The Dallas Cowboys essentially replaced Dez Bryant with Allen Hurns. Here's how Hurns is upgrading to Dec and how the Cowboys are doing better.
Fans were split when the Dallas Cowboys ways with their top recipient, Dez Bryant, parted this offseason. Some saw him as an aging weapon that no longer had the ability to compensate for his distracting sidelines. While others still see him as a clear WR1 whose statistical decline is a product of poor passing away, more than personal decline.
Whatever camp you have, the reality is that he's gone. And it's pretty clear he will not come back under any circumstances. Later, we look at how his expected replacement at the X-site, Allen Hurns, is comparable to Bryant. Best of all, we explain why it's a change for the better.
Allen Hurns vs. Dez Bryant: The Measurable
On paper, Allen Hurns fades compared to Dez Bryant. Hurns, 6'1
* While his NFL player profile says Hurns is 6 "3", his actual height in the Combine was 73.25 inches, which translates to 6 & 1; 1¼ ". Except for a transient pituitary disorder, its NFL profile is likely to be incorrect because the pre-measured data has been well checked.
At the age of 26, Hurns is better able to withstand athleticism than 29-year-old Bryant. But after all that Bryant measures better in virtually all directions, it would take quite a step backwards from Dez to bridge the gap athletically.
Allen Hurns vs. Dez Bryant: Durability and Statistical
Both players have missed their share of games. Allen Hurns has lost 12 games over the past three seasons while Dez Bryant has missed 10 games. Despite the missed games, it would be misleading to call one of the two players questionable. Both are extremely physical and both take considerably more punishment than your typical recipient. That's what makes them good at what they do.
Statistically, Hurns has 138 catches in the last three seasons for 1,992 yards. Bryant has 150 for 2,035 yards during the same stretch. In games, Bryant plays an average of 53.55 yards per game and Hurns an average of 55.33 per game. This is all strikingly similar production.
Allen Hurns vs. Dez Bryant: Intangible assets
Here the two separate. While Dec is the scorer king and jump ball champion, Dez is wildly inconsistent in his routines. It was said that Dez could walk the same route a dozen times and no two would ever look the same.
This type of improv may have worked with Tony Romo, but Dak Prescott is more like Troy Aikman, who values consistency. Prescott wants to know where you will be and when you will be there. Granted, he's not as accurate as Aikman, but he operates the same way (by the way: the accuracy issues are exaggerated with Dak).
Hurns has earned his livelihood with his routes. Since joining the Jaguars as an undisclosed free agent, Hurns has been one of the NFL's most consistent runners ever since. When he drives a route, you know where he will be and when he will be there. Considering that the Dallas Cowboys will be incorporating many run-pass options (RPOs) this season, this type of consistency is of the utmost importance.
For that reason, the Dallas Cowboys have outdated so many impressive receivers in the design in Michael Gallup's most brilliant pass-catcher.
Although Hurns is shorter and easier than Dez, it's just as physical. Maybe that's why we believe all these reports are 6 & 3 "Hurns just plays bigger (Far from Terrance Williams, who is 6 & 2" tall but plays 5 & # 39; 10 ".)  We can not wait for Allen Hurns to deliver the same breathtaking roles that Dez Bryant gave us, but we should not expect Hurns to run quite so well, cost little power, or make nonsense.
Of all If anything, we should at least see a similar production in the Hurns statistics column, but all indications are that we will see it with fewer targets with a higher success rate – which could be a huge boost to this crime.
Dez Bryant and Allen Hurns are very different players with very different strengths and weaknesses, but these are Hurn's strengths s, which should make the difference in this new RPO offensive of the Cowboys this season. Hurns will be more efficient than Dez with fewer chances, and that will be a big boost to this Dallas Cowboys offensive.