Make no mistake, the Jaguars are trying every way possible to rid themselves of their losing past and upgrade where ever as possible, as soon as possible. That continued Tuesday, when the team decided to part with four year veteran wideout Allen Hurns in a salary cap move.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter had the news first:
Jaguars are releasing WR Allen Hurns, per source. Strong market expected for him.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 20, 2018
Hurns battled a high ankle sprain last season, and played in 10 games with just 39 catches 484 yards and two touchdowns. Hurns’ best season was 2015 with 64 receptions for 1,031 yards and 10 TDs, but clearly, he’s not been close to being that receiver the last two seasons in Jacksonville.
This is especially when, the Jaguars made moves last week to bring back speedy wide receiver Marqise Lee and sign fellow receiver Donte Moncrief away from the Colts. And, when you factor in that the team drafted DeDe Westbrook a year ago, whom they believe will blossom into a speed threat, as a third receiver and in the slot going forward.
Also the Jags got great usage out of young un-drafted receiver Keelan Cole who ended the year with 42 catches and a tremendous 17.2 avg. and also utilized Jaydon Mickens, who they got off waivers during the year, down the stretch of 2017, too.
Continuing, Jacksonville already made the decision last week to let Allen Robinson walk away in free agency to the Bears.
So, there is no dispute now, a complete overhaul has taken place at the spots that Robinson and Hurns mainly occupied over the last three-four seasons.
And for coach Doug Marrone, but more importantly, offensive coordinator Nate Hackett and receivers coach Keenan McCardell, this represents that the 2018 Jaguars offense will have a different corp of players to try to enhance Blake Bortles’ chances to succeed, especially with downfield throws.
It will definitely be different for fans of the Jaguars to not have “the two Allen’s” out there like the last few years, but it looks, at least on paper, like the Jaguars have some dangerous weapons that will make them cheer just as loudly.
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