May 21, 2014; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (16) during organized team activities at Cleveland Browns practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

9 Minutes of New Brown Andrew Hawkins Making People Look Silly


The Cleveland Browns fans have concerns related to the Browns receiving group. Josh Gordon is probably gone for a year, Miles Austin has hamstring issues, Charles Johnson still isn’t cleared from his ACL injury and Earl Bennett is Earl Bennett. Possibly the biggest addition at receiver is the smallest, Andrew Hawkins. Hawkins, brought over from the Cincinnati Bengals, when they failed to match the offer sheet he signed with the Browns, is a prototypical slot receiver. Below is a 9 minute clip of Hawkins beating defenders, from his time with the Bengals, off the line of scrimmage. He makes them look silly:

As you can see in numerous attempts, even if you only watched for 1 minute, Hawkins can make things happen. A number of Bengal defenders are left grasping at air, on the ground or lost in coverage. Even those that stay near him, can’t stop him from getting catches. Unfortunately in the Bengals system Hawkins was rarely given an opportunity to shine. As the 4th receiver in a route Andy Dalton often went away from Hawkins.

For the Browns he will play a huge role. The routes you see run in the above video all are important in timing. If Hawkins in the 2nd or 3rd receiver Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel will have the option to hit him just as he gets separation from his defender. With the run heavy game plan expected from the Browns, Hawkins defender will have to always be peaking into the backfield, giving Baby Hawk even more opening with his precise route running.

Hawkins shows the variety of slot receiver moves that should endear him to his teammates and the Browns faithful. The ability to “win in a box” will be vital to the Browns moving the chains, getting touchdowns in the redzone and extending drives. While he won’t make up for Gordon’s absence, he can be a key player for Browns QBs along with a healthy Austin and Jordan Cameron the Browns will still be able to compete in the passing game.

Does this video excite you? Is your first thought “Wow how good could he be with Gordon on the field?”

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  • Joe

    Hawkins was a terrific slot-receiver with the Bengals.
    Procuring his services was a phenomenal coup for Cleveland.
    Hawkins and Cameron are the two WR’s we need in the game.
    Bennett, Burleson, Austin, and several others are good additions and some of them will help.
    However, Cameron & Hawkins are the main targets for QB’s.
    (Cameron is a WR; Jimmy Graham will testify to that.
    Jim Dray is the TE with Barnidge behind him.)
    Browns are OK at WR even without josh Gordon.

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    Now if he could only hold onto the ball in game situations and not run out of bounds constantly. If he could do half of what he did in this video in games, he would still be a Bengal!