The Carolina Panthers made a move this morning to add cornerback Josh Hawkins to their practice squad, and waived defensive end Kiante Anderson in a corresponding move, according to Jourdan Rodrigue.
The Panthers have released ECU DE Kiante Anderson from the practice squad and signed CB Josh Hawkins as the corresponding move.— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) September 4, 2018
Hawkins had been with the Packers since they signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2016 until he was cut over the weekend.
Hawkins, an undrafted rookie in 2016, spent the last two years on the Packers’ active roster, suiting up for 26 games with three starts. He made 37 total tackles and broke up six passes in 2017, adding a forced fumble.
Hawkins joins Cole Luke as the second cornerback on the Panthers practice squad. With only five cornerbacks on the active roster, it makes sense to stash a few guys in the practice squad in case injuries happen. With the experience that Hawkins has playing in Green Bay, there’s a chance that he will replace Lorenzo Doss—someone with fewer games played in his career—on the active roster despite Doss’ hall of fame potential.
There’s also a chance that Hawkins is only here a week. Either way, we’ll let you know if anything develops from this story. Stay tuned.