Prior to the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns signed free agent Andrew Hawkins to be their third option behind Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron. Now, Gordon is in the midst of serving a ten game suspension and Cameron is fighting through a sprained shoulder injury. Also, our tight end is currently undergoing the concussion protocol. Hence Hawkins has emerged as the number one receiving option and Hoyer’s security blanket.

The shifty playmaker is quickly making a name for himself in Cleveland. He leads the team in receptions (36) and yards (470) by a significant margin. Miles Austin trails Hawkins with 23 catches while Taylor Gabriel has recorded 317 yards. These stats prove that Hawkins is clearly Hoyer’s favorite target. If this trend continues, the receiver will be on pace for a 1,000 yard season. It’s only seven games into the 2014 campaign, but the undrafted wide out has been impressive.

The Pennsylvania native is a precise route runner who can run with the ball after the catch. Despite being short, he gains separation and finds open looks. Out of seven contests, Hawkins has six games with at least 70 yards, five games with at least 80 yards, and five games with at least five receptions. The four year veteran has had only one horrible game, against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hawkins saw just two targets and was held without a catch. Other than that, he has seen at least nine passes come his direction in every game.

Hawkins can be clutch and has a nose for the first down marker. He has registered 27 first downs and is developing as a game changer. Andrew Hawkins is transforming his career into a potential smart free agent signing. Although, his targets and production might dip when Gordon returns from suspension, but he will complement Gordon really well. And to think people were worried about the Cleveland Browns receiving unit.

-Max Gold

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