Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins weighed 220 pounds when he reported to the team for his rookie season and he weighs the same now, but Higgins says he doesn’t feel the same.
Higgins told reporters on Tuesday that he focused on building strength after the end of the 2020 season and that he has already seen benefits to that approach since the Bengals have gotten on the field for their offseason program.
“My biggest thing was to get that stronger. I didn’t do any routes, I didn’t run. I was just really in the weight room for the most part,” Higgins said, via the team’s website. “Then, once I was able to actually get on the field and do like a workout or something I just went out there and it felt good. And then I just felt like I had to get stronger so I focused a little bit more on the weight room as well again. Now I’m weighing like 220 and it feels good. Last year I came in at like 220 and it was too heavy for me, so I had to lose a few pounds. Now it feels really good and I feel even faster.”
While Higgins is moving faster, he said “everything is just way slower to me” when it comes to absorbing the playbook and the team’s offensive scheme. The hope for this season will be that the combination leaves Higgins making an even bigger contribution on offense than he did as a rookie.