Hurns caught both of his targets for 40 total yards during Sunday's 27-20 win over Philadelphia. Hurns helped set up a last-second touchdown just before halftime when he toe-tapped along the sideline for a 17-yard completion to bring Dallas to the 1-yard line. Hurns has suffered the most with the arrival of Amari Cooper, seeing just three targets in two games. He's made some clutch catches with those targets but seems to be the odd man out in Dallas, making him a tough fantasy play -- even Sunday against Atlanta's bottom-five pass defense.
Hurns was targeted once during Monday's 28-14 loss to Tennessee, recording a 23-yard touchdown catch. Hurns tied the game at 14 in the closing seconds of the first half, slipping behind the defense and sauntering in for the 23-yard score. It marked his only target following a season-high six in Week 7. It's hard to read too much into one game, but in one outing with Amari Cooper leading the receiving corps, Hurns was widely ignored while Cole Beasley and rookie Michael Gallup in general maintained their targets. While this may shift more in his favor in future weeks, Hurns is not a reliable option right now -- even with a weak Philadelphia pass defense up Sunday.
Hurns could see his snap count fall following the acquisition of Amari Cooper. The Cowboys had finally settled on Hurns and rookie Michael Gallup as their regular outside receivers, but with Cooper coming in and expected to immediately become Dak Prescott's No. 1 target, the two holdovers will be fighting for the other starting spot. Hurns is coming off his best performance of the season, catching five of six targets for 74 yards in Washington. While on paper, he makes a strong possession complement to Cooper's more explosive skill set -- potentially filling the role Michael Crabtree did opposite Cooper in Oakland the last few years, or that Hurns himself did opposite Allen Robinson in Jacksonville -- the team won't want to neglect Gallup's development.
Hurns caught five of six targets for 74 yards during Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Redskins. Hurns finished second on the team in targets, catches and yardage in what was a nice bounce-back performance after he was shut out last week. He came into the game with just 84 receiving yards through his first six outings, so this comfortable season high indicates that he could be working his way into the offensive gameplan. Hurns will enjoy a bye next week before taking on the Titans in Week 9.
Hurns did not convert any of his five targets during Sunday's 40-7 win over the Jaguars. Just days following his criticism of a Week 5 play call, Hurns found himself without a catch. The first-year Cowboy has nabbed just 36 percent of his targets this season while fellow target Cole Beasley asserts himself as the option to own in Dallas' receiving corps. There is little reason to expect Hurns to blow up Sunday as the Cowboys take on a Washington defense ranked ninth in opponent passing yards per game.
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