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Rashard Higgins on pace to be No. 3 receiver for the Browns

Rashard Higgins, Browns

The Cleveland Browns have high expectations for this season. General manager John Dorsey added huge players like wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and pass-rusher Olivier Vernon. Second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield is poised to take a step forward after an amazing rookie year.

But all the star power on the team means nothing without a strong cast of supporting players. The Browns look to have found a strong role player in receiver Rashard Higgins. Higgins is set to take the third wide receiver spot after fellow pass-catcher Antonio Calloway was suspended.

Higgins played a fair amount last year, and posted some decent stats. He caught 39 balls for 572 yards and four scores. The former Colorado State receiver isn’t particularly strong or fast, but his route-running is deceptively good. Him and Mayfield have a strong rapport, and it has been helping Higgins impress teammates all through camp, especially starting receiver Jarvis Landry.

“He made a lot of plays last year that I can still remember. He made plays out there today. He’s been making plays throughout training camp, he’s definitely a guy that’s going to have to help us. And he’s going to make plays and we trust and know that and if Baker has the trust in him, he has the confidence in himself to be able to make the plays when he’s called.” Landry said, according to Scott Petrak of Browns Zone.

Cleveland has a strong overall roster and some star players. The expectations are sky-high, and an improved receiving corps will help the Browns reach those expectations.