For all you Andrew Hawkins fans out there, you are going to see a lot of Baby Hawk today. Sunday’s inactives include the traditional 3rd WR Andre Caldwell. That means that Hawkins will probably see 30-40 snaps today (jumps for joy).
Caldwell isn’t out due to an injury, the organization is calling it a coach’s decision. Which means either A) Caldwell is being punished or B) Hawkins is simply the better man for the job. Probably, A.
The little man Hawkins is a huge fan favorite. He worked his ass off in the preseason, and showed a bit of Darren Sproles in him, though he’s not a runningback. He’s only 5’7″, which makes it odd that he’s a wide receiver. Perhaps the height disadvantage is why the Bengals didn’t originally didn’t sign him.
He didn’t make the final cuts due to the competition at the WR spot, and was given a spot on the practice squad when no other team claimed him off waivers. When WR Jordan Shipley was placed on IR earlier in the season, Hawkins got the promotion. His clutch third down completions when the team uses 4-WR sets have made Hawkins a heavy favorite amongst fans. Plus, he’s little.
Ironically, the St. Louis Rams actually cut Hawkins early in training camp this year. Hawkins showed up to the Bengals camp ready and motivated, and now he’s going to see his most significant action today.
RB Brian Leonard, another former Ram, will not be making a homecoming against the Rams today, however. Leonard is inactive today with an injured knee. Leonard had been drafted in the second round of the 2007 draft, but the Rams traded Leonard to the Bengals for a current no-name defensive tackle Orien Harris. Harris isn’t playing football anymore. Bengals win that trade.
The other inactives are LB Dontay Moch, T Andre Smith, FB Chris Pressley, G Otis Hudson, S Robert Sands, and WR A. Caldwell.
T Anthony Collins will make his second consecutive start in place of the injured Andre Smith. It’s unknown what the Bengals will choose to do at the open fullback position, they may use 4th-stinger Cedric Peerman or a rotation of tight ends. G Clint Boling is active for the first time since game 4 (Buffalo). Fellow rookie WR Ryan Whalen is active for the first time since game 3 (San Fransisco).