BALTIMORE — **A day after he was called back up to the active roster, Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins had the biggest game of his NFL career.
Higgins, a fifth-round pick in 2016 who was waived on cut-down day, caught seven passes for 95 yards on 11 targets in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Ravens.
On a day when Cleveland was undone by five turnovers, penalties and other untimely miscues, Higgins — signed to the team's practice squad earlier this month — and his unexpected display was something of a bright spot.
"He made some plays. That's why we elevated him. I needed him," head coach Hue Jackson said in his postgame news conference.
Higgins, who set career highs in receptions and receiving yards Sunday, surpassed last season's production — six catches for 77 yards — in one afternoon. "My number was called and I have to just make my plays," he said. "When the ball came to me I just made plays."
When the Browns parted ways with him in curating their 53-man roster, the former Colorado State standout described it as "the worst feeling ever." Though he could've signed elsewhere, he said Cleveland's front office still saw potential in him.
"The people upstairs still believed in me. When I was on the [practice squad], I worked every day like I was on the 53," he said. "I just kept working and moving forward."
With Sunday's performance, Higgins, who's part of a young receivers room in search of playmakers, might have earned himself a bigger role in Cleveland's offense.
"Rashard showed his worth," Jackson said, "He played some good football."