Released by the Jaguars on March 20 and signed to a two-year, $11 million contract just a few days later, Hurns may end up assuming the No. 1 receiver mantle in Dallas, though the team figures to take a close look at the top wideouts in the upcoming draft. Terrance Williams is recovering from foot surgery after failing to score a single touchdown last season, while Cole Beasley is a slot specialist and fellow offseason addition Deonte Thompson profiles as a low-volume deep threat. Hurns offers the most complete skill set of the bunch, boasting career marks of 8.0 yards per target and 51.3 receiving yards per game, with experience both outside and in the slot. He was held to 74 catches for 961 yards and five touchdowns over 21 games the past two seasons, but injuries were a big part of the problem both years, and Blake Bortles was simply awful in 2016. The 26-year-old wideout figures to be an important part of a Dallas offense that wants to throw downfield more often this upcoming season, as he's likely ticketed for a starting job even if the team uses its first-round pick on another receiver.
Released by the Jaguars earlier in the week, Hurns didn't take long to find a new team. He caught only 74 passes for 961 yards and five touchdowns in 21 games the past two seasons, but he did at least rebound from an efficiency standpoint in 2017, hauling in 39 of 56 targets (69.7 percent) for 484 yards (8.6 YPT) and two touchdowns. The 26-year-old joins a Dallas wideout group that already includes Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley and recent signing Deonte Thompson. All three incumbents are coming off down seasons, but only Beasley, a slot specialist, can be released without a dead cap charge above $7 million, per OverTheCap. Hurns mostly played outside during his productive 2014 and 2015 campaigns, but he also looked comfortable as the Jaguars' primary slot receiver last year.
Hurns will visit the Cowboys on Wednesday, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.
Hurns was originally slated to visit the Jets, but with a snowstorm on its way to New York on Wednesday he opted to redirect to Dallas. The 26-year-old would join Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley in the team's receiving corps if he signs with the Cowboys.
Hurns will visit the Jets on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.
Hurns was released by the Jaguars earlier Tuesday and won't waste any time in his search for a new team. The 26-year-old hauled in 39 of 56 passes for 484 yards (8.6 YPT) and two scores in 10 games last season. If he signs with the Jets, Hurns would compete with Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse and Quincy Enunwa (neck) for targets.
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.
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