BEREA — "Hollywood" and Baker have been on a first-name basis, buddy boys through and through, for a while now.
They soon went from co-workers to pals who lived next to each other and hung out, all the time.
"It's just one of those things," Rashard 'Hollywood' Higgins said. "You click with a guy like that.
"It's a beautiful thing."
Baker Mayfield threw some very pretty footballs, some to Higgins, in the Browns' slump-busting 21-17 win over the New York Jets on "Thursday Night Football." The rookie No. 1 overall draft pick was promoted to Browns starting quarterback on Monday.
If the Browns are to go anyplace special this year, Mayfield must keep clicking with the likes of Higgins, who has watched the Browns go 2-32-1 since he joined them as a fifth-round pick in 2016.
If those two look natural working together at Oakland on Sunday, it'll be partly because they spent spring practice, training camp and preseason games running together with the "2s."
In the first half against the Jets, with Tyrod Taylor at QB, Higgins didn't catch a pass. Taylor went to the medical tent late in the second quarter. Mayfield inherited a 14-0 deficit en route to a storybook win.
With less than half of the fourth quarter left and the Browns trailing 17-14, Higgins caught his third pass of the second half from Mayfield. On a tense third-and-5, short of midfield, Mayfield delivered a 19-yard strike to Higgins on the right side.
Higgins played most of the snaps in the second half in three-wideout sets including Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway. He seems confident he and Mayfield can make some plays at Oakland.
"Baker is ready," Higgins said after practice Monday. "Now he's got to get the job done.
"We've worked a lot together. He has his own swagger about himself. He's confident but not cocky. He knows what to do.
"He got us our first victory since my first year."
One issue with Mayfield spending months behind Taylor was the people on the field with him. He hadn't worked a bunch with the No. 1s, such as tight end David Njoku. With just six catches for 69 yards in three games, the Browns need the talented Njoku to do some business with Mayfield.
"Baker is a smart person, a very smart football player," said Njoku, who has been quiet since making one touchdown catch from Taylor and one from Mayfield in the Aug. 9 preseason opener. "He knows where we are when a play is developing. He just has that quarterback instinct. He looks the part."
What is Mayfield's appetite for throwing to tight ends?
"He throws to people he thinks are open," Njoku said, "no matter who you are. If you're open, he'll get you the ball."
Running back Carlos Hyde, like Njoku, has worked mostly with Taylor until now. Hyde caught 59 passes out of the backfield last year with the 49ers, but he has only three catches through three games with the Browns.
Coming off a 98-yard, two-touchdown rushing day, Hyde is in the plans for a big role in the Mayfield offense.
A fifth-year pro, Hyde offered the following advice for the rookie QB:
"Stay close to the guys in this locker room. Block out all the media, even if it's good things. Block it out.
"Focus on what you've gotta do to be sure you're ready to go Sunday. It's very simple. Baker's already a winner, though. I think he already knows that."