Fans waiting for Rashard Higgins to breakout are running out of the time, as the Cleveland Browns WR remains an afterthought in the offense.
The fourth-year wideout was supposed to have a breakout year as one of Baker Mayfield‘s favorite targets. Instead, the Colorado State product often looks like an afterthought in an underperforming offense that’s supposedly loaded with weapons.
It’s suspected Higgins has been in the Dawg House stemming from the Browns Week 6 loss to the Seahawks.
Higgins had missed the four games prior to that game, and while he was active for Seattle contest, Cleveland.com’s Terry Pluto wrote he was told Higgins’ knee was still hurting at that point. Higgins injured his knee in the season opener against the Titans.
The Browns even had a package prepared for him, according to Pluto.
Higgins denied the injury was still bothering him and all that did was create the perception there was a divide between he and head coach Freddie Kitchens. Fans were anticipating Higgins to bust out against Seattle, yet he barely got onto the field.
Kitchens insisted the media go “Ask him why he didn’t play,” after being bombarded with questions.
So here the Browns are, entering Week 12 and Higgins is coming off a 29-snap showing against the Steelers where no passes were thrown his way.
The team’s failure to get him going is another indictment on Kitchens as a rookie head coach. While Baker Mayfield may be playing better lately, there are still plenty of players who’ve regressed from a season ago.
Besides Mayfield and Higgins, Greg Robinson and Antonio Callaway, who is no longer here, come to mind. Not to mention, Freddie’s inability to remind us that Odell Beckham Jr. is on the roster remains one of the most puzzling parts of the season.
Higgins had the game winning touchdown catch against the Bills, but if he’s not more a part of the offense now, then it’s unlikely to the soon-to-be free agent will ever get going in 2019.