Dallas Cowboys: Allen Hurns set to have bounce back season
After failing to meet expectations in Jacksonville, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Allen Hurns is set up to have a bounce back season in 2018.
When the Dallas Cowboys originally signed free agent Allen Hurns back in March, fans were told it was not with the intention of replacing the team’s top wide receiver, Dez Bryant. Less than a month later, Bryant was released by the Cowboys and suddenly Hurns seemed slotted into the top spot on the depth chart.
Although, without the overpriced Bryant on the roster, Dallas should be a much more receiver-by-committee team, Hurn’s size (6-3, 201 pounds), abilities and experience should make him the Cowboys’ top receiving threat come September.
Three days before signing with Dallas, the 26-year old was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars after injuries caused him to underperform a four-year, $40 million he signed back in 2016. Hurns was awarded that extension by the Jags after he posted the best season of his pro career recording 64 receptions for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns.
By releasing Hurns, Jacksonville saved themselves $7 million in salary cap space. But they also lost one of their top young receiver threats who had proven he can post stellar numbers when healthy. Now, in Dallas, Hurns is set up to have a bounce back season as the primary target for third-year quarterback Dak Prescott.
"“If there’s one Cowboys receiver I’d like to dive in with this season, I’m going with Hurns,” wrote Adam Rank on NFL.com. ” … I really like Hurns as a sneaky breakout performer in Dallas. He’s got the burst, agility and ability to take a hit and still come up with the football. I like him to be a pleasant surprise.”"
With both Bryant and tight end Jason Witten no longer on the Cowboys’ roster, there should be plenty of targets to go around in Dallas. And Hurns should benefit from those extra looks. That’s despite the fact he is on a run-first team, with running back Ezekiel Elliott clearly leading the way offensively.
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But Allen Hurns will not be alone in revitalizing this wide receiver corps. Veterans Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams plus new additions like Tavon Austin and rookie Michael Gallup all figure to play a role in helping this Dallas Cowboys’ passing offense become much more “Dak-Friendly” in 2018.