Hawkins, who had shared his intentions with the Patriots, relayed the reason for his decision on Uninterrupted, the network developed by LeBron James and his business partner, Maverick Carter.
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) July 25, 2017
“After OTAs and through summer training, my body just didn’t respond and wasn’t feeling the way it should going into camp,” the 31-year-old Hawkins said. “Basically it just started breaking down on me.”
Hawkins was trying to crack a crowded wide receiver depth chart, with Julian Edelman, Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Danny Amendola at the top, and was considered a bubble player to make the roster.
Hawkins said it was a “tough call” and “bittersweet,” relaying that he is pursuing a Ph.D. in business and economics. He had made headlines in the offseason by earning his master’s degree from Columbia with a 4.0 GPA.