You may know him as the other “Allen” in the Jaguars receiving corps, but this kid came into the NFL with bad intentions, and doesn’t plan to take a backseat to anyone.
After going undrafted in 2014, Hurns signed with Jacksonville as a rookie free agent and promptly caught 4 passes, for 110 yards, and 2 touchdowns in his first game as a pro.
The experts quickly tagged that game as a fluke, and said it would be better to place your money on the more talented and athletic, Allen Robinson.
They may have been right about Robinson, but they were dead wrong about Hurns, as he finished the season with 51 catches, for 677 yards, and 6 touchdowns.
Hurns was a track star in high school, and won the Jack Harding Award as the Miami Hurricanes Most Valuable Player after setting the school’s single-season receiving yards record with 1,162 during his senior season in college.
“It hurt. I can’t lie.” Hurns said about going undrafted. “To this day, I’m always going to remember that day. It’s just one of those things, growing up as a child, you always want to hear your name called on draft day.”
His combine numbers were nothing special, as he ran a 4.5 40 yard dash, had a 31 inch vertical, 120 inch broad jump, and managed 14 reps on the bench press.
The experts didn’t seem overly impressed with his skills either as they claimed he was, narrow – framed and non-physical, struggled to separate against tight man coverage, lacked polish and precision in his routes, had average burst out of his breaks, was not a burner, had limited long speed, and was a soft blocker.
Sometimes the analysts fail to see the intangibles however, and as we’ve learned since then, Hurns has plenty of “it”.Whatever that is, allowed him to haul in 10 touchdowns , on 64 receptions, and 1,031 yards last year, in just his second NFL season.
Alongside fellow sophomore sensations, Quarterback Blake Bortles and Receiver Allen Robinson, it seems clear that Hurns has a long way to go before he hits his peak.
We will see if he still has that same drive after signing a 4 year, $40 million extension, and becoming the highest paid receiver in Jaguars history.
A Tweet from Hurns earlier today: “External things can only push you so far, got to want it from within.”
Lets us know that he is anything but satisfied, and if he stays hungry, and believes in his own words, instead of those from the doubters, he could find himself pushing to be not only the best receiver on this team, but in the league as a whole.