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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Charles Hawkins showed up at Detroit's practice facility on Monday morning with two other receivers, hoping for a shot to impress Jim Schwartz and his staff.
This happens all the time in the NFL, teams bring in players just in case. When Hawkins worked out Monday, Nate Burleson was still healthy, Chris Greenwood was still part of Detroit's practice squad and a workout appeared as if it was only that -- a workout.
Two days later, Greenwood was off to Dallas, Burleson was out indefinitely and Hawkins was the newest member of the Lions' practice squad.
"I wasn't really thinking [about it]," Hawkins said Thursday, his first day with Detroit. "I was just coming out here to have fun and just showcase my talent. Show that a small-school guy can actually play at this football level."
Hawkins had 31 catches for 467 yards and seven touchdowns his senior year at Southern, according to the NCAA website, and the 5-foot-8, 180-pound receiver felt he had a shot to make the league. He spent last month with Arizona before being part of the team's final cuts. Now he's resurfaced in Detroit trying to make enough of an impression on the practice squad.
"It kind of bothers me that I wasn't drafted or anything or that it took this long for me to get picked up," Hawkins said. "So now I use that as motivation to better myself."
And now a look at the Lions from across the Interwebs:
Starting with our coverage: Ten(ish) questions with wide receiver Kris Durham. We also take a look at where his quarterback, Matthew Stafford, has had success throwing the ball. Ndamukong Suh may not have a lot of stats, but he might be having the best season of his career. Also, the Lions drafted well in 2013 -- two rookies are in Mel Kiper's top six first-year players.
A lot has been written this week about Joseph Fauria, by myself and others. This, from Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, might be the best of the bunch and is worth your time.
Josh Katzenstein from the Detroit News writes about Israel Idonije facing his old team, the Chicago Bears. His colleague, Chris McCosky, explains why Calvin Johnson said it is not hard for him to dislike the Bears.
Andre Fluellen started boxing in his time away from the Lions, writes Kyle Meinke from MLive. Justin Rogers from MLive says Detroit hopes it finds a hidden gem in new defensive tackle D'Anthony Smith.