The Cowboys after cutting Dez Bryant, now have some fresh faces at the receiving core. Which leaves to question, Who can we expect to be the go to guy for Dak Prescott? All fingers so far are pointing to newly acquired free agent Allen Hurns. Hurns stands in at 6ft 3in weighing in at 202 lbs. So he does provide the same type of frame/build we were accustomed to with Dez. In a lot of ways his play-style is very similar to Dez with his physicality on and off the line.
Hurns has the ability to play both inside and outside positions as a receiver. Which I hope to see utilized in packages where opposing defenses load up the box for Zeke. What stands out with Hurns is that he has a knack for making catches in traffic and will use his hands at the line of scrimmage to create separation. Hurns last year was averaging 12.4 yards per catch accompanied alongside a catch percentage of 72%! Which left him sitting at 484 yards receiving through 10 games before suffering a high ankle sprain that took him out for the remainder of the season. Pro Football Focus has Hurns ranked in the top 25 among his receiving peers. They also show him as having the best run blocking ability of the Cowboy’s receivers. Which will benefit this run heavy offense Dallas uses.
*Pro Football Focus is a website the specializes in thorough analysis of stats for the National Football League
The main concern for Hurns is that he has to stay healthy. He has suffered other foot, and leg injuries that caused him to miss time the past two years. The injuries have thankfully not been anything that required major surgery. I view Hurns as a low risk and high reward option for the Cowboys due to his abilities. Playing across from a receiver as great as Allen Robinson, Hurns was still able to shine, and many saw him as a potential #1 receiving option if he was to land on another team. With Dallas needing someone to step in at the receiving position, Hurns will now get the opportunity to be the that #1 option.
As long as Hurns can stay healthy we can hope to see him replicate his 2015 season where he eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark and finished with 10 touchdowns.
July 13, 2018 at 8:32 am
It’s the first time in a long time they go into a season not knowing the #1 WR let alone the #1 TE…. as fans we’re definitely not used to this uncertainty but I’m excited and nervous at the same time, hopefully Hurns pans at as the threat he looks like he could consistently be and Dallas surprises a lot of opponents like they did 2 seasons ago.