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With Hawkins, Patriots Receivers Are 12 Deep

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The Patriots signed former Titans receiver Lavelle Hawkins to a two-year deal on Thursday. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images
The Patriots signed former Titans receiver Lavelle Hawkins to a two-year deal on Thursday. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

The Patriots added yet another name to the team’s ever-growing wide receiver list on Thursday when the team announced the signing of former Titans wide out Lavelle Hawkins, the Nashville Tennessean reported.

Hawkins, who will be entering his sixth year in the league, was a fourth-round selection by the Titans in the 2008 draft. The 5-foot-11, 194-pound receiver signed a two-year deal with the Patriots. The Titans released Hawkins on May 1.

With Tennessee, Hawkins didn’t make much headway into becoming a dangerous receiving threat. Only once in his five-year career has Hawkins caught double-digit passes in a season. For that matter, Hawkins has only played one full season in his career.

His best year statistically came in 2011, when he caught 47 passes for 470 yards and one touchdown. That is the only touchdown of Hawkins' career.

This seems to be a move made strictly to add more wide receiver depth with all of the competition at the position. The coaching staff will have its hands full when it’s time to cut the roster down.

There is a possibility Hawkins could make the roster, despite his poor career numbers. Aside from Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson and the tight ends, it will be a toss-up for the rest of the guys as to who will make it. Hawkins could slide in as the fourth or fifth receiver on the depth chart, but could potentially overtake Donald Jones and Michael Jenkins with a standout training camp. There are 12 wide receivers currently listed on the team’s depth chart.

In other Patriots news, the team hosted former Cowboys running back Felix Jones for a Thursday visit. He was also scheduled to meet with the Eagles, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted earlier this week.

Jones, a former first-round selection, hasn’t been able to string together a both a healthy season and a productive one. And with the depth the Patriots now have at the position (with Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Leon Washington, LeGarrette Blount, and Brandon Bolden), this visit just seems to be an exploratory one.