Aug 28, 2015; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns (88) celebrates with wide receiver Allen Robinson (15) after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Detroit Lions at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns are both powerful, young wide receivers for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Entering their second seasons in the NFL, they are poised for improvement. Quarterback Blake Bortles has stepped up his game and it looks like the Jags passing attack will take a big leap forward in his second year.
Both Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns look to be the primary beneficiaries of the improved Bortles as the season ramps up. Tight end Julius Thomas, also expected to be a major player in the Jaguars passing attack, is going to miss up to the first month of the season which gives a lot more attention to the top two wide receivers.
So far this offseason, almost all the hype has centered around Allen Robinson. He’s an excellent candidate for a breakout season in just his second year and he was the primary target for Bortles before he finished the 2014 season on injured reserve.
Meanwhile, Allen Hurns has quietly put together a strong offseason of work and gotten ready for the 2015 season under the radar. He ultimately ended up leading the Jaguars in receiving yards during his rookie season as a raw talent. 2015 could see further improvement.
Both of these players are candidates to get above 1000 yards receiving, joining Jaguars great Jimmy Smith after many years of futility for Jags receivers.
Let’s examine them in depth to see who may end up leading the Jaguars in Week 1.
Next: The primary option