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WR Andrew Hawkins - Cleveland Browns

5-7, 175Born: 3-10-1986College: ToledoDrafted: ---

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): Hawkins finds a way to make plays every week, and this week, he finally found the end zone. The return of Josh Gordon in Week 12 will hurt his target share, but perhaps increase his chances of a big play. You could do a lot of worse with your bye/injury/emergency WR depth.

Week 9: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Brian Hoyer (19/28 for 275 yards, one TD and zero interceptions passing vs. Oakland) avoided the hook last week as he led the Browns to a comfortable 23-13 win over the Raiders after his disastrous 16/41 for 215 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown performance in the loss to then-winless Jacksonville. Reports out of Cleveland indicate that pressure was mounting for Johnny Manziel to start after the 6-24 disaster in Jacksonville, but that strain has been alleviated now (for the time being). Andrew Hawkins had his long grind through various secondaries rewarded with a rare TD last week (nine targets for 7/88/1 receiving), while Taylor Gabriel (three for 2/60/0) also did some nice things for Hoyer. Jordan Cameron finally started rewarding his fantasy owners with a decent game (five for 3/40/0), but was then concussed and thrust into another injury rehab - and Cameron has a prior history of concussions, which may keep him out a considerable length of time, depending on the severity of this particular instance of brain trauma. Local reports indicate that Cameron may be forced to miss the next two games (this Sunday and then next Thursday's early game). Miles Austin continues to move the chains from time to time (two targets for 2/34/0 vs. Oakland last week). The Buccaneer's pass D has been atrocious this year with 306 net yards and five TDs given up to Joe Flacco two games back and then 24/42 for 235 yards, one TD and zero interceptions allowed to rookie Teddy Bridgewater last week (one sack for -6 yards generated by Tampa in that game). To date, they are ranked 30th in the NFL averaging 286.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with a whopping 16 pass TDs allowed vs. a mere four interceptions (tied for 23rd in the NFL) and a paltry 10 sacks (tied for 26th) generated to date. Yikes, that is horrid, friends. Also, the Buccaneers went into full rebuilding mode before the trade deadline on Tuesday, sending starting S Mark Barron to St. Louis for draft picks - they are tearing down the defense BEFORE then end of the season, with LB Jonathan Casillas also shipped off to New England. Double Yikes! Advantage, Cleveland.

Recent Stats and Projections

5 at TEN 0 0 0 9 3 27 0 0
6 vs PIT 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
7 at JAX 1 8 0 9 5 112 0 0
8 vs OAK 0 0 0 9 7 88 1 0
9 vs TB PROJ-Dodds 1 * * 6 * * *
9 vs TB PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 5 * * *
9 vs TB PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs PIT (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Hawkins was held without a catch for the first time this season. With a big lead, the Browns focused more on the run than ever before, limiting Hawkins' opportunities to make plays. With three easy matchups upcoming where the Browns are poised to have big leads, as well as Jordan Cameron's emergence, Hawkins may not be such a sure thing as many presumed. With his lack of touchdown upside, weeks such as these hurt.

2014 Week 7 vs JAX (9 / 5 / 112 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)

Hawkins wasn't targeted on the Browns' first two drives of the game. He then caught a curl route for a first down just before the end of the first quarter. Hawkins converted a big third down in the second quarter when he created separation against man coverage over the middle of the field. A few plays later, Hawkins converted another first down on a quick slant route. With the Browns backed up close to their own goalline, Hoyer found Hawkins over the middle of the field for a huge gain. The small receiver evaded a tackle before sprinting down the seam for more than 50 yards. That play lead to a punt however, and the Browns would only get the ball back when the game had been decided. Hawkins added a curl route for 10 yards as the Jaguars coverage slackened.

2014 Week 8 vs OAK (9 / 7 / 88 / 1 rec)

On his sixtieth target of the season, Andrew Hawkins finally managed to find the end zone. Having been thrusted into the #1 wide receiver role for the Browns this season, Hawkins had been unable to add much more than a replacement level skill-set to the Browns for most of the season, but if you dig for long enough you'll eventually find something. Hawkins' touchdown came off a release to the sideline as the inside receiver in a trips left formation. Miles Austin used his large frame to block the corner matched on Hawkins from getting to the pylon, and Hawkins was wide-open for six points. Hawkins also provided a few important first downs for the Browns, using his sure hands and quick hip fluidity to turn up field faster than a corner could react. However, on third and six late in the fourth quarter, Hawkins had to stretch and leap for a Brian Hoyer pass and was stopped short due to his leap, which limited his yard-after-catch ability. Given Hawkins' small stature, Brian Hoyer has little room for error with Hawkins. As evaluators, sometimes it is necessary to see what our eyes cannot. Such is the case with Hawkins and his limitations due to his height.


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