Rashard “Hollywood” Higgins was the fourth of four wide receivers drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 2016 Draft after Corey Coleman, Ricardo Louis and Jordan Payton. Higgins is the only one left on the Browns’ active roster. The 6’1” and 198 lbs. wide receiver is originally from Texas. However, as his nickname suggests, he is flashy (in a good way) like the bright lights of Hollywood.
In Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, Higgins played extremely well before exiting with a knee injury. He caught three passes for a season-high 66 yards and he scored the only touchdown of the game in a 12 – 9 Browns victory. On the season, he has 16 receptions for 244 yards and the one touchdown. To show how clutch Higgins has been this season, of his 16 catches, 11 have resulted in the Browns getting a first down and one resulted in a touchdown, which means that 75% of his catches are impact plays.
It is no surprise that his statistics have improved since the trade of Josh Gordon as well as the change in quarterback from Tyrod Taylor to Baker Mayfield. Both of these events put Higgins in a position to make big plays as well as the fact that his route running has improved every year that he has been in the NFL. Playing alongside Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway, Higgins will continue to have opportunities to play at the high level he is this season.
On Monday, Higgins had an MRI on his knee and it was revealed he has a sprained MCL. He is listed as week-to-week. While all Browns fans are hopeful that he will be healthy for next week’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers, it is best to make sure he is at full strength before returning to the field. Whenever he is back, look for him to continue to make big plays.