Junior Report Sleeper Special: Johnnie Lee Higgins
By Josh Dhani, FootBasket.blogspot.com
There comes a time in the NFL where there is a player that no one expects to be a star or even make an impact for his team. Countless times, we have seen players who make a difference despite being a drafted late with little expecations. Guys like Terrell Davis, Terrell Owens, Robert Mathis to name a few. A guy who could breakout this year is Johnnie Lee Higgins.
Coming out of Texas-El Paso, he was drafted in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He didn’t make an impact in his rookie season and some doubted him because of his size (5’11″ and 185 pounds).
He second season started slow until a 84-yard touchdown in the Raiders’ 24-23 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Higgins offered a glimmer of what he could do with that explosive play.
He did little the next few weeks, but in Week 12 he had an amazing return for a touchdown in the Raiders 31-10 rout of the Denver Broncos.
Higgins struck again in the 49-26 loss to the New England Patriots with three catches for 66 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown. In the 27-16 win over the Houston Texans, Higgins had three grabs for 56 yards and one touchdown. In the last game of the season, Higgins had a career-high in catches with six, along with 52 yards and a touchdown.
He finished with 22 catches for 366 yards and four touchdowns last year. He added 842 yards in kick returns, 570 yards in punt returns, and taking three Punt Returns to the house.
So that brings us to what is going to happen this year. He is entering the magical third year for WRs and should have a solid role with the Raiders. He can return the ball, he can run, he can catch, he can just about anything you want him to do. You can’t deny that. Higgins has been making a name for himself and I think he already has in Oakland. Can he make it bigger? Can he be Mr. Hot-Shot? We’ll see next year.
So when you watch the Raiders play, NFL fans and fantasy football players, watch out for Johnnie Lee Higgins next year.