BEREA,Ohio--His nickname is 'Hollywood'.
Rashard Higgins is the most likely candidate to take over in the absence of Corey Coleman, who will miss four to six weeks with a broken hand.
Until Josh Gordon is expected back in Week 5, the Browns receiving corps is made up of Terrelle Pryor, Andrew Hawkins, Ricardo Louis, Jordan Payton and Higgins. Pryor has six receptions this season, but came into this season with one career reception. Hawkins had just three catches in 2015 and has three so far this season, but he does have 182 career receptions.
Higgins is listed behind Hawkins and Coleman on the team's unofficial depth chart, but he has been active in both games. Last week, Higgins had a target on seven offensive snaps, but has yet to make a reception in the regular season. He caught four passes for 33 yards in the preseason, including a 10-yard touchdown pass against Green Bay in the first game.
Payton had two receptions in the preseason for 13 yards, including a long of 10 yards. Louis had no receptions in the preseason as he was held out with a hamstring injury for much of it. Louis was active in the first two games and played on special teams with two plays at wide receiver. Louis played 16 plays on special teams, while Higgins did not play on special teams. Payton was inactive for the first two games.
Louis was the highest of the trio drafted in the fourth-round (114th overall), Payton was drafted in the fifth-round (154th overall) and Higgins in the fifth-round (172nd overall).
Higgins had a very productive collegiate career at Colorado State, catching 239 passes for 3,649 yards (15.3 avg. ) and 31 touchdowns, all career records at Colorado State. In 2014, Higgins led the nation with 1,750 receiving yards on 96 receptions and 17 touchdowns on his way to being named All-American. He caught 75 passes for 1,062 yards and eight touchdowns in 2015.
"They brought me in here for a reason," Higgins said. "I can just do what I can do and showcase my ability."
Higgins said this is the chance he's been waiting for.
"I've been waiting for this (opportunity) for a long time," Higgins said. "Unfortunately, it had to be my boy (Coleman) getting hurt, but I have to step in and do the job and that's what I'm going to do."
Louis caught 98 passes for 1,338 yards (13.7 avg. ) and eight touchdowns at Auburn. In 2015, Louis had 46 receptions for 716 yards with three touchdowns.
"That is what I've been working for," Louis said. "Being a backup and preparing every week like you're going to be a starter. You never know what could happen. Unfortunately, Corey got hurt, but things like that happen and we all have to step up now as receivers."
Payton caught 201 passes for 2,702 yards (13.4 avg. ) and 14 touchdowns in his career at UCLA. HIs best season was 2015 when he had 78 receptions for 1,106 yards and five touchdowns. In 2014, Payton had 67 receptions for 954 yards and seven touchdowns.
Down Five: The Browns were missing five players at practice in WR Corey Coleman (hand), DE Carl Nassib (hand), QB Josh McCown (shoulder), DB Ibraheim Campbell (hamstring) and OL Cameron Erving (chest/lung). DL Stephen Paea (elbow), DL Danny Shelton (knee) and TE Randall Telfer (neck) were all limited on Wednesday and practiced Thursday, as well.
Scooby's Back: The Browns re-signed LB Scooby Wright to the practiced squad after releasing him on Sept. 20. To make room, the Browns released P Michael Palardy from the practice squad. Wright was drafted in the seventh-round and was inactive in the first two games.null