Brevard’s Javian Hawkins Makes Good First Impression at Atlanta Falcon Training Camp
By AtlantaFalcons.com // August 6, 2021
Hawkins graduated from cocoa high in 2018, is an udrafted rookie
WACTCH: Former Louisville running back, Titusville native Javian Hawkins speaks with Space Coast Daily’s Juan Rodriguez to discuss his growing up in Brevard, his college career and the path to the NFL Draft.
(ATLANTAFALCONS.COM) – Undrafted rookies got a raw deal last year. The pandemic made attaining NFL aspirations overwhelmingly hard, stealing the offseason program and preseason games where longshots earn roster spots.
You’ll see Javian Hawkins and Caleb Huntley a ton during the preseason. We’ve seen them work regularly in camp to this point, with both getting opportunities to showcase ability as we move through the summer.
The Falcons could easily carry five rushers, leaving a crack for Hawkins or Huntley to earn a spot. There should be a practice squad opening for one at the very least.
Arthur Smith has praised both players for quality work in camp.
“Those young guys, Little Hawk,’ — we’ve got two J. Hawkins, Jaylinn, and Javian, so, we call [Javian] Little Hawk — with Little Hawk and Caleb, they’re competing. They’re doing good things and making progress every day.”
Hawkins isn’t a bulkier power runner like the others in his position group, and bringing a different style may work to his advantage.
The 5-foot-9, 195-pound slasher has shown solid elusiveness, using great speed well in open space.
The Louisville product has made quite a few impressive plays in camp as he works to separate himself. His college career was pretty short, but he had a school record of 1,525 rushing yards in 2019, his only active season.
He also had nine touchdowns and averaging a whopping 5.8 yards per carry with the Cardinals.
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