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Patriots sign WR Hawkins

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Free agent wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins has signed a two-year deal with the New England Patriots, according to The Tennessean.

Hawkins, who was released last week after five years with the Tennessee Titans, has 71 career receptions for 771 yards and a touchdown in 52 games.

He played just seven games last season because of an ankle injury, and had five catches for 62 yards. The 26-year-old also has experience on special teams, returning seven kickoffs in 2012.

With 11 other receivers in New England, Hawkins isn't guaranteed a roster spot with the Patriots.

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