Rashard Higgins is not lacking in confidence as the Browns continue training camp.
The Browns are in the middle of training camp and unless you’re a New York Giants fan (that poor Daniel Jones) there’s generally not a lot to talk about during this time period. It’s mostly guys looking good in drills they’re supposed to look good in. It’s very non-newsworthy. “So-and-so looked good today in drills”. Yeah, he’s supposed to. Riveting stuff. So thank the football gods for Rashard Higgins.
Higgins, who’s either third or fourth on the Browns depth chart depending on who you ask, had a nice bounce-back year in 2020, filling in for Odell Beckham. He filled in so well that many think his play coupled with the young receivers on the roster, could see the Browns move on from Beckham and not miss a beat. That might be true, considering the Browns played their best football without him last year.
Part of the reason he has found success is his chemistry with Baker Mayfield, who he’s very complimentary of and gives a lot of credit towards, telling the press (via Cleveland.com’s Dan Labbe) on Tuesday;
"Me and Baker, we’ve got a good connection with each other. He’s my boy. We’re just out here playing backyard football at times."
His return-to-form-year in 2020 also has many people wanting to see more from Higgins, the man nicknamed “Hollywood”. He’s clearly shown to have what it takes to make plays, and he’s well aware of that. He told reporters (via Cleveland.com’s Dan Labbe);
"When you need a play, man, you call God, and then you can call me."
Rashard Higgins bravado is why he’s the real Hollywood in the AFC North
You kind of have to be a big personality if you’re an NFL wide receiver. It’s like assuming all quarterbacks are leaders or all kickers played soccer. Higgins has a big personality but Browns fans can attest to the fact that Higgins has backed it up all the time.
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It’s why his nickname of “Hollywood” is so accurate to his style of play and the manner in which he carries himself. Making him the one and true “Hollywood” of the AFC North. Sure, there might be a pretender to the throne, but Higgins was a huge part in why the Browns got to the playoffs last year and continues to be one of Mayfield’s best targets.
The chemistry the two men have is crackling because of how electric it is. There’s a trust he has in Higgins that isn’t the same as the other pass-catchers. Maybe that’s because Higgins and Mayfield appear to be close friends, maybe they just like the same type of routes to run. Who knows?
What is clear is that there isn’t a single soul in the AFC North that can lay claim to a nickname more sincerely than Higgins. He even has the red carpet strut and his own personal paparazzi waiting for him after each touchdown.
Who else can say that?