Hurns said he is healthy and has put on some extra muscle to avoid the hamstring injuries that plagued him last season, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.
Signed to a four-year, $40 million contract last offseason, Hurns followed up his 2015 breakout with an absolute dud in 2016, catching only 35 of 76 targets for 477 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games. His struggles contributed to the emergence of Marqise Lee, who now looms as a serious threat to Hurns' status as the No. 2 receiver. It is possible there will be enough targets to keep all three of Hurns, Lee and No. 1 wideout Allen Robinson happy, as the Jaguars don't boast much in the way of pass-catching talent in the backfield or tight end corps. While unlikely to replicate his 2015 stat line of 64 catches for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns in 15 games, Hurns should at least re-emerge as a useful part of the offense and a viable deep threat, after producing a miserable 6.3 yards per target with a 46-percent catch rate last season.
Hurns (hamstring) will train with Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson next week, The Florida Times-Union reports.
Hurns missed the final five games of last season with a hamstring injury, but there's been no report of surgery and nothing to suggest that the issue will impact his offseason program. With Hurns, Robinson and Bortles all looking to bounce back from massively disappointing 2016 campaigns, this is shaping up as a make-or-break year for the young Jacksonville offense. Fellow wideout Marqise Lee did enjoy a breakout season amidst the chaos, thereby giving Hurns and Robinson more competition for targets than they had back in 2015. There should still be plenty to go around -- especially if the Jags don't use a high draft pick on a tight end or a pass-catching back. The team begins its offseason program April 10.
Hurns will thus finish the 2016 campaign having sat out the team's final six games of the season with his hamstring injury. After a breakout 2015 season that saw him post career highs in receptions (64), yards (1,031) and touchdowns (10), Hurns' was unable to produce anything resembling those numbers in the current campaign while dealing with his injury and ineffective play from QB Blake Bortles.
Hurns (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's season finale against the Colts.
Despite the official questionable designation, the Florida Times-Union relays that the wideout is slated to miss Sunday's game after not practicing all week. Hurns will thus finish the 2016 season with 35 catches (on 76 targets) for 477 yards and three touchdowns over the course of 11 games.
Hurns (hamstring) did not practice Thursday.
Hurns is thus trending toward missing another game, a notion that should be cemented upon the release of Friday's injury report in advance of Sunday's contest against the Colts.
|P1||8/10/17||@ NE||7:30 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ ATL||7:00 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|7||10/22/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|11||11/19/17||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ ARI||4:25 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
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