JACKSONVILLE, Fla.– This offseason has actually been about something for Jaguars broadpass receiver Allen Hurns – getting healthy.Hurnsdealt with a plethoraof injuries in 2015, most notably a stomach injury that required sports-hernia surgery after the weather. While he only missed out on one game (Week 13 at Tennessee ), Hurns states playing nicked up for most of the weather was a struggle.It was difficult, Hurns said. However at the end of the day I didnt desire
to let my teammates down. As soon as I was out there on the field everything headed out the window no matter what I was going through. I just felt like I needed to be there for my teammates.Hurns broke through in simply his second weather in the NFL, carryingtaking 64 grabs for 1,031 lawns and 10 touchdowns
. The mix of Hurns on one side, and fellow second-year wideout Allen Robinson on the other, developed into among the most deadly receiving duos in the NFL as the Jaguars offense took a gigantic leap forward last season.Each week Hurnsshowed up on the Jaguars injury report, and every week he showedappeared on Sundays and installed numbers. He became understoodcalled somebody
who is willing to play hurt, something he prides himself on. But for Hurns, playing through the discomfort isn’t about the big individual numbers.The main thing about me is I just take personally not letting my teammates down, Hurns stated. Anytime Im out on the field I just attemptaim to give all I can.This offseason, Hurns has actually been alleviated back into the fold following the surgery that took placeoccurred immediatelyafter the weather. He and Robinson( hamstring)both viewed from the sideline throughout the first week of organized team activities(OTAs ). Both have actually returned in a restricted fashion during the 4th and 5th practices this week and head coach Gus Bradley states they will continue to alleviate the 2 stud receivers back in slowly.While hes still not getting his full load of reps, the first week and half of OTAs has not been a wash.Hurnswould prefer to be on the field with his team, however he understands there can still be value in seeing from the sideline.Thats the hardest part about going through injuries is simply seeing your team contend, Hurns stated. You know I desirewish to be out there with those guys however at the end of the day youve got to take those mental representatives and be client with your injury.
You cant rush things back, so Im out there now so Im just happy about that.While he knows the importance of not rushing back, its evident Hurns cant wait to get back on the field at complete capacity. With the core of Hurns, Robinson and quarterback Blake Bortles all entering their 3rd year, 2nd in offensive coordinator Greg Olsons system, Hurns is
excited about exactly what the offense can do in 2016, following the improvements they made in 2015. Hurns called it an interesting time around EverBank Field right now due to the fact that of the additions the Jaguars have made in the offseason.While there have been a couple of additions on the offending side of the ball, the greatest modifications have actually been made on the defense with group drafting Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack, and signing totally free representatives Malik Jackson and Tashaun Gipson. Hurns says the change is already noticeableand going up againstfacing an improved defense like that during practice can just be helpful for the Jaguars offense going forward.Competition constantly highlights the bestthe very best in everybody, Hurns stated. Simply going up versustaking on that every day, once we head out there on video game day, things sort of sluggishdecrease for us … Theres going to be a great deal of competition in between the wideouts and [protective backs] Competitors is good however for now, Hurns primary goal is to get and remain healthy. He wantswishes to be preparedprepare to go 100 percent for training camp.UPDATE: On Thursday afternoon, the Jaguars concurred on a four-year extension with Hurns.Follow Tim Bee on Twitter at @timbeesports