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FOXBOROUGH, Mass.-- According to a tweet from Jim Wyatt, the Tennesse Titans beat writer for The Tennessean, wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins and the Patriots have agreed to a two-year deal. Wyatt tweeted the following earlier this afternoon.
Hawkins was a fourth-round pick of the Titans back in 2008, and struggled to find his niche in Tennessee. Last season, the Stockton, Calif. native caught just five passes for 62 yards in seven games played. His best season came in the 2011 campaign when he played in all 16 games, catching 47 passes for 470 yards and one touchdown. However, according to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com, an ankle injury limited his production for much of the season.
Prior to beginning his NFL career, he played college football for the California Golden Bears. He stayed with the team for three years, and his best season came in his last, his junior year when he snagged 72 passes for 872 yards and six touchdowns. Particularly notable was his performance against Oregon State when he caught nine passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns.
This is a great signing by the organization in terms of the depth that Hawkins brings. He probably will not be an “X Factor” type of receiver, but he brings his “sure hands” to the table. Take last season for example when he caught five passes. He was targeted 11 times, which in terms of percentiles means that he caught 45 % of the passes that were thrown to him.
Even though Hawkins’s numbers may not be the best, this has a chance to be a tremendous opportunity for him. Coach Bill Belichick is a master at picking “under the radar” receivers and making them a key part of the offense, and for Hawkins, hopefully this time will be no different.