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Browns a better team with Hawkins

3/18/2014

The Cleveland Browns' offense got better again on Tuesday.

When the Cincinnati Bengals declined to match the offer sheet the Browns gave him, receiver Andrew Hawkins became a Brown. In four days, the team added Hawkins and a starting running back in Ben Tate.

Hawkins steps into the slot/third-receiver role that Davone Bess made such a mess of a year ago. Hawkins is younger, faster and better after the catch than Bess. He’s a playmaker, and an offense can never have enough playmakers.

The Browns so far in free agency have added Donte Whitner, Karlos Dansby and Isaiah Trufant on defense, and Tate and now Hawkins on offense.

The offensive guys are more significant, because the Browns pretty much had Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron and nothing else in 2013. Now they have a legitimate back to run the ball and a third-down receiver to catch the ball. Both have to stay healthy, but so do Gordon and Cameron.

On paper, the Browns are a better team than a week ago.

And that’s a good start to an offseason.