January 01, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins (87) makes a second quarter reception as Houston Texans cornerback Brice McCain (21) attempts to make the tackle at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots sign Hawkins, now have 12 receivers under contract

The New England Patriots on Thursday announced the signing of former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Lavell Hawkins to a two year deal.

The fifth year receiver was used sparingly in Tennessee’s offense and projects as a slot receiver for the Patriots provided he makes it out of camp with a roster spot, which could be directly tied to his special teams contribution, as Hawkins is a bit of a punt return threat.

Hawkins is 5′ 11″ and around 195 pounds, and was known primarily for his speed coming out of Cal, and ended up being the Titans’ 4th round pick of the Titans in 2008.

Hawkins’ signing brings the number of receivers on the 90 man offseason roster to an even dozen – of which they will keep perhaps five, and with new addition Danny Amendola a lock to make the roster along with special teams ace Matthew Slater, that leaves essentially three roster spots open for ten guys to fight for.

The Patriots drafted Marshall’s Aaron Dobson and TCU’s Josh Boyce and brought in free agents Michael Jenkins and Donald Jones, and also signed some undrafted free agent receivers, T.J. Moe being one…

…point being, this camp competition is going to be fun to watch, and no matter who makes the roster, with the talent competing, the Patriots win.

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