Cowboys claim G Donald Hawkins off waivers from Cleveland. Cut John Wetzel.
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) August 31, 2014
The Browns claimed Hawkins from the Eagles not long ago and were hoping to get him to their practice squad as they liked his combination of size and agility, just didn’t think he was ready. That gamble didn’t pay off for the Browns.
While Hawkins isn’t a big loss he was a player they hoped they could take some time to develop. Instead the Cowboys bring him back to Texas where he played in college. The Cowboys have really spent a lot of assets to improve their offensive line, which is important given the health of Tony Romo‘s back.
Hawkins could compete for a backup spot on their line and will likely be happy to have some home cooking. The Browns have moved on as they continue to compile more and more offensive linemen to institute their Zone Blocking Scheme that their offense will rely heavily on.
Leon McFadden was also claimed today, by the New York Jets. That a couple players the Browns didn’t keep on their roster were claimed on the first day is a good sign for the overall depth on the team, or a sign the team made bad choices. Today I believe the former.
Thoughts on Hawkins and McFadden?