Tee Higgins

Tee Higgins

25-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Cincinnati Bengals
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Higgins finished an injury-plagued 2023 with career lows in nearly every major receiving category, missing five games and playing less than 70 percent of snaps in four others. He's in high demand this offseason all the same, with Cincinnati giving the 25-year-old a franchise tag for $21.8 million and then holding firm against a trade request. Reports in late March suggest the Bengals are at least willing to listen to offers -- though they won't actively shop Higgins -- perhaps opening the door for a deal if a receiver-needy team like New England or Carolina is willing to overpay. The Bengals' stance is understandable given that Higgins averaged 71.7 catches for 1,009 yards and 6.3 TDs over 15.3 games in his first three seasons after entering the league as a second-round pick. He was also highly productive at Clemson, where he had 2,103 yards and 25 TD catches between his age-19 and age-20 seasons. While not especially fast (4.54 40 at his pro day), Higgins is one of the league's bigger receivers (6-4, 216) and one of the best at winning jump balls downfield. He's also quite useful on short and intermediate routes, though his target rate dropped to around 20 percent of routes the past two years with Ja'Marr Chase gobbling up a huge share of the short passes. Higgins drew targets on 23.4 percent of routes in 2021 when Chase was deployed more as a deep threat, finishing with a still-career-high 110 targets despite missing three games. While other players drafted in the same range offer more volume upside, Higgins has never produced less than 8.4 YPT in a season and should best last year's mark of 8.6 if he and QB Joe Burrow both manage to stay relatively healthy. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $8.69 million contract with the Bengals in July of 2020.
Not attending minicamp
WRCincinnati Bengals
June 11, 2024
Higgins hasn't signed his franchise tag and isn't attending June minicamp, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
ANALYSIS
Higgins would need to sign the tag before practicing and can't be fined while he's technically not under contract. He reportedly asked for a trade in March, but in April he told reporters that he expected to play for the Bengals this season. There's a July 15 deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign long-term contracts.
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How do Tee Higgins' 2023 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
81.9
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.79
 
% Team Air Yards
26.6%
 
% Team Targets
12.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
12.8 Yds
 
Catch Rate
55.3%
 
Drop Rate
10.5%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.7
 
% Targeted On Route
19.4%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.68
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Tee Higgins' measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 4"
 
Weight
219 lbs
 
Hand Length
9.25 in
 
Arm Length
34.13 in
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Pivotal '24 season upcoming
WRCincinnati Bengals
June 6, 2024
Nick Shook of NFL.com considers Higgins a player for whom the 2024 season will be particularly critical.
ANALYSIS
Higgins is indeed entering a "crossroads" type of season, considering he's the only player who received a franchise or transition tag this offseason that remains without a long-term deal. Granted, more than a month remains before the July 15 deadline for such players to ink contract extensions with their clubs; however, Higgins appears willing to bet on himself and treat the 2024 season as a contract year, in the hopes of producing numbers worthy of a long-term lucrative deal in Cincinnati or elsewhere.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Higgins is a reliable, high-end WR2 in both real life and fantasy terms. Actually, he might be more than that if he ends up somewhere besides Cincinnati, but it looks like the Bengals have no interest in giving into the trade rumors ahead of the fourth and final season of his rookie contract. A franchise tag next offseason seems likely if no long-term deal is reached, with Higgins coming off back-to-back 1,000 yard campaigns and recording at least 908 yards and six touchdowns in each of his first three NFL seasons. At 6-4, he's a regular menace on jump balls and contested catches, also showing a degree of prowess on short and intermediate passes even if he's not nearly the YAC threat that teammate Ja'Marr Chase is. In terms of fantasy upside beyond the 1,200-yard range or so, that'll probably only happen for Higgins in Cincinnati if Chase misses extended time -- a scenario that would leave the talented 2020 second-round pick as Joe Burrow's unquestioned top option.
Overshadowed by rookie phenom Ja'Marr Chase much of last year, Higgins eventually caught fire down the stretch and recorded his first 1,000-yard season despite missing three games. He narrowly missed that mark as a rookie, providing the Bengals an instant return on the 33rd overall pick. Higgins didn't test well out of college — he skipped drills at the combine and then put up a 4.54 40 and 31-inch vertical at his pro day — but he's quickly proven that his prolific college stats (2,103 receiving yards, 25 TDs his final two years) weren't just a product of favorable circumstances at Clemson. Higgins doesn't have the issues with fluidity and change- of-direction that plague many wideouts his size, and the poor vertical jump hasn't seemed to matter when it comes to contested catches in the NFL. He was efficient as a rookie (62.0 percent catch rate, 8.4 YPT) and took another step forward in Year 2 (67.3 percent, 9.9 YPT), benefiting from his own progress as well as QB Joe Burrow's. Higgins even led the team in targets per game, with 7.9 to Chase's 7.5, and in the playoffs he added 309 yards and two TDs (both in the Super Bowl) in four games. The only drawbacks, really, are his lack of elite speed and the reality that he won't be the go-to guy unless Chase misses time. It's nitpicking, especially after the Bengals made big offseason moves to upgrade their offensive line.
Drafted as the eventual successor to A.J. Green, Higgins has already succeeded him. In fact, Higgins surpassed Green out of the gate with 13.6 YPC, 8.4 YPT, 14 catches for 20-plus yards and two catches for 40-plus last year, while the Bengals struggled to force-feed the now-departed veteran. At 6-4, 215, Higgins is massive, and ran a blistering-for-his-size 4.43 40 at his pro day (his fastest time), though he also recorded some slower ones (4.59). Higgins seemed set to expand his role as the team’s top outside, downfield and red-zone target, until the Bengals added Joe Burrow’s favorite college wideout Ja’Marr Chase with the fifth overall pick in this year's draft. Not only is Chase faster and more athletic (though smaller) than Higgins, he comes preloaded with a connection to his quarterback. As a result, it’s unclear whether Higgins or Chase will lead the team in targets, and Tyler Boyd, a possession receiver who usually lines up in the slot, will also get his looks. But it helps that the Bengals don’t throw heavily to their backs, have no pass-catching tight end of whom to speak and that Burrow is expected to be healthy Week 1.
Taken with the 33rd overall pick in this year's draft, Higgins lands in a crowded Bengals receiving group. Aging star A.J. Green was franchised for 2020, Tyler Boyd is a good bet for well more than 100 targets and 2017 first-round burner John Ross and mammoth Auden Tate both had significant roles last year. At 6-3, 216, Higgins is built like Green, though his pro day timed speeds ranged from a 4.43 40 (Greenlike) to a sluggish 4.59. Either way, Higgins was a playmaker in college, with 25 TDs the last two years at Clemson on only 185 targets. He dominates when the ball is in the air, using his height, catch radius and good hands to outreach smaller defenders. His route running needs work, but he'll have Green as a mentor, and there's a good chance he surpasses Ross and Tate as the No. 3 option before long.
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Not at OTAs, as expected
WRCincinnati Bengals
May 28, 2024
Higgins and teammate Ja'Marr Chase are not present at voluntary OTAs on Tuesday, Ben Baby of ESPN reports.
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Not expected for start of OTAs
WRCincinnati Bengals
May 20, 2024
Higgins is not expected to sign his franchise tender by the end of the week, which will make him ineligible to report in time for the start of OTAs next week, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Expects to remain in Cincinnati
WRCincinnati Bengals
April 14, 2024
Higgins said Sunday that he anticipates playing for Cincinnati in 2024, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
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Requests trade, per report
WRCincinnati Bengals
March 11, 2024
Higgins has reportedly requested a trade, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
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Officially gets franchise tag
WRCincinnati Bengals
Hamstring
February 26, 2024
The Bengals applied their franchise tag to Higgins (hamstring) on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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