly to returning duties Week 5, leaving Higgins available to handle more work alongside Landry and Odell Beckham.
Higgins is a healthy scratch for the Week 4 matchup against Dallas.
Higgins saw just 21 snaps in the first two weeks of the season before serving as a healthy scratch for the first time in Week 3. It appears he isn't any closer to seeing the field, especially given the emergence of KhaDarel Hodge and his role on special teams. Even rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones will be on the active roster this week, as the team looks to make up for the absence of JoJo Natson (knee, IR).
Higgins remains a trusted member of the roster despite having played just 21 snaps over the first three games, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. "Higgins has been outstanding in all areas," receivers coach Chad O'Shea said. "He's worked extremely hard. He's playing in multiple positions for us on the practice field. He's been very professional in everything that he's done with us."
Higgins played 16 snaps Week 1, then five snaps Week 2 before last week's inactive designation. The minimized playing time and role is due to the emergence of KhaDarel Hodge, who is a gunner on special teams and can fill multiple spots on a gameday roster. Higgins may be part of the active roster Week 4 against Dallas. JoJo Natson (knee) was placed on injured reserve and Kareem Hunt (groin) is questionable heading into Sunday's road game.
Higgins (coach's decision) is inactive for the Week 3 matchup against Washington.
Things had been trending in this direction for Higgins, who did not see a target and played just five snaps Week 2 against Cincinnati. Since he doesn't see much time on special teams either, the Browns ultimately elected to have him take a seat. Cleveland will proceed with Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry, KhaDarel Hodge and JoJo Natson as the receivers on the active roster.
Higgins played just five snaps and went untargeted in Thursday's 35-30 win over the Bengals in Week 2.
The Browns cranked up their running game Thursday, which meant more playing time for fullback Andy Janovich and multiple tight end sets. Higgins, who played 16 snaps in the opener, is behind Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry and KhaDarel Hodge on the depth chart.
Higgins caught his lone target for nine yards and played 16 snaps (22 percent) in Sunday's 38-6 loss to the Ravens in Week 1.
As speculated during training camp, running back Kareem Hunt was the de facto No. 3 wide receiver, but Higgins was fourth among the position group in snaps. He finished behind KhaDarel Hodge, a special teams gunner who impressed while working with the first-team offense in training camp. It's hard to draw many conclusions from Week 1's results as Cleveland was taken out of its offense early.
Higgins is expected to make the 53-man roster after the team waived Damion Ratley and Taywan Taylor, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports.
This hardly feels like news considering Higgins always seemed like the frontrunner for the No. 3 job ahead of Ratley, Taylor and 2020 sixth-round pick Donovan Peoples-Jones. Still, confirmation can be important, particularly with Higgins slated for work in three wide-receiver sets. How often those sets happen remains the major question mark, particularly with coach Kevin Stefanski expected to implement a bevy of 12 personnel into his play calling.
Higgins caught two touchdown passes in red-zone drills during Thursday's practice, Mary Kay Cabot and Joshua Gunter of the Cleveland Plain Dealer report.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield is feeling better about the offense as it moves from installation to improvement. Mayfield and Higgins were a productive combination in 2018, but the receiver was devalued in last season's offense, mostly by then-head coach Freddie Kitchens. He's made an early leap ahead of others vying to be the third wideout.
Higgins has impressed offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt in the competition to become the No. 3 wide receiver, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Other than drafting Donovan Peoples-Jones in the sixth round of the 2020 draft, the Browns didn't do much to upgrade their receiving corps behind Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry during the offseason, giving returnees like Higgins a chance to make their mark. "Higgins has stepped up," Van Pelt said. "He really has been impressive with his ability to finish plays. He battles right to the end in the run game and the pass game, he's getting better each day." Ultimately, the No. 3 wideout may not matter all that much on the Browns. Running back Kareem Hunt is expected to operate partially as a slot receiver, while a tight end group bolstered by the addition of Austin Hooper is expected to see an uptick in targets.
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.
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.
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 the position 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.
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 Higgins 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 sense 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.
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 saw one snap on special teams and zero on offense in Sunday's 38-24 loss to the Cardinals.
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, and, barring an injury, there's little hope he'll find his way out over the last two games.
Coach Freddie Kitchens gave no assurances that Higgins' playing time would increase Sunday in Arizona after the wideout didn't log an offensive snap in the Week 14 win over the Bengals, Nate Ulrich and Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal report. "Everything we're looking for. He knows. We know," Kitchens said, when asked what Higgins needs to do to play more.
In the middle of the season, Higgins reclaimed his spot as the Browns' third wide receiver following a multi-week absence due to a sprained MCL in his knee, so it was surprisingly that he was excluded from the game plan entirely in Week 14. Prior reports have indicated that Higgins and Kitchens clashed about whether the wideout was healthy enough to return earlier in the season, but it's unclear if that earlier discord had anything to do with Higgins' absence on offense against the Bengals. In any case, Higgins doesn't appear to be a lock to reclaim a regular role in three-receiver formations in Arizona this weekend. Damion Ratley and KhaDarel Hodge look like better bets to see snaps alongside Jarvis Landry (hip) and Odell Beckham (groin).
Higgins played one snap on special teams and zero on offense in Sunday's 27-19 win over the Bengals.
The fourth-year receiver's slow fade from the offense became complete Sunday. He was initially expected to become the No. 3 wide receiver following the release of Antonio Callaway, but Higgins' involvement in game plans has been minimal. Since his return from a knee injury in Week 8, Higgins has just two catches on eight targets for nine yards. The Browns have been content to use running back Kareem Hunt as a secondary target behind Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham, and tight end David Njoku is now back in the mix as well. Damion Ratley (16 snaps) and KhaDarrel Hodge (13) have moved ahead of Higgins on the depth chart at wideout.
Higgins did not catch any of his three targets in Sunday's 20-13 loss to Pittsburgh.
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 an option in the passing game. In the four games since Hunt joined the lineup, he's caught 20 of 25 targets compared to one of five for Higgins.
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