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Buccaneers release Lavelle Hawkins

Lavelle Hawkins, Kevin Fogg AP

The Buccaneers have some time before they have to start making any cuts, but they’ve already made at least one decision about players currently on the roster who won’t be there when the regular season gets underway.

Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports that the team has released veteran wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins. Hawkins signed with Tampa shortly after they traded Mike Williams to the Bills in April and some thought his prior relationship with offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford might help him nail down a spot on the final roster. Things didn’t play out that way.

Getting released now could potentially help Hawkins land somewhere else before the preseason comes to a close, although there are going to be plenty of other players hitting the street in the coming days. Hawkins played four games for the Chargers last season and was with the Titans for the previous five seasons, but has only caught five regular season passes over the last two seasons.

With Hawkins gone, it looks like Chris Owusu and Louis Murphy will be joining Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans on the team this year. Tommy Streeter, Eric Page and Skye Dawson have played the most preseason snaps of the other receivers on the roster.

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7 Responses to “Buccaneers release Lavelle Hawkins”
  1. gayforbrady says: Aug 20, 2014 12:40 PM

    Lovie Smith traded mike Williams because of his delicate sensibilities.

    Stay classy lovie, enjoy last place

  2. bassplucker says: Aug 20, 2014 12:51 PM

    Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans together could be beastly. Louis Murphy is a very good player when healthy. After that, it’s pretty weak sauce but then you could say that about a lot of teams in the league.

  3. 49erfan44 says: Aug 20, 2014 1:15 PM

    Niners should’ve kept him last year. He and Boldin would’ve been solid til Crab came back.

  4. 1jwbucs says: Aug 20, 2014 2:03 PM

    Robert Herron must be added to the remaining Wide Receivers still among the Training Camp roster…. Some tough decisions coming by Next Tuesday.

  5. tennesseetitan78 says: Aug 20, 2014 3:50 PM

    Hate to hear “Hawk”, wish u nothing but the best!!
    Titans fan

  6. greg285 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:29 PM

    They need to keep Streeter!!!

  7. jonesjourdan24 says: Aug 23, 2014 6:34 PM

    Hope they keep Louis Murphy he is a good player.

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