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What Happens if WR Allen Hurns Doesn’t Pan Out?

Brian Martin

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What Happens if WR Allen Hurns Doesn't Pan Out?
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The Dallas Cowboys pretty much revamped their entire wide receiver position this offseason. No one really knows what to expect from this new group of receivers this season, but one thing is for sure, Allen Hurns is expected to be a big part of the Cowboys offense.

With Dez Bryant no longer part of the equation, Allen Hurns is expected to replace quite a bit of his lost production. Unfortunately, Hurns lack of production these last couple years should be concerning for Cowboys fans.

In the last two years, Allen Hurns has failed to surpass 400 receiving yards or score more than three touchdowns with the Jacksonville Jaguars. That's not the kind of production you would expect from someone who made Dez Bryant expendable. In fact, it's basically the same kind of production the Cowboys are already getting from Terrance Williams.

Now, I completely understand no one is expecting Allen Hurns to come in and have the same kind of production as Dez Bryant, but I am expecting more than he has been able to produce the last few seasons. After all, why else would he be here?

He will no longer have to play second fiddle to Allen Robinson like he did with Jacksonville. He will be given every opportunity to be the go to WR in Dallas and become Dak Prescott's favorite target in the passing game. But, he's going to have to prove he's worthy of such a promotion first.

Allen Hurns

Dallas Cowboys WR Allen Hurns

With that in mind, what happens if Hurns doesn't pan out the way the Dallas Cowboys are expecting? Do they have a backup plan? Can someone else step up?

These of course are all questions that will need to be answered at some point in the remainder of the offseason. It could very well be detrimental to the entire team's success in 2018.

There are still high expectations for Allen Hurns, but expecting him to return to his 2015 form where he was able to accumulate over 1000 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns could be expecting a little bit too much. It would be nice if he could accomplish that feat once again, but it shouldn't be expected.

I'm not trying to put Allen Hurns down or anything. I am just trying to be realistic about what to expect from him this season and I would advise you to do the same.

There is absolutely a reason to be concerned. We'll just have to hope he is ready for a larger role than he received in Jacksonville, and if not, that the Dallas Cowboys have a fallback plan.

How do you think Allen Hurns will perform in 2018 with the Dallas Cowboys?



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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Michael Simmers

    May 28, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Pointless article…. said nothing, gave nothing.

  2. Chet

    May 28, 2018 at 9:57 am

    If Hurns doesn’t pan out then you draft a WR in the 1st round next year or what would be even better is that Noah Brown steps up and proves he’s legit. This year though it won’t matter if Hurns fails someone will get those targets and they are all going to have less drops than Dez.

  3. Ethan Chazin

    May 28, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Agree with Mike Simmers a pointless article. What does work out even mean? What are expectations? What if Beasley doesn’t have a solid season, or gallop or Deonte Thompson or TWill or any of the young unproven TEa, or…we already know the coaching staff will take a performance by committee approach to the WRs so expectations placed on all of them are to just run. Precise routes get open and be Dak friendly

  4. Chuck Wright

    May 28, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Valid concern. Worst case, Gallup gets more time out wide or Brown gets a chance to be “da man”. We will still have WR by committee for the most part. Having said that, I fully expect the 2019 starting WRs to be Hurns, Gallup and Wilson. Someone will sign Cole as an URFA and Williams will simply be allowed to walk. WR will be a priority in the 2019 draft as well.

  5. Chuck Wright

    May 28, 2018 at 11:05 am

    And I’m not sure some of the readers get it, today Hurns is WR #1. He was WR #2 the day he was signed. But if he doesn’t work, don’t be shocked if TA and Thompson don’t shine.

  6. Anthony

    May 29, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Yes this is a pointless article. First of all why are you so negative?
    Why cant he return to the 2015 form…..hes still young….if he did it before than it is true that he can do it again. NEW START…..NEW TEAM….NEW YEAR….DONT HATE SO SOON.

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Could Loaded FA Safety Market Drive Down Earl Thomas’ Value?

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Could Loaded FA Safety Class Drive Down Earl Thomas' Price Tag?

It's no secret the Dallas Cowboys and Earl Thomas share a mutual interest in one another. Thomas has publicly stated his desire to join America's Team and the Cowboys did their darndest to make that happen last offseason. Nothing ever materialized a year ago, but it's looking as if the stars have finally aligned and a union between the two could merely be just weeks away.

Surprisingly enough, the Dallas Cowboys may have dodged a bullet last year when the Seattle Seahawks refused to part ways with their All-Pro safety. Not only would they have had to surrender a high draft pick, but they would've also had to extend Thomas' contract. Fortunately, timing is everything and now the Cowboys might just have to do the latter.

A potential contract between the Cowboys and Thomas is of course what I want to dive in today. I'm not going to get into numbers right now, because it's nearly impossible to project any kind of contract for any safety this offseason, especially for the former Seahawk, Earl Thomas.

Earl Thomas

Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Right now, it's a little difficult to know who might have the advantage in contract negotiations, Earl Thomas or the Dallas Cowboys. A lot of times the one that has the leverage, however slight, is the one that gets the better of the deal. As surprising as it may be, the Cowboys might just have the advantage here and I'll tell you why.

First off, this year's market for free agent safeties is pretty stacked with starting caliber players. See below:

  • Earl Thomas
  • Landon Collins
  • Lamarcus Joyner
  • Tyrann Mathieu
  • Adrian Amos
  • Clayton Geathers
  • Ha-Ha Clinton Dix
  • Glover Quinn
  • Tre Boston
  • Kenny Vaccaro
  • George Iloka
  • Jimmie Ward
  • Adrian Phillips

Earl Thomas is obviously the headliner here amongst the free agent safeties, but having so many starting caliber players available could drive down Thomas' market value just a bit. This is especially true when you take into consideration the market for FA safeties just a year ago. It was almost a complete standstill last year, with only Kurt Coleman signing a three-year $16.5 million deal with the New Orleans Saints. Not even the "Honey Badger" Tyrann Mathieu could get more than a one-year deal.

With all of these safeties available in free agency, we could be looking at another stingy market. This of course could be good or bad news for the Dallas Cowboys, especially as it pertains to Earl Thomas. Since he is the top FA safety available, everything could once again be at a standstill until he is signed.

Earl Thomas

Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Of course, we all know this will ultimately come down to determining Earl Thomas' market value. There is no denying he is still arguably the best free safety in the game today, but there are concerns about his age (30) and the two lower leg injuries he's sustained in the past three years.

Even with the loaded free agent market of starting caliber safeties and Thomas' age and recent injury history, he's still likely to receive a contract that earns him $10 million annually, give or take. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he gets another four-year deal worth $40 million, $25.7 million guaranteed, with a $9.5 million signing bonus like he signed with the Seahawks back in 2014.

The Cowboys of course would probably find a four-year $40 million deal for Earl Thomas acceptable. They would more than likely frontload the contract with a lot of protection in the details. They have the cap space to make this happen and still be able to sign their own, so money shouldn't be a problem.

Now, whether or not Thomas' market value may dip a little due to all of the above mentioned reasons will be something we will have to wait and find out. Regardless, I'd be a little shocked if Earl Thomas doesn't finish his career with the Dallas Cowboys.

Do you think Earl Thomas' market value will take a little hit this offseason?



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Acquiring Brown Will Give Dallas Twin Turbo Terrors

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Acquiring Brown Will Give Dallas Twin Turbo Terrors

What a difference a receiver makes, right? As Dallas fans, we know the impact of a player who can shake coverage, get open, and catch the ball. How was the season going before the Cowboys pulled the trigger for Amari Cooper in the deal with the Raiders? Cooper proved to be the lightning rod and a turning point in a season that was growing increasingly dismal. Dak Prescott and Cooper went together like peanut butter and jelly, while the Cowboys stormed to a division title and a postseason berth.

Now, imagine all of that times two… maybe even two and a half if Antonio Brown could be had from the Steelers. Scary right? We understand there’s only one ball to go around but that didn’t stop Kevin Durant from joining the Warriors, did it?

As of this writing, the best online sportsbooks like Intertops, are dealing Dallas as the seventh of 16 choices to win the NFC championship at odds of 12-1. Imagine how those odds would shrink if Brown wore a Cowboys uniform next season, giving Prescott the luxury of not one upper echelon wideout but that plus an elite receiver. Hut, hut, hut and a few clouds of smoke later the Cowboys would be moving the chains or celebrating in the endzone.

Brown and Cooper would be a devastating combination with Ezekiel Elliott coming out of the backfield. Brown was made for Dallas, it gives him an even grander stage than the one he shared with Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell in Pittsburgh.

Despite the fact that the 'Boys haven’t won a Super Bowl since Barry Switzer was roaming the sidelines in the mid-90s, America’s Team still resides in Dallas. But we need a game-changer and Brown is just such an athlete. But what do we give in return and will that cost be worth whatever productive years Brown has left after this one? Let’s not forget that the mercurial Miami native will be 31 when the season begins and men who make a living with their legs don’t get better at that age. But Brown is so good and so unique that, even if he drops half a click, he's still amongst the best in the game.

That level of talent is hard to replicate and it could be the missing piece which allows Dallas to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender next season and the year after.

However, up to this point, we’ve been very good at dreaming of a Brown to Dallas trade but haven’t quite worked out the details. It takes two to tango and if we expect to get the Steelers’ attention we need to give them something valuable in return. Dallas surrendered their first-round pick (27th) this season when they traded for Cooper so that’s no longer an asset.

Pittsburgh would be vying for a first-round pick (and likely more) for Brown's services but some have speculated Dallas would consider dealing rookie-standout Leighton Vander Esch.

Wait... what? We know, you’re clutching your pearls, and the words are stuck in your gasp. We get it. The kid was a home run this past season, leading the Dallas defense in tackles and earning a Pro Bowl invitation in his inaugural NFL season. But this would be a Faustian deal.

The Cowboys give up a player who is poised to be a stud for years to come for a playmaker in Brown that could render a Super Bowl in the immediate future. Brown's expiration date will surely turn his milk sour sooner rather than later, but in the here and now, Antonio Brown could be the bell cow who leads the Cowboys to the promised land before he’s put out to pasture.

Just something to think about...



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2018 In Review: CB Anthony Brown Bounces Back

Kevin Brady

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Anthony Brown's Resurgence A Great Sign for Cowboys Defense
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To say it's been an up-and-down start to the career of young cornerback Anthony Brown would be an understatement.

As a sixth round pick in 2016, everything Brown contributed during his rookie season was a plus. Due to injury he was asked to step into a greater role as the season went on, and he performed well enough to make the front office comfortable allowing multiple veterans to walk for nothing in free agency the following Spring. Brown looked like a legitimate starting cornerback in the league, and when Dallas brought in Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis during the next draft, the young secondary seemed set.

Then 2017 happened. And Anthony Brown struggled. Really struggled.

These struggles, coupled with the emergence of both Lewis and Awuzie during their own rookie seasons, made Brown's status heading into 2018 rather uncertain. Some wondered if they would trade him for a day three pick, others thought Brown could even end up being cut. Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown were slated to compete for the nickel cornerback job in training camp, and as it turned out, all Brown needed was that one extra chance to compete.

Brown won the job outright during the preseason, and began 2018 as the starting nickel. A fan favorite, most thought Lewis would reclaim his rightful spot on the depth chart sooner or later, but Anthony Brown's play (and Kris Richard's preferences) kept Lewis on the bench for much of the season.

Simply put, Anthony Brown balled in 2018, and was the Cowboys' second best corner for most of the year. By the end of the season Chidobe Awuzie had regained form, but Brown and Byron Jones were the most consistently reliable corners on the roster all of 2018.

Brown tallied 44 tackles, 2 sacks, and an interception in 2018, and finished third on the team in pass breakups with 8. As the slot corner Brown had an excellent season, especially for a former sixth round pick.

Now he enters a contract year, and with the Cowboys having so many guys to pay over the next two offseasons, he could find himself as an unrestricted free agent in 2020. And if he can keep up his play from last year moving forward, he could be in for a nice payday that Spring.



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