JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Frustrating. That was the word Allen Hurns used to describe how he felt standing on the sidelines during last Sunday’s game against the Titans. Hurns cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol earlier this week and he feels his connection with Blake Bortles won’t miss a beat.
“We’ve been building that chemistry since the offseason, OTA’s and training camp,” said Hurns who missed the first game of his career in the Jaguars loss to Tennessee. “Our chemistry is going to continue to improve. We’re always on the same page and we talk a lot, so I feel like we’ll be fine.”
Prior to the concussion Bortles looked in Hurns’ direction quite often, especially on third downs. There’s an unspoken trust that the two have developed over the past season and a half. “He’s a guy that’s definitely a quarterback’s best friend,” said Bortles. “He runs really good routes, everything is really precise and accurate. And he has really good hands and has a knack for getting open and making plays.”
In the 42-39 loss to the Titans, Allen Robinson became the first Jaguars wide receiver to top 1000 yards in the past decade. Hurns is 242 yards away from surpassing the 1000 yard mark himself. Both Hurns and Robinson use each other’s success as a source of motivation.
"It would be pretty cool for both of us to get the yardage (1000 yards),” said Robinson. “I think the biggest thing we do is go out there and challenge each other to make big plays on game day. When it comes down to it we want to make as many plays as possible.”
Robinson made big plays in bunches against the Titans. He hauled in 10 catches for 153 yards and three touchdowns. Nobody was happier for him than Hurns.
“This Sunday I was very frustrated not playing but he [Robinson] made it a lot better making those plays, said Hurns. “It felt like I was out there making those plays.”
In addition to the concussion Hurns has played most of the season with sports hernia and a sprained ankle. When asked how felt going into Sunday, he simply stated. “I’m ready to roll.”