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|A breakout 2015 season in which Hurns caught 64 balls for 1030 yards and 10 touchdowns earned the former Miami Hurricane a lucrative 4-year, $40 million contract extension from the Jacksonville Jaguars. After two injury-riddled seasons and just five touchdowns in his next 21 games, the Jags cut bait on Hurns in favor of signing Marqise Lee to a long-term deal.
Hurns quickly signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Cowboys over the offseason and looks primed to be the No.1 wide receiver in the Scott Linehan offense opposite Terrance Williams. The Cowboys also signed Deonte Thompson from Buffalo and added rookie Michael Gallup in the draft to challenge Hurns for the starting role for the departed Dez Bryant.
The Cowboys will continue to be a run-first offense centered around Ezekiel Elliott and the vaunted and expensive Dallas offensive line, making it difficult for any of the wide receivers to have a monster season for fantasy purposes. However, if Hurns does secure the starting Z receiver position and receives at least 100 targets, he could be a viable No.3 WR in 12-team leagues.
|Michael Gallup making strong early push|
Already seeing first-team snaps
By: Doug Orth | Mon Jul 30, 5:55 pm
|Rookie receiver Michael Gallup has already earned his share (of respect) in just a few months on the team. The admiration has continued to build for Gallup as well after only a few training camp practices. In a rare move for Garrett during his Cowboys' tenure, he started camp by giving the rookie some first-team snaps at receiver. Gallup responded right away Saturday by catching a few passes from Dak Prescott during the first padded practice of camp. Gallup has earned the trust of Prescott after a strong offseason that included being the only rookie receiver to join the Cowboys' quarterback in Orlando a few weeks ago for some extra work. (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: For anyone who has seen college film on Gallup and then taken a look at the Cowboys' depth chart at receiver, this cannot be a surprising development. The only receiver on the depth chart that has a real case to keep the third-round pick off the field is Allen Hurns, and a real possibility exists Gallup could pass him for top receiver status sometime this year. The rookie stands a great chance at outperforming his current 12th-round ADP.
|Cowboys remain confident in Tavon Austin|
Poised to be "key part" of offense
By: Doug Orth | Thu Jul 26, 4:50 pm
|First day of camp and all, but there was a lot of Tavon Austin lining out wide with Cowboys' first team. Scott Linehan made Austin sound like a key part of the offense. (The New Orleans Advocate)|
FFToday's Take: While there is theoretical opportunity in Dallas at receiver, Allen Hurns would seem to be locked into one spot. The Cowboys would be crazy to block rookie Michael Gallup from significant snaps as soon as he's ready, so either Cole Beasley or Terrance Williams will have to take the hit if this is Austin is going to be a thing this year. Dallas has been reluctant to move away from either player. Thus, Austin remains more of a late-round wild-card fantasy pick than a potential flex option.