Allen Hurns Posts His Second Two-Touchdown Game Of The Season
Allen Hurns, an undrafted rookie, opened many eyes with is Week 1 performance. The Jaguar receiver caught four passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns, putting his playmaking ability on display. However, Hurns averaged just 35 yards a game from Weeks 2 to 8, while scoring just one touchdown in that stretch.
In Week 9, against the highly-touted Cincinnati Bengals, Hurns stepped up once again, proving that the first game was no simple fluke. Hurns recorded seven receptions for 112 yards and two touchdowns. The numbers still do not show how well Hurns played; many of his catches were contested. At 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, Hurns is not by any means an big receiver, but he was able to outmuscle opposing corners with consistency.
With Cecil Shorts and the Jaguars' two second-round picks, Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson, all competing for playing time, it is amazing how Hurns have found a way to get extensive reps. The Jaguars lacked playmaking ability on the offense last year, but with four capable receivers, a shifty running back, and a quarterback of the future, they can now focus on other issues, like their line and secondary play.
Hurns is not physically superior to many cornerbacks, but he has a knack for the ball. He just wants it more than everybody else. With five touchdowns at the midway point, he may have more scores in his rookie season than he had in his final year of college (6). He did have 1162 yards, though, which he is unlikely to top. Fellow receivers Shorts and Lee have been dealing with injuries, but both will look to play more often in the second half of the season.
2014 Projection: 50 Receptions, 710 Yards, 8 Touchdowns