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Rashard Higgins put his skills on display in Cleveland's preseason opener

By Cameron Pezet
Aug 12, 2019

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With Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry sitting out of the Cleveland Brownspreseason opener last Thursday, it’s no surprise that fourth-year wideout Rashard Higgins came through with a strong performance. We highlighted the potential of the talented young Browns’ receiving corps this past offseason, and it appears Higgins has picked up right where he left off.

The 24-year-old left his mark on Thursday’s opener by catching five-of-six targets for 98 yards and a touchdown, earning a 77.8 receiving grade. Higgins capped off an excellent opening drive for the Browns by hauling in a 24-yard touchdown strike in traffic from Baker Mayfield. The connection between Mayfield and Higgins on the opening drive is a direct result of chemistry built between the two last season.  When Mayfield threw his way in 2018, Higgins averaged a healthy 2.01 yards per route run and generated a 126.9 passer rating when targeted.

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