Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hurns a Member of 'Able Family'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hurns a Member of 'Able Family'

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

What remains constant around the Jaguars: Allen Hurns taking advantage of his teammates' injuries.

Last year, Hurns went from undrafted free agent to two touchdowns in Week 1 because Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson were unavailable during the off-season and training camp.

The opening-game performance catapulted Hurns to a 51-catch, 677-yard, six-touchdown season.

This year, Hurns has continued his trajectory, partly because Lee (knee), Robinson (foot), Bryan Walters (hamstring) and Damian Copeland (quad) missed all nine OTAs or were slowed at some point.

Front office types - personnel executives, scouts, etc. - grade a player's talent.

Coaches base a large part of their opinion on what long-time (and recently retired) NFL assistant Al Saunders called "being part of the Able Family."

Hurns is always available.

He played in all 16 games last year and didn't miss a game-week practice; he was concussed in Week 10 against Dallas, but a bye week followed.

Especially when trying to learn a new offense, getting - and staying - on the field is vital.

It's only June 14, but my receiver Trust Chart (not depth chart) would be 1. Robinson; 2. Hurns and 3. Rashad Greene.

"I'm feeling really confident out there making plays," Hurns said. "I just feel really good in this system. [New coordinator Greg Olson] has done a great job of opening things up to letting us run different routes. It's a fun offense to play in."

Hurns said Olson has introduced "a lot of formations, but we've been putting in the time to study and we've been on it - it's not like we've had a lot of mental errors."

Before receiving the new playbook, Hurns' focus during the winter was his route-running.

"Just working on getting in and out of my breaks faster to create separation against the corner," he said. "In this league, that's what you need to do."

The expectation is Hurns will need to win his match-ups against outside cornerbacks, but ...

"I'm pretty flexible," he said. "They've told me to be ready to play everything."

Expect Hurns to be ready.

GUS' SPECIAL GUEST

Coach Gus Bradley had a guest at Thursday's OTA - Jaguars fan Ashley Gething, 26, who is battling brain cancer and attended the workout with her parents. …

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