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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
  • Michael Simmers

    Pointless article…. said nothing, gave nothing.

  • Chet

    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.

  • Ethan Chazin

    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

  • Chuck Wright

    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.

  • Chuck Wright

    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.

  • Anthony

    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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Starters Make Cowboys Serious Contenders, But Depth is a Concern

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys Defense Better Or Worse Then Last Season?

Playing in the National Football Conference, the Dallas Cowboys have a difficult task ahead of them if they are to be serious Super Bowl contenders. Even still, they've become a very underrated football team due to their 9-7 record last season. The Cowboys struggled in many areas and with the Philadelphia Eagles crowned as Super Bowl Champions, everyone has forgotten about America's Team.

2017 was an awful year for the Cowboys. It seemed like a roller coaster of success, putting up an impressive performance one week only to disappoint the next one. Let's be honest with ourselves here and talk about what really ended the Cowboys' last season.

Injuries.

As much as we talk about how there shouldn't be any excuses in football - the Eagles made a huge statement by winning it all with a backup QB and other key starters missing - we can't deny the impact of these injuries.

Anthony Hitchens, Sean Lee, Tyron Smith and Ezekiel Elliott all missed some time last year, affecting the team's performance week in and week out. Had the starters been healthy, the truth is this team would've been in the playoffs.

Heading into 2018, the Cowboys will face a very similar situation. This year, starters make Dallas a serious contender. Even if they're playing in a conference that will feature a lot of quality teams, the Cowboys are a team that could beat any team in the league if healthy.

Even the dreaded wide receiver position - which has been famous this offseason for the lack of a #1 receiver - won't be as bad as we make it out to be starter-wise. A starting trio of Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup and Cole Beasley doesn't really sound bad.

Heck, not even Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods starting at safety is concerning. They have what it takes to be decent starters. Sure, Heath isn't a guy who will make the Pro Bowl, but his skills will show on the field once the season starts in September.

The Cowboys' starters will do just fine this season. If the team's fate is up to them, they are in a very good spot. The same can not be said about depth, though.

Except for the defensive line, every other position lacks depth. If Sean Lee goes down, the linebackers stop looking like a three-headed monster. Same goes for the cornerbacks. Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis seem like a good group but as soon as one of them suffers an injury, the Cowboys will be in trouble.

We're in for an exciting season with a lot of young talent waiting to breakout. The Cowboys are underrated this year. They may not be among the NFC's favorites, but they truly have what it takes to replicate the success they had in 2016. However, it seems like circumstances have to be ideal for them to make a run for the Lombardi Trophy.

With a little bit of luck, they'll bounce back this season.

Tell me what you think about "Starters Make Cowboys Serious Contenders, But Depth is a Concern" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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The Dallas Cowboys WR Position Battle is Heating Up

Brian Martin

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Dallas Cowboys WR Position Battle Heating Up 1

Earning a spot on the Dallas Cowboys final 53-man roster is going to be a lot tougher in 2018 then it has been in years past. There is no shortage of position battles taking place right now to earn one of those coveted openings, but it's the battle taking place at receiver that's gaining steam and starting to heat up.

The ultimate unknown right now is how many wide receivers the Dallas Cowboys choose to carry on their 53-man roster this season. Last year they decided to carry six, but they have been known to carry just five. Unfortunately, this means they will have to release some talented players and risk losing them to another team.

As things stand right now there may just be one, possibly two, roster spots up for grabs. I think the only thing we know for sure right now is Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup, and Tavon Austin are the only WRs who can feel secure their jobs are safe for 2018. Everybody else is playing a game of Survivor, just hoping their name isn't the one written down and their torch isn't snuffed out.

Terrance Williams' flame may be safe due to his current contract. The Dallas Cowboys can't save anything by releasing him, but it doesn't cost them that much either. It's unlikely he has a future with the team, so if someone were to prove themselves more worthy, his flame could be extinguished.

Terrance Williams

Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

Last season I thought Noah Brown was ready to unseat Williams, but that never really materialized. Unfortunately, Brown hasn't really shown up as much as I thought he would this offseason, and missing the game against the San Francisco 49ers last week didn't do him any favors either. This doesn't bode well for him moving forward.

Deonte Thompson was signed as a free agent to provide some veteran experience and speed to the passing game, but that in no way means his job is secure. He needs to do something to show up a little more because his age and salary means a younger up-and-coming WR could make him expendable.

Second-year WR Lance Lenoir Jr. might just be the receiver who has stirred things up the most. He has not only created a buzz for himself in offseason practices, but he was able to carry it over into the preseason last week against the 49ers. His arrow trajectory is definitely pointing upwards.

I'd definitely hate to be the one to decide who stays and who goes when final cuts are made. It's not going to be an easy decision to make, because the outcome will definitely have an impact on the team's success this year.

All of these players were brought into help Quarterback Dak Prescott and the passing game reach new heights, so making the wrong move could be detrimental. The number of wide receivers and who the Dallas Cowboys decide to keep might be the most important decision they make before the season starts.

How would you predict the Dallas Cowboys WR position battle turning out?



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Any Concern About Dan Bailey Not Playing Against 49ers?

Brian Martin

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Decision not to Play Dan Bailey against the 49ers a Concern? 1

With all the excitement of the Dallas Cowboys finally playing in a game last week against the San Francisco 49ers, it may have escaped your attention that Dan Bailey remained on the sideline the entire time. He didn't attempt one field goal or kick off once last Thursday, which in my opinion is a little concerning.

Dan Bailey joined Ezekiel Elliott and Sean Lee on the sideline as a healthy scratch last week. The decision to sit both Zeke and Sean Lee makes sense due to the physical demands of their positions, but sitting Bailey was a bit of a head scratcher. After all, it's not like he plays a physically demanding position like the other two.

I know. I know. Dan Bailey is an integral part for the Cowboys success moving forward. I'm not arguing that he's not, but after sitting out the majority of the 2017 season with a groin injury and lingering concerns about his health this year, not playing him at all against the 49ers is a bit confusing.

I don't believe there is any kind of kicking competition between Dan Bailey and Brett Maher, who handled all of the kicking duties against the 49ers last Thursday. Bailey will be the Cowboys kicker when the 2018 season gets underway in just a few short weeks. But, the question remains… Why didn't he receive any playing time?

Dan Bailey

Dallas Cowboys K Dan Bailey

Dan Bailey was never quite the same last season once he returned from his injury. Something was off and I don't know if it was more mental or physical, maybe a little of both. He just wasn't splitting the uprights like his normal self.

Unfortunately, we have seen this kind of thing happen in the past with one of the Cowboys kickers. Nick Folk went through a similar situation with an injury and never really bounced back. I'm just hoping history doesn't repeat itself.

Obviously, the Dallas Cowboys know more about what's going on with Dan Bailey than I do. But, you would think they'd have allowed him to attempt a field goal or at least an extra point in a game situation to build up his confidence once again. It's what I would have done.

Hopefully I'm just being a little paranoid and I'm reading more into this than there actually is. But, the fact I haven't heard any reasoning as to why Dan Bailey was held out last week is sitting a little uneasy with me. I'm just hoping it was precautionary in order to keep him as healthy as possible for the upcoming season.

Should we be concerned Dan Bailey was a healthy scratch last week?



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