The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Hawkins was the Bills’ sixth-round pick in 2020 when Giants general manager Joe Schone and head coach Brian Dabore were working for the team.
Hawkins played only one game last season without a catch. He’s played two games this season and has four catches for 41 yards. Hawkins spent most of his three seasons in Buffalo in the practice class.
The bill freed Hawkins on Tuesday.
Claims Hawkins fills the last spot on the Giants’ 53-man roster. However, claiming Hawkins did give the Giants seven wide receivers on the active roster is a big number.
The Giants were thought to be in the market for wide receiver help ahead of the trade deadline on Tuesday, Nov. 1, but no deal was struck. As Buffalo’s former offensive coordinator, Dabor is clearly familiar with Hawkins, and perhaps Hawkins could provide an incremental upgrade.
Matt Warren of SB Nation’s Buffalo Rumblings provided an assessment of Hodgins:
“Hawkins was the darling of the offseason, he always showed up in minicamps and training camps and had great preseason moments, but couldn’t make the active roster for whatever reason. Some catchers Be better or faster on special teams, or there’s no “it” factor or anything, he just can’t find that place. In Buffalo, he’s going to have to deal with teams, but Jale Kumerow is there Better, and Isaiah McKenzie has the quickness and the ability to pass back. I think on an early version of the Bills like the Giants, he’ll get his shot and he’ll fit where they are.
“If I were a Giants fan, I would be optimistic about what he would bring.”
Here’s the NFL.com scouting report on Hawkins ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft:
Potential inside/outside target with below-average speed but great skill, instinct and willingness to catch the ball. Scouts will have to balance his impressive passing talent with dodging issues from journalists and NFL-level coverage. Hodgins is acutely aware of where all areas of the field are covered and adjusts accordingly. When the ball is in the air, he is obviously more skilled than his opponents, but as a pro, the space is tighter and the challenge is more intense. He needs to improve his running line and may need to move and stack in bunches for free release, but Hawkins has the ability to see multiple outfields as a mid-round pick.
Also, here’s Hawkins toasting Dana Holmes: