Replace – Rashard Higgins
Rashard Higgins barely played in the first week against the Kansas City Chiefs, only registering 7% of the snaps on offense. That changed in week two after Jarvis Landry got hurt, going in on 70% of the snaps for the offense. Still, he only was targetted twice; making sure to catch both, however.
Higgins may not be the big, speedy receiver that is currently in vogue right now with NFL execs but Higgins just finds the ball. Not only that, but he seemingly is able to do it deep down the field. Of players who were targetted 29 times or more last season, it was Higgins, not anyone else, who led the team in yards per catch.
He finished 2020 with 37 receptions for 599 yards and four touchdowns, quickly becoming one of Baker Mayfield‘s best targets. So far through 2021, in the limited time we’ve seen them together, the magic is still there.
Higgins should be the obvious player to replace Landry in the lineup, and assuming Odell Beckham is healthy, the two starting receivers for the next three weeks (at least) should be Beckham and Higgins.
It’s baffling why Kevin Stefanski has barely utilized Higgins up until this point in the season but here’s hoping the Chicago game will give the man known as Hollywood a chance to show us what he’s capable of.