Andrew Hawkins to play inside and outside

Browns WR Andrew Hawkins won't be limited to snaps in the slot.

“Because of his vertical speed you can move him outside,” WRs coach Mike McDaniel said. “I think he’s a mismatch inside or outside. We move him all over the place.

“His body type is more a fit for slot receiver. But one component he has that guys I just spoke of (Welker, Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman) don’t really have is he’s a 4.3 guy. He’s got the vertical speed. So corners on the outside can’t squat on his routes. They have to respect the vertical threat.”

Fantasy Impact: 

Hawkins posted a solid 0.17 FP/snap for the Bengals, but he only played 20% of his team’s snaps in 2013. Now he joins a Browns team that will likely be without Josh Gordon, who is reportedly facing an 8-16 game suspension. Without Gordon in the lineup, Hawkins’ main competition for receiver targets may be Miles Austin and Nate Burleson. He could make a living in the slot and become a fantasy factor, especially in PPR formats. Snaps on the outside will only boost his overall value.

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