Even after having a down season, Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns of the Jacksonville Jaguars are still held in high regard by Reggie Wayne.
After the 2015 regular season closed, it would have been rather easy to make a case for the Jacksonville Jaguars as the most promising young offense in the NFL. Blake Bortles had just compiled the most statistically productive season for a quarterback in Jaguars history, Allen Robinson made the Pro Bowl, and Allen Hurns put up 1,000 yards in his second season after going undrafted.
Things nosedived dramatically for all 3 players in 2016, but the talent of those three players is still hard to ignore. Robinson and Hurns in particular have shown traits that lend themselves to long, productive careers in the NFL.
In a recent piece for NFL.com, Reggie Wayne reminisced about lining up alongside Marvin Harrison before drafting out his top 5 receiving duos in the NFL. Somewhat surprisingly, the Allens made the cut:
"5) Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, Jacksonville JaguarsRobinson in 2016: 73 receptions for 883 yards and six touchdowns.Hurns in 2016: 35 receptions for 477 yards and three touchdowns (in 11 games).I know this tandem’s production significantly dropped from 2,431 combined yards in 2015 to just 1,360 in 2016, but I like the way these two play. This pair has accomplished a lot in spite of inconsistent quarterback play from Blake Bortles. After missing the final five games of 2016, Hurns is healthy and should return to 2015 form. The Jaguars selected Leonard Fournette in the draft and will likely put more emphasis on the run game, opening up the field for the Allen boys to make a splash in 2017."
As Wayne talks about, a significant portion of the receiving tandem’s production is heavily dependent on the play of the quarterback.
That being said, it’s interesting that the number 1 (New York Giants) and number 2 (Denver Broncos) duos are producing despite average-to-mediocre quarterback play as well.
Hurns had injuries as a reasonable excuse in 2016, but Robinson was just an overall disappointment. He showed a startling knack for drops that he hadn’t in his first two years and he looked frustrated at times.
While it would help them if Bortles starts to play better in 2017, the Allens are far too talented to have another season as poor as 2016. They’ll bounce back and both flirt with 1,000 yards again in 2017.