Oct 26, 2014; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns (88) catches the ball prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports
4) Allen Hurns, WR
A pleasant undrafted surprise, Allen Hurns exploded onto the scene in 2014. Starting in the preseason, Hurns was showcasing his physical, fighting approach to the wide receiver position against second-teamers before getting a shot at showing he can do it against NFL starters as well. His first game against the Philadelphia Eagles saw him put up 110 yards on four receptions with two touchdowns. He finished the year with 677 yards, 51 receptions, and six touchdowns. He was the most productive receiver for the Jaguars.
So why will Hurns be much improved in 2015?
The problem for Hurns is the opportunities he left on the table. He caught just 56% of the balls targeted at him. Of those targets he got his hands on, he managed to drop seven of them.
With an offseason of work the hope is that Hurns can prove he’s worth starting for 16 games. With injury concerns to Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson, Hurns must prove that he can cut into the time they may take off. He played in all 16 games last season and started eight. I expect to see the starts jump up, especially if he has been working on his catching this offseason. He’s primed for a breakout, but it’s up to him to prove it. Expect him to prove able.
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