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Small wonder Andrew Hawkins turning heads in Browns camp


Given the expected suspension of star receiver Josh Gordon, someone is going to have to step up in a big way for the Browns this year.

And it might be one of the smallest guys on the roster.

First-round cornerback Justin Gilbert said that in his short time in Cleveland, he’s been impressed with diminutive receiver Andrew Hawkins.

“I’d rather guard [Josh] Gordon than him,” Gilbert said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “He’s so little and quick. Those guys are hard to get a handle on. He’s out there making plays every day.”

The 5-foot-7, 180-pound Hawkins came over this season as a restricted free agent from the Bengals, and Gilbert isn’t the only one noticing his impact.

For-now starting quarterback Brian Hoyer said he saw a similarity to Wes Welker there.

“The one guy I like more and more every day I work with is Andrew Hawkins,” Hoyer said. “The guy runs his routes so hard. It reminds me a lot of my time in New England with Welker, where the guy runs every route to win. He’s going full blast. You see him out there and you can tell when he walks back to the huddle, he gave his all on every play. He’s just a competitor, and I think the more guys you get like that, the better your team becomes.”

Of course, the Browns need all they can get of that kind of workmanlike effort, since their best receiver hasn’t been able to show his priority is staying eligible to play.

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20 Responses to “Small wonder Andrew Hawkins turning heads in Browns camp”
  1. wcucarter says: Jun 6, 2014 7:45 AM

    Love Baby Hawk. We miss you in Cincy, bud.

  2. ridnaway says: Jun 6, 2014 8:06 AM

    Baby Hawk is a gamer! The trick will be keeping him healthy.

  3. beckzhere says: Jun 6, 2014 8:21 AM

    Strangely, I’m excited to watch the Browns this season.

  4. bensstinkyfingers says: Jun 6, 2014 8:25 AM

    The hawk will have a huge year for the browns as well will Cameron in this offense where they live on the short pass and run instead of deep throws.

  5. robbieboston says: Jun 6, 2014 8:28 AM

    would have been cooler if the photo attached was of VICI the robot. Any 90’s babies like me out there?

  6. touchdownroddywhite says: Jun 6, 2014 8:42 AM

    My guess is Gilbert hasn’t actually had to defend Gordon yet. Josh Gordon is on the cusp of elite, and that’s all there is to it.

  7. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: Jun 6, 2014 9:02 AM

    Baby Hawk is a really solid player and good guy. You’ll enjoy having him Cleveland. No hate for Hawkins from this Bengals fan.

  8. ibottpsgoldpants says: Jun 6, 2014 9:06 AM

    Hawk is a great player. Not worth what the Browns paid him but he will be missed in Cincy. Best of luck to him!

  9. collegeref says: Jun 6, 2014 9:36 AM

    Should’ve won 4th and Long instead of Jesse Holley.

  10. clevelandrocksyourface says: Jun 6, 2014 9:46 AM

    This guy was a steal for the Browns. Instantly made the team better and simultaneously weakened a division rival. We FINALLY have a GM who knows what he’s doing.

    Go Browns!

  11. robyesno says: Jun 6, 2014 9:59 AM

    God Bless Baby Hawk! Really love that dude as a baller and a person!

  12. dtr3e says: Jun 6, 2014 10:19 AM

    Not even a Browns fan and I’m getting excited about this football team…. well as long as Hoyer is the starter….

  13. djshnooks says: Jun 6, 2014 11:04 AM

    Losing him didn’t weaken the Bengals, as they are already stacked at WR.

    If he was that good, they would have kept him. There’s a reason they let him walk.

  14. oldcracker says: Jun 6, 2014 11:54 AM

    I believe the type of Offense that Shanahan brings to the Browns is why Ray Farmer didn’t panic with the WR position. The Browns will definitely miss Josh Gordon (how can you not) but in this run-first scheme the loss will be minimized.

    I believe that Farmer has adequately filled the void with his pick ups. However, the proof of the pudding….

    In Ray we trust!

  15. ubu507 says: Jun 6, 2014 12:22 PM

    Ha ha, the Brownie’s chances are always small…

  16. fedupincleveland says: Jun 6, 2014 1:57 PM

    They let him go to an AFC North rival because they are the Bungles!

    He will torch them twice a year. Book it.

  17. timmons94 says: Jun 6, 2014 4:22 PM

    Josh Gordon on cusp of elite lol lol lol
    Also one failed drug test from lifetime ban u mooreon

  18. abigbuck99 says: Jun 6, 2014 6:46 PM

    Gordan’s record breaking performance last year would have been even greater if he had played the full 16 games instead of only 14.

    If the little guy is effective it would be to keep drives alive with clutch plays and surprise moves on the d-backs. He will be worth his weight in gold if he can hold on to passes. We have seen more dropped passes in Brownsland the last 3 years and china got rice.

  19. russellwestbrooksucks says: Jun 6, 2014 11:19 PM

    Andrew Hawkins stole my extra ketchup packets. Fool me once. ..

  20. wiseone50 says: Jun 8, 2014 3:43 PM

    Aside from Gordon, if Hawkins can at least catch the ball it will be a substantial inprovement from the crap that we had.

    I mean if you’re a reciever and can’t even barely catch a ball than what good are you?! I’m so glad we got rid of all those bustout non-recievers!!!

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