Hurns has elected to opt out of the 2020 season, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. In a statement via Twitter, Hurns noted that he made the decision with what's best for his family in mind. The 28-year-old hauled in 32 passes for 416 yards and two TDs in 14 games with the Dolphins last season. With Hurns having opted out, DeVante Parker, Preston Williams and Albert Wilson currently top the team's wideout depth chart.
Hurns projects for a backup role in 2020, Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald reports. Hurns opened last season in a part-time role and elevated to the No. 2 receiver job after Preston Williams suffered an ACL tear in Week 9. The 28-year-old had an efficient season with a 68.1 percent catch rate and 8.9 yards per target, but he never topped five catches or 68 yards in any one game, ultimately catching 32 passes on 522 offensive snaps. Given that he signed a two-year extension in November, Hurns figures to keep his roster spot in 2020, though the extent of his role may depend on Williams' recovery. The Dolphins might also consider using Hurns in the slot, especially if Albert Wilson becomes a cap casualty. Hurns' experience playing both inside and outside makes him useful as a No. 4 receiver, capable of filling in at any of the WR spots. He should be fully recovered from the ankle and neck injuries that caused him to miss Week 17 last season.
Hurns (ankle/neck) is inactive for Sunday's Week 17 tilt against the Patriots. The young veteran headed into the weekend with a legitimate questionable tag, but he apparently didn't show enough in pregame warmups to warrant active status. Hurns signed a contract extension with the Dolphins earlier this season and finished the campaign with a 32-416-2 line on 47 targets, stepping up his play in the second half of the season. His absence Sunday could lead to an uptick in snaps and targets for isaiah Ford and Albert Wilson.
Hurns (ankle/neck) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post reports. Hurns was listed as a limited participant in practice throughout the week, preventing him from earning clearance in advance of the season finale. In the event the 28-year-old ultimately avoids the inactive list, he should see a fair amount of snaps in a four-man receiver rotation that also includes DeVante Parker, Albert Wilson and Isaiah Ford.
Hurns (ankle/neck) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. Hurns has logged back-to-back limited practice sessions. The 28-year-old will likely manage to play through his injuries during Sunday's regular-season finale against the Patriots, in which case he'll play his usual role as Miami's No. 3 wideout.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||@New England Patriots||10||20.63|
|3||09/26||@Las Vegas Raiders||23||24.25|
|5||10/10||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19||23.50|
|11||11/21||@New York Jets||18||23.13|
|13||12/05||New York Giants||9||20.38|
|15||12/19||New York Jets||18||23.13|
|16||12/27||@New Orleans Saints||16||22.00|
|18||01/09||New England Patriots||10||20.63|
|3 Year Avg||28||17||237||1||10||13.94||29|