Hawkins has signed with the Rams' practice squad. Hawkins spent time in training camp with both the Falcons and Titans but failed to land a role with either team. He will now look to make an impression with the Rams' practice unit.
Hawkins was waived by the Titans on Tuesday, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports. Hawkins' best season at Louisville was in 2019 when he rushed for 1,525 yards (5.8 YPC) and nine touchdowns over 13 games, and he was impressive in 2020 with 822 yards (6.2 YPC) and seven scores as well. However, the 21-year-old is undersized, measuring in at 5-foot-8, 183 pounds. He could end up filling a role on Tennessee's practice squad.
Hawkins is signing with the Titans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Hawkins has attracted an unusual amount of fantasy attention for an undrafted rookie, in part because the team he initially signed with (the Falcons) is among the league's weakest in the backfield. It isn't a great sign that the Louisville product couldn't even make it to the end of the preseason in Atlanta before getting cut, but the silver lining is that he'll now have more time to practice with his new team, hoping to make his case for a back-end roster spot (or, more likely, a job on the practice squad).
Hawkins has been let go by the Falcons. The UDFA out of Louisville had been looking to secure a depth role in the team's backfield but was among the players waived by the Falcons on Tuesday as the team moves to trim its roster to 80 players. It remains to been seen if the 5-foot-9, 182-pounder catches on elsewhere or ultimately lands on back on Atlanta's roster or practice squad.
Hawkins carried the ball five times for 46 yards in Saturday's preseason game against Miami. Hawkins slipped down the depth chart with Qadree Ollison back in the fold for Saturday's contest. Hawkins didn't enter the game until the second half, though he did perform well once he got an opportunity. He ripped off gains of 11 and 30 yards on the same drive, setting up a 30-yard touchdown run by Caleb Huntley. Hawkins faces an uphill battle to make the team after signing as an undrafted free agent.
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