A week after breakout performance, Allen Hurns shows his rookie colors
By Sean Wagner-McGough, Next Impulse Sports, Special to SI.com
By now, we shouldn’t expect anything less from the Jacksonville Jaguars. Still, after he posted 110 yards and two touchdowns last week against the Eagles, Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns was on target to be everyone’s next big fantasy star. Not only did he rack up over 100 yards and pull in multiple touchdowns, Hurns also managed to post that statline by only hauling in four passes on nine targets. His yards per catch was a whopping 27.5.
But, one week later, he’s off to a bit of a rough start. And so are the Jaguars.
On the Jaguars second offensive play from scrimmage, quarterback Chad Henne located a wide-open Hurns down the field. Hurns, isolated and streaking down the field, had already burned his defender, DeAngelo Hall. He was poised to open up the game with a 76-yard touchdown pass.
And for the second straight week, the Jaguars appeared to be on their way to an early lead. Of course, the Jaguars eventually blew a 17-point lead against Philadelphia last week, but hey, who is counting?
On this particular play, the throw from Henne was there; the green space ahead of Hurns was there. It appeared all the glory for Hurns was there. Unfortunately for Hurns and Jaguars fans everywhere, the catch was not there.
Look at that bobble. I’m pretty sure I can count three legitimate attempts at the ball right there.
(GIF via Deadspin)
On the very next play, Henne was sacked by Brian Orakpo and Jason Hatcher and the Jaguars were forced to punt. Not quite the kind of start Gus Bradley was hoping for. Then again, opening up a game with a big lead hasn’t worked out for the team so far this season, so maybe the Jaguars are simply trying to find a new way to lose.
Apparently, this way includes dropping 76-yard touchdown bombs and disappointing fantasy owners everywhere. Jaguars fans, however, have got to be used to this by now. The methods might change but the results are, more often than not, the same.