The Jacksonville Jaguars might be welcoming back one of their leading receivers this Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. The Jaguars released their final injury report, and wide receiver Allen Hurns is questionable as he looks to play for the first time since Week 10. Wide receiver Marqise Lee has been ruled out with an ankle injury.
Hurns suffered an ankle sprain in Week 10, and had not practiced or played since. He was listed as limited all three days this week, and will be a game-time decision. I asked Big Cat Country site manager Ryan Day what he expected of the injury, and what it means for the Jaguars wide receiver depth chart.
I can see the Jaguars holding Allen Hurns out against the 49ers. He's been limited in practice all week and quite frankly, the trio of Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook, and Jaydon Mickens have absolutely balled out lately. Blake Bortles is very much a rhythm guy. I'd compare him to a basketball player -- if he has the reps and he gets a few shots in, he's going to be playing at the top of his game. But throw in some unforeseen variable (even a better wide receiver) and he may do overall worse. Blake is developing a rapport with those three guys and I think they're feeding off each other. Play the hot hand and don't risk Hurns being hurt, especially with the Tennessee Titans likely losing to the Los Angeles Rams in the early game.
The 49ers cornerbacks have had plenty of ups and downs this season. NFL analyst Gil Brandt ranked the cornerbacks with the highest burn rate through Week 15. Burn rate takes the number of receptions a player allows and divides it by the number of times he is targeted in primary coverage. Dontae Johnson has the third worst burn rate (63 percent) behind only Kareem Jackson and T.J. Carrie.
It’s safe to say that regardless of which receivers are out there for the Jaguars, the 49ers will have their work cut out for them.