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Atlanta Falcons

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October 23, 2020 02:32 PM
Falcons' Jaylinn Hawkins: Clear of injury designation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hawkins (concussion) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Lions.

The 23-year-old missed the past two games while in the concussion protocol, but he progressed to full practice participation Friday. Hawkins should return to his reserve role in the secondary now that he's healthy.

October 21, 2020 10:16 PM
Falcons' Jaylinn Hawkins: Back on field, with limitations
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hawkins (concussion) logged a limited practice session Wednesday, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The fourth-round rookie has been unavailable since exiting Atlanta's Week 4 loss to the Packers with a concussion, but an appearance at practice foreshadows his return as soon as Sunday. Hawkins was not placed on injured reserve, meaning it was likely expected his absence would remain short-term. If he is able to go against the Lions on Sunday, Hawkins will back up Keanu Neal at strong safety in a matchup against the NFL's 22nd-ranked passing attack.

October 16, 2020 06:44 PM
Falcons' Jaylinn Hawkins: Won't play against Vikings
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hawkins (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Vikings.

Hawkins didn't practice all week and will miss a second straight game as he recovers from a concussion he suffered Week 4 against the Packers. Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen will start at safety Sunday while Sharrod Neasman rotates in.

October 15, 2020 11:00 AM
Falcons' Jaylinn Hawkins: Misses Wednesday's practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hawkins was held out for the Falcons' practice session Wednesday, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The rookie fourth-round draft choice had been forced into a starting role Weeks 3 and 4, as the Falcons dealt with a cluster of injuries to the secondary. Hawkins exited Atlanta's Week 4 Monday Night Football loss to the Packers with a head injury, and he has yet to make it back on the field. The 23-year-old will have to clear the NFL's concussion protocol before being able to return to practice. From there, the team can gauge if he's ready for game action.

October 9, 2020 08:40 PM
Falcons' Jaylinn Hawkins: Won't play Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hawkins (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Panthers, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Hawkins didn't practice all week after suffering a concussion during Monday's loss to the Packers, so he'll sit out Week 5. The Falcons' secondary is getting healthy otherwise, so expect Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen to start at safety Sunday while Sharrod Neasman rotates in.

October 7, 2020 10:24 PM
Falcons' Jaylinn Hawkins: Held out Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hawkins (concussion) did not participate during Wednesday's practice session, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

The fourth-round rookie was inserted into the lineup for his second consecutive start Monday night, as Ricardo Allen (elbow) and Keanu Neal (hamstring) were both inactive going into the game. As Hawkins passes through the league's concussion protocol, the Falcons are left extremely thin in the secondary, causing the team to bring in veteran J.J. Wilcox for a visit Wednesday.

October 5, 2020 10:32 PM
Falcons' Jaylinn Hawkins: Questionable to return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hawkins left Monday's game against the Packers in the second quarter with a head injury and is questionable to return, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Hawkins is likely being looked at for a concussion. With Damontae Kazee also leaving early in the game due to an Achilles injury, the Falcons will be thin in the secondary the rest of the way.

October 3, 2020 09:56 PM
Falcons' Jaylinn Hawkins: To see more playing time Week 4
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hawkins can expect to see an increase in defensive usage with Keanu Neal (hamstring) ruled out for the Falcons' Monday night matchup against the Packers, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The fourth-round rookie from Cal has fielded a combined 28 defensive snaps Weeks 1 through 3, but he'll be thrust into a prominent role against Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, who boasts a 67 percent completion rate and a 9:0 TD:INT in the early going of 2020. With Damontae Kazee in place as the starting free safety, Atlanta may have typically been afforded the luxury to shift over veteran Ricardo Allen (elbow) for some work at strong safety, but he has been ruled out for Week 4 as well because of injury.

September 2, 2020 11:36 AM
Falcons' Jaylinn Hawkins: Impressing coach with physicality
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Dan Quinn said that Hawkins is settling into a strong safety role with the Falcons, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Quinn expanded Tuesday upon the reasons for why he believes the fourth-round rookie is best fitted for such a role. "He's a much stronger player than I remembered from Cal," Quinn explained. "He can play down in the box, he can use his hands on tight ends and backs." Having linebacker Deion Jones back in the rotation last year -- after he missed 10 games during 2018 because of a broken foot -- dramatically improved Atlanta's ability to cover players coming out of opposing backfields. The Falcons improved from a league-worst rank in RB catches allowed (123) in 2018 to a much more respectable standing of 14th best (84) during 2019. Hawkins' addition only supports Atlanta's directive of further curtailing the impact of running back and tight end receiving threats.

August 6, 2020 04:00 PM
Falcons' Jaylinn Hawkins: Off COVID-19 list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Falcons activated Hawkins from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.

Hawkins will count against Atlanta's offseason roster again and is now eligible to join teammates at the early portion of camp. The rookie fourth-round pick could compete for depth snaps when practices ramp up mid-August.

July 28, 2020 09:24 PM
Falcons' Jaylinn Hawkins: Moves to COVID list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Falcons placed Hawkins (illness) on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday.

Hawkins has been automatically placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list due to either a positive test or exposure to the virus. The rookie fourth-round pick is expected to add depth to Atlanta's safety corps and contribute on special teams when available.

April 26, 2020 06:04 AM
Falcons' Jaylinn Hawkins: Added by Atlanta in fourth round
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Falcons selected Hawkins in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 134th overall.

Hawkins initially joined California as four-star recruit at cornerback before transitioning to safety in 2016, and he wrapped up his collegiate career with a solid 56 total tackles, two sacks and three interceptions as a senior. Strong instincts and ball skills are Hawkins' strongest traits, but an immediate lack of anticipation and athleticism in coverage could lead to him immediately slotting in on special teams in Atlanta.

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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-1/208
Birthdate:
8/25/1997
Age:
23
Hometown:
USA
School:
California
NFL Experience:
0
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