Titans to sign RB Javian Hawkins following release from Falcons

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The Atlanta Falcons passed on taking a running back in the 2021 NFL draft, but undrafted free agent Javian Hawkins was expected to make a serious push for the team’s 53-man roster. In the early days of camp, Hawkins showed flashes that made him a fan favorite.

Unfortunately, the former Louisville RB didn’t have a strong performance in the preseason opener, rushing for just two yards on five carries. However, his lack of production was partly the result of poor offensive line play. Of the three running backs featured in the game against Tennessee, none totaled more than 18 yards on the ground or averaged above 3.3 yards per attempt.

Hawkins put on a better performance against the Dolphins in Week 2, gaining 46 yards on five carries. However, he was once again outplayed by fellow undrafted rookie Caleb Huntley, who totaled 57 yards on the night with a touchdown. Both players also broke off 30-yard runs.

The Falcons released Hawkins ahead of Tuesday’s cut deadline, and on Thursday morning, Hawkins signed with the Titans ahead of their preseason finale against the Bears this weekend.

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Hawkins will still need to prove himself in order to survive the Titans’ final cuts next week.

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