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Dec 4, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins (65) against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Patriots continue to tweak their roster into training camp. On Friday, the team signed offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins, which was first reported by Mike Reiss of ESPN.

A fourth-round pick by the Steelers in 2016, Hawkins has played 19 NFL games over the past three seasons. After three years in Pittsburgh, he had short stints with the Texans and Buccaneers before returning to the Steel City in 2020.

Last season was Hawkins’ most involved in the NFL. The LSU product played in a career-high 13 games, totaling 76 snaps on offense and five on special teams.

Hawkins was in Foxborough for a workout with the Patriots earlier this week, according to Reiss. He’s expected to compete with Korey Cunningham, Yodny Cajuste, and William Sherman for a depth tackle spot on the roster.

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