Hurns' contract made him a candidate for release even before the Jaguars re-signed Marqise Lee and added Donte Moncrief to bolster a receiving corps that also includes promising second-year players Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook. Hurns came into the league in 2014 as an undrafted free agent and caught 115 passes for 1,708 yards and 16 touchdowns over his first two seasons, prompting a four-year, $40.65 million extension in June of 2016. He's managed only 961 yards and five touchdowns in 21 games since signing the contract, with injuries and Lee's emergence both playing a role in the lack of production. Hurns should draw plenty of interest on the open market, as he'll celebrate his 27th birthday in November and at least was productive on a per-target basis in 10 games last season, catching 39 of 56 passes for 484 yards (8.6 YPT) and two scores.
Hurns could be released this offseason, James Koh of NFL Newtork reports.
Hurns went undrafted back in 2014 and quickly burst onto the scene with 1,708 yards and 16 touchdowns over his first two seasons, prompting the Jaguars to give him a four-year, $40.65 million extension in June of 2017. He's since been limited to 961 yards and five touchdowns in 21 appearances, producing only 7.3 yards per target while missing 15 games due to injury the past two years. Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee are both set to become unrestricted free agents, but Jacksonville nonetheless has some flexibility at wideout after getting solid rookie seasons out of Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook. Having already received all the guaranteed money in his contract, Hurns probably would need to accept a significant pay cut on his $7 million salary to stay in Jacksonville. The Jaguars can afford to take a wait-and-see approach, perhaps angling for a pay cut rather than a release if they're unable to re-sign Robinson or Lee.
Hurns brought in one of two targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 45-42 AFC divisional-round win over the Steelers.
Hurns was a non-factor for a second consecutive postseason game after getting shut out of the stat sheet altogether in last Sunday's wild-card victory over the Bills. The University of Miami product struggled with an ankle injury during the latter stages of the regular season, leading to a second straight subpar campaign following a 64-catch, 1,031-yard, 10-touchdown effort in 2015. Hurns has just four grabs for 50 yards between Week 17 and Sunday's divisional-round victory, and he'll lneed to step up his production considerably for the Jaguars to have a better chance of pulling a road upset in next Sunday's AFC championship showdown against the Patriots.
Hurns failed to bring in the only target he saw in Sunday's 10-3 AFC wild-card win over the Bills.
It was an utterly forgettable day for the Jaguars' passing game as a whole, and particularly for the starting wideout duo of Hurns and Marqise Lee. Neither play brought in the sole target each saw, a rarity to say the least for a starting receiver in today's pass-centric NFL. Hurns will look to significantly improve his contributions in next Sunday's AFC divisional-round road tilt against the Steelers, but he notably brought in two of just three targets for 21 yards in a Week 5 victory against Pittsburgh that was dominated by a Jacksonville secondary that picked Ben Roethlisberger off on five occasions.
Hurns (ankle) brought in three of five targets for 38 yards in Sunday's 15-10 loss to the Titans.
In what was his first game action since Nov. 12, Hurns led all Jaguars' wideouts in receiving yards despite a modest total. The Jacksonville passing game was largely kept in check by an inspired Titans defensive effort, so Hurns' unspectacular production wasn't necessarily a sign of the receiver not being 100 percent. Despite the defeat, it was encouraging for Hurns to get back into game action prior to the postseason, a development that ultimately was more important than the final score. Now seemingly back at full health, Hurns will look to play a pivotal role in next Sunday's AFC wild-card battle against the Bills.
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