The Jacksonville Jaguars seem to have a lot of talent at the wide receiver position, especially with the emergence of fourth round pick Dede Westbrook and undrafted rookie free agent Keelan Cole. This has allowed the Jaguars to kind of mitigate the loss of Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns to some slight injuries in the preseason.
There was something peculiar with Hurns this past week however, that has some people thinking it’s possible that Allen Hurns is on the trading block.
That's my guess. We talked about that last night on radio, too. https://t.co/zHgil8xUfl— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) August 23, 2017
Hurns went down during the Jaguars joint practices with the New England Patriots, getting his legs tangled up. Naturally he missed the next practice and the game, but the week leading up to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers he seemed to be practicing in full. Not only that, but when it was announced that Lee would miss the second preseason game with an injury, Hurns was listed as the starter prior to the game.
Hurns was fully dressed and active for the game, but didn’t play a single snap. In his place, Cole ran out with the first team offense, as well as Shane Wynn getting some play. There’s been no talk of Hurns being hurt or why he wouldn’t have played, and by all accounts he’s practice this entire week as well.
If he doesn’t play again on Thursday against the Carolina Panthers, it’s going to be a pretty weird situation. One that has some people thinking that Hurns, who is due $7 million this year and no more guaranteed money after the 2017 season, could be on the trade block.
I’m not sure what you’d get in return for someone like Hurns, or if perhaps there is a player the Jaguars are interested in trading for and would include Hurns in a deal.... but, as mentioned it’s a bit of a weird situation.
It’s possible the team just isn’t risking injury with the other players being hurt and letting guys like Cole and Westbrook get more playing time, but then why not just say that?