The San Francisco 49ers search for wide receiver talent as Matt Maiocco is reporting the team will bring in former Cal wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins for a workout "this week." The 49ers have a practice session today, have tomorrow off and then will be back on the field on Sunday. I imagine Hawkins will work out for the team today or tomorrow. The 49ers are reportedly working out Austin Collie and Laurent Robinson later today.
When Hawkins first came into the league in 2008, he was someone I wanted the 49ers to look at. In his time at Cal, he played opposite Desean Jackson, and always seemed to be the proverbial steak to Jackson's sizzle. While Jackson was a big-time playmaker, Hawkins seemed to do the dirty work that kept the Cal offense moving on a relatively consistent basis.
Of course, looking back, he might have benefitted just a little bit from having a guy like Jackson on the other side of the field. Hawkins ended up getting drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fourth round, and his career has been fairly limited. In five seasons with the Titans, Hawkins accumulated 71 receptions for 771 yards and a touchdown. He was limited to seven games last season due to an ankle injury, and ended up getting released by the Titans this offseason. He signed on with the Patriots in early May, but was subsequently released two days ago. It's not exactly a good sign that he did not even make it to training camp.
The 49ers will continue looking for options at wide receiver as they deal with injuries and ineffectiveness behind Anquan Boldin. Kyle Williams has not practiced since injuring his hamstring last Saturday. A.J. Jenkins and Kassim Osgood are dealing with injuries as well, and Jenkins has also struggled with consistency in camp. Marlon Moore and Chad Hall have stood out, but the team is likely looking to boost the level of competition with camp, or at least see what is out there on the market.