The Buffalo Bills have reportedly added Stefon Diggs to the wide receiver room, but they aren’t done. As Buffalo Fanatics first reported yesterday, the Bills are interested in former Cleveland Browns wideout Rashard “Hollywood” Higgins. Ryan Talbot confirmed the report today.
Higgins, who turns 26 in October, was a fifth-round selection of Cleveland’s in the 2016 NFL Draft. In his career, he has 76 receptions for 1,016 yards and seven touchdowns. Much of that production came in 2018, where he caught 39 passes for 572 yards and four touchdowns.
Last year, Higgins’s role diminished after the Browns acquired Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. In ten games, Higgins caught four passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. Bills fans will remember that touchdown, as it was the one that ultimately handed Buffalo a 19-16 loss in Cleveland on November 10.
At 6’1” and 198 lbs, Higgins would be among the larger receivers on Buffalo’s roster. He was tremendously productive at Colorado State during his collegiate career, finishing as the school’s all-time leader in receptions (239), receiving yards (3,649), and receiving touchdowns (31). At the NFL Combine in 2016, he ran a below-average 40-yard dash at 4.64 seconds, but he plays a bit faster than that would suggest.
Higgins also was involved in some locker room drama last year. After injuring his knee in the season opener, Higgins was expected to return to play in Week 6 against the Seattle Seahawks. However, he did not play in the game. Cleveland’s coaches alleged that Higgins refused to enter as a substitute. Higgins said he didn’t know why he didn’t play. It was reported that his knee was still bothering him and coaches were trying to rush him back.
The Bills have been active thus far in the free-agency period, and it appears that they aren’t done adding players just yet.