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Barry Church on Allen Hurns: ‘He’s a great slot receiver with the ability to play outside’

NFL: Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars strong safety Barry Church recently joined Dennis & Cowlishaw on KESN-FM 103.3 ESPN to talk about the Dallas Cowboys, the possibility of cutting Dez Bryant, and their newest wide receiver Allen Hurns.

Among the highlights of the interview, he spoke about Hurns’ natural position in an offense, how he is in the locker room, and more. Thanks to the folks at Dallas News for transcribing the good parts.

What’s the scouting report on former Jaguars teammate Allen Hurns?

Church: ”What [the Cowboys are] going to get in that guy — he was definitely one of the hardest workers out of our locker room last year. He had a lot of bumps and bruises throughout the season, and he didn’t complain once. He just went back out there and did his job, and did his job really well.”

“To me, he’s more of an inside slot receiver who can also play outside. It’s going to be interesting to see how they put him in there just because you guys got a great slot receiver already in [Cole] Beasley. So, it’s going to be interesting to see how they do him.”

”But, in my opinion, he’s a great slot receiver with the ability to play outside. He’s a good blocker, ultimate teammate, so there’s a great pickup for the Cowboys.”

Why do you think he’s better in the slot?

Church: ”That’s just where I saw him do a lot of his damage this season. It was my first year playing with him, and first year really kind of watching him out there, and I felt like he was able to get open more and basically be able to find the ball more being in the slot.”

”He was a key guy on third downs for us. He’s one of our leading receiver on third down, and that’s where he worked out of — the slot. I feel like he did a lot of his damage in there, and best damage in there.”

You can listen to the full interview here on