The New England Patriots announced that they have signed free agent WR Lavelle Hawkins. Terms of the contract haven’t been announced just yet, they agreed on a two-year deal. This almost guarantees that the Patriots are moving on from Brandon Lloyd, even though Hawkins isn’t a lock to make this team. One positive not for him is that he arrives at an opportune time as the Patriots have a serious need at the wide receiver position. Hawkins has caught 71 passes for 771 yards and one touchdown in five NFL seasons, all with Tennessee.
Hawkins’ most productive season came in 2011, where he hauled in 47 passes for 470 yards and a touchdown in 16 games (two starts).
Hawkins (5-11, 194) joins a very crowded depth chart in New England. With his addition, the Patriots now have 12 wide receivers in a revamped group led by Danny Amendola. Also, the Patriots drafted a pair of receivers, selecting Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce. In addition, the Patriots have also signed Donald Jones and Michael Jenkins.
He’s going to get a chance to make this team, but he’s got to impress his teammates and coaches fairly quick.
This isn’t too surprising, as the Patriots typically tend to load up on wide receivers in the off-season to see what they can bring to the table. They never keep all 12, as a lot of them are cut later on when they see what they can do.
He’ll compete with Donald Jones and Michael Jenkins, as none of those guys are guaranteed to make this team they’ll help out in terms of depth. As much as everyone loves Deion Branch, he just isn’t a viable option anymore.