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Dallas Cowboys Roster Moves 2014: Cowboys Add Guard Donald Hawkins

The Cowboys are churning the roster.

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As expected, the Cowboys are churning their roster. Today they claimed guard Donald Hawkins who was released by the Cleveland Browns. Hawkins is a rookie who played college ball at the university of Texas.

He was an undrafted free agent who initially signed with the Philadelphia Eagles and played in three preseason games with them. He was released and picked up by the Browns, who just let him go again.

Hawkins is 6-4, 310-pound rookie out of Texas. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Philadelphia on May 10, Hawkins played as a reserve in all three of the Eagles’ preseason games. After transferring from Northwest Community College, Hawkins started 24 of his 25 games at Texas. Born in Memphis, Tenn., Hawkins graduated from Rosa Fort High School in Tunica, Miss.

Previous to the draft, this was the scouting report on Hawkins.

STRENGTHS: Hawkins stays light on his feet with good lateral quickness and shuffle to protect the edge, doing a nice job squaring up defenders with natural body control and coordination. Hawkins looks comfortable pulling and blocking on the move with the athleticism to get to the second level and clear the road down the field. WEAKNESSES: He has a narrow base and too often gets caught lunging and whiffing at his targets, falling off balance and struggling to recover. Hawkins utilizes angles and flashes an aggressive demeanor at the point of attack, but has room to improve his timing off the snap and his overall discipline. --Dane Brugler

Hawkins played as a reserve in all three of the Eagles’ preseason games, earning a +1.2 grade from Pro Football Focus for his 26 snaps. He was released by the Eagles in the first round of roster cuts and picked up by the Browns, who played him briefly in their preseason finale against the Bears.


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