Patriots Add More Wide Receiver Depth, Agree to Two-Year Deal With Lavelle Hawkins


Lavelle HawkinsThe Patriots are taking as many swings as possible at wide receiver, hoping that a few will hit.

After adding a pair of wide receivers in Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce during the draft, the Patriots agreed to a deal with veteran wideout Lavelle Hawkins on Thursday, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. His deal is for two years. He also visited with the New York Giants and Houston Texans before signing in New England.

Hawkins, 26, spent his first five seasons with the Tennessee Titans, enjoying his most productive season in 2011 — his only full 16-game season — catching 47 passes for 470 yards and a score. He also served as a great special teams player, returning kickoffs and punts at times as well as playing on coverage teams during all five seasons.

Hawkins joins a wide receiver crew that includes Danny Amendola, Donald Jones, Michael Jenkins, Julian Edelman, Matthew Slater and the two rookies. So, making the roster won’t be a cakewalk, but if he can stay healthy then Hawkins would be a good depth option for the Patriots.

Oh, and he likes to hurdle defenders occasionally during the preseason. Check that out below.

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Photo via Twitter/@Lavelle_Hawkins

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