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Morning Tailgate: Hawkins in Focus

Posted Aug 28, 2013

How will Lavelle Hawkins be used this week against San Diego?

By now you’ve probably read a handful of 53-man roster projections. It’s clear that they all differ from one another. Nobody has the same predictions and it’s hard to peg which one is most accurate.

The roster picks, much like NCAA tournament brackets, won't matter for much longer. The 49ers trim the current 75-man roster to 53 players this Saturday. The final roster battles will soon unfold in a Thursday night matchup against the San Diego Chargers.


With starters on both sides of the ball not expected to see much action, if any at all, the performances of second-team players will be the biggest storyline to track.

For example, the playing time for wide receivers like Austin Collie and Lavelle Hawkins will be a key aspect of the game. Both veterans signed with the 49ers on Aug. 2 and have been at a disadvantage compared to their fellow wideouts who’ve had the entire offseason to learn San Francisco’s playbook.

Despite being behind in learning the playbook, both receivers have enjoyed their moments in the preseason.

Collie has caught four passes for 39 yards. Hawkins has made three receptions for 42 yards.

Hawkins also returned a kick 105 yards for a touchdown last week. He was flagged twice for unsportsmanlike conduct, but he did show big-play ability.

Jim Harbaugh cautioned that Hawkins needed to not let his emotions take over.

Clearly, the wide receiver was fired up about making a splash play.

So how will Collie and Hawkins be used this week against San Diego?

“We’ll make those decisions before the game,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t want to go through today, tomorrow, who’s playing, how much they’re playing, when they’re playing, how many guys are playing at each position. We’ll trot out there and play Thursday night against the Chargers.”

To paraphrase the 49ers coach – stay tuned.

More headlines can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle looked at the progress of Corey Lemonier.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News shared Eric Reid’s comments on being named a starter.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com discussed Joe Looney’s legal block against the Vikings.

49ers.com shared Colin Kaepernick’s new commercials for EA Sports.






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