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Allen Hurns Signs With Cowboys; Full Scouting Report On New Receiver

FRISCO, Texas – After taking a free-agent visit to Dallas on Wednesday, wide receiver Allen Hurns has signed a two-year contract with the Cowboys.

Hurns, 26, was released by the Jaguars on Tuesday after starting 42 games in Jacksonville over the last four seasons, posting 2,669 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns in four seasons. Hurns reportedly drew interest from other teams, including the Jets, who were expected to visit with him this week.

Jacksonville signed Hurns to a $40 million extension in 2016 after he posted a 1,000-yard, 10-touchdown season, but injuries sidelined him for 11 games over the past two years. 

Hurns joins a crowded Cowboys receiving group that now includes Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, 2016 draft picks Ryan Switzer and Noah Brown, Lance Lenoir and recently-signed veteran Deonte Thompson. Brice Butler is a free agent.

Bryan Broaddus' Scouting Report

Name: Allen Hurns
Position:Wide Receiver
Weight: 201
Draft: Signed undrafted with Jacksonville in 2014

  • Very competitive. This guy goes hard every snap. He's not afraid to get in the face of defenders. He has taken some big hits and got up to tell the defender he's good. Physical toughness.
  • Hurns doesn't have great playing speed or quickness. Where he does show some quickness is his inside routes from the slot. It takes him a little time to get going down the field. He doesn't play with much vertical separation. Again, his best routes are in the middle and outside.
  • He has the body control to make adjusting receptions. Often, his quarterback did him no favors. They only used him a couple of times on option routes from the slot. Again, the lack of quickness shows here.
  • Outstanding leaping ability. You don't see him getting those 50/50 shots like Dez Bryant, but when he goes up, he comes down with it.
  • He got stopped on a couple of fourth down receptions where they needed him to fight for that yard, but his strength is not a problem. He runs routes like Dez – kind of all over the place. There's not much sharpness to them. He runs less slants but think of Dez and that's what you have. A big guy trying to look smooth.
  • Hurns is a natural hands catcher. He will extend to make the catch. He had a couple of drops that were his fault, but he will make the contested catch in traffic.
  • Like Dez, he has had some big games and stretches where he did not do too much. They didn't move him around as much as I thought they would.
  • It's amazing how similar the two players are. I have no idea about his smarts but film didn't show any major busts.
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