Five receivers were selected in the first round of May’s draft.
None are having as productive a preseason as Jaguars undrafted rookie Allen Hurns, a former Miami standout.
Actually, no receiver in the NFL can touch Hurns’ preseason output. The 22-year-old Hurns has caught 13 passes for a league-best 230 yards and one touchdown through the first three preseason games. He’s averaging 17.7 yards per catch. Hurns has 45 more receiving yards than any other player in the league.
Jaguars coach Gus Bradley has been impressed with Hurns’ play, but also the manner in which he has handled his early success.
“Really good,” Bradley said. “I just talked to him in the locker room [Sunday]. He just feels that there are so many other areas that he can get better at. I think for him he just wants to do everything right, not to let his teammates down. He goes out there at practice. He wants to be perfect. He doesn’t want to be in the wrong place and almost a perfectionist in many ways.”
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Hurns shined in the third preseason game at Detroit on Friday, catching seven passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. Most of his production came against Detroit’s first-team defense.
“He has good instincts and is really driven,” Bradley said. “We saw it in OTAs – some of the quarterbacks said they really like him. They felt like this guy is a diamond in the rough. Just trust us on this. He has some talent. I think the cool thing for him was it was against the ones. He went out there and performed at that level.”
By Hays Carlyon (Hays Carlyon’s Blog) August 27, 2014 – 10:18am