Is there a good chance second-year receiver Lavelle Hawkins won’t make the team?
In his rookie season, Hawkins caught seven passes for two catches for 22 yards. He also returned 7 kickoffs for 130 yards.
This year, after two preseason games, Hawkins has caught two passes for 22 yards. He has not been used as a kick returner thus far.
Kenny Britt demonstrated his potential to contribute this season during the Titans’ game against the Buccanneers. Jared Cook has been brilliant since the mini-camps and will be a major weapon for the Titans offense.
So what does this mean for Hawkins? Britt, Washington and Justin Gage are locks to make the team. Chris Davis and Mark Jones have an edge over Hawkins because of their return skills. Paul Williams, who made a nice catch versus the Bills, is seeking to impress after having two disappointing seasons.
Hawkins has not contributed much as a Titan, and the decision not to use him as a returner hurts his chances. He needs to make some big plays in the next three preseason games and show progress in training camp, or the former fourth-round pick may be looking for a new place to play.