by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
We all know the stories of the under-the-radar player who goes undrafted and ultimately rises to stardom. Just look at Victor Cruz, for instance. Everyone knew the Jaguars were going to remake their receiving corps, so spending early round selections on Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson was no surprise. However, the most impressive rookie in camp was undrafted free agent Allen Hurns who has grasped an opportunity with Robinson battling a hamstring injury.
Listed at 6’3″ and 195 lbs., Hurns played his college ball at the University of Miami. In his senior year he posted 62 catches for 1,162 yards and 6 TD, setting the school’s record for receiving yards in a season. Apparently that wasn’t enough to impress anyone, however.
Prior to the draft NFL.com predicted he would go in the seventh round or undrafted saying:
“An underneath, zone receiver, Hurns emerged as the Hurricanes’ top go-to receiver as a senior. Runs a lot of simple, stationary, short-to-intermediate routes and could have a more difficult time shaking NFL cornerbacks.”
Clearly there were questions, but it appears he answered them this preseason. He amassed 14 receptions for 232 yards and 1 TD, which alone doesn’t mean much. However his biggest game came in the third preseason game, viewed as the dress reversal and bearing the most meaning, as he racked up 7 catches for 113 yards and 1 TD.
Suddenly he’s not just an afterthought, is he?
Jacob Feldman of the Miami Herald (click here for the article) had this quote from coach Gus Bradley:
“Allen Hurns got reps with the ones, and you saw him go against our corners and he caught our eye, and now he’s really catching our eye.”
It remains to be seen what he can do when the season actually starts, but he’s put himself in position to at least get opportunities. There are no sure things on this offense, whether it’s at quarterback, running back or wide receiver. Uncertainty yields opportunity and thus far Hurns has taken advantage.
There’s no need to make a move, yet, unless you play in the deepest of formats. However he’s definitely a player to keep a close eye on as he could ultimately emerge as the best receiver the team has.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com, Miami Herald