The New England Patriots have cut former Steelers tackle Jerald Hawkins, according to a repot by Mike Reiss of ESPN.
Hawkins, 27, has had two stints with the Steelers after the club drafted him in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. The team traded him to Tampa Bay late in training camp in 2019, but the re-acquired him in 2020 after injuries to Zach Banner and Stefen Wisniewski stripped the Steelers of their offensive line depth.
Hawkins served as the Steelers’ backup tackle for most of the 2020 season and played in 13 games, but had just 76 offensive snaps on the season. He was not retained by the Steelers this offseason and signed with the New England Patriots in free agenc
The Steelers have Banner back from injury and also signed free agent Joe Haeg and drafted Dan Moore Jr. from Texas A&M to replenish their tackle depth. Haeg has struggled in camp and appears to be losing the top backup role to Moore, who worked at right tackle for the first time in camp this weekend.
Every NFL team must make four cuts to get from 90 players in camp to 85 by Tuesday.