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The Dallas Cowboys added another receiver in free agency Friday when Allen Hurns agreed to a two-year deal.
Hurns' deal with the Cowboys came three days after he was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Cowboys receiver Cole Beasley welcomed Hurns to the team in a Twitter message
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, ending that with "lets go to work!" Hurns responded, "Let's get it bro" on his account.
Hurns initially signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted rookie out of Miami in 2014. He got a $40 million, four-year contract extension after the 2015 season, when he had 64 catches for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns in 15 games. But he has since been hampered by injuries.
Hurns missed 11 games because of injuries during the past two seasons with the Jaguars, who last week brought back receiver Marqise Lee and added Donte Moncrief in free agency.
In his four seasons with the Jaguars, Hurns had 189 receptions for 2,669 yards and 21 TDs. He caught just 74 passes for 961 yards and five scores the past two years while dealing with a sports hernia in 2016 and a high ankle sprain in 2017.
On Thursday, Dallas signed free agent wide receiver Deonte Thompson, who played 53 games the past six seasons for Baltimore, Buffalo and Chicago.
鈥?The Latest on the NFL draft (all times local):5 p.m.The NFL has renewed an exclusive partnership with Amazon Prime Video for digital streaming of Thursday night games during 2018 and 2019 seasons.Amazon will stream the 11 Thursday night games broadcast by FOX this season. Those games are also simulcast on NFL Network and distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes.Through the streaming deal with Amazon, the broadcasts will be available to more than 100 million Amazon Prime members worldwide in more than 200 countries and territories.“Having over 100 million Amazon Prime members provides a massive platform to distribute Thursday Night Football digitally, not only to our fans in the United States but also around the world
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,” said Brian Rolapp, chief media and business officer for the NFL.With 10 Thursday night games and one on Christmas last year, Amazon built on the audience had in 2016 in the first year of streaming on Thursday nights. The average per-minute audience for the 11 games hit 310,000, a 17 percent increase from ’s numbers.2:45 p.m.Bradley Chubb jokes that he’s changed positions for this draft and is now a quarterback.In reality, the North Carolina State standout is probably the best defensive prospect in this draft. When you get past all the hype for QBs, much of the first round will be devoted to guys on that side of the ball.“Yeah, don’t forget about us,” he says with a smile.Chubb can do it all 鈥?stop the run, pass rush, shoot gaps, block passes and kicks. Some believe he is a better player than Myles Garrett, who was the top overall pick last year by Cleveland.Chubb could wind up with the Browns
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, bookending the D-line with Garrett. Cleveland owns the fourth overall spot and after taking its quarterback at the top, could go his way.“That would be awesome,” Chubb said. “I don’t know Myles, but I do know he’s a great player.”As for sending some love the defenders’ way, Chubb reasons it will be coming.“I feel like I got a spotlight now,” he says as reporters gather around for his views on the proceedings. “There are so many great players who can go into an organization and change it. I hope to be one.”1 p.m.Don’t look for many wide receivers to be selected high in this draft.Indeed, only Alabama’s Calvin Ridley seems sure to go in the first round, and he comes from a run-oriented offense.Recent history shows that wideouts are not particularly wise choices until deeper into the proceedings.Consider that in the past three years, the likes of Phillip Dorsett, Breshad Perriman, Kevin White, Laquon Treadwell, Josh Doctson
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, Corey Coleman, Mike Williams, Corey Davis and John Ross have gone in the opening round. Anybody seen or heard much from any of them so far in their NFL careers?After evaluating the receivers on his roster, Browns general manager John Dorsey said: “Then you have to let the other young guys fight out for their roster spot. Who’s to say? We may get a receiver or two in this draft.”Guaranteed it won’t be with the first and fourth overall spots Cleveland owns.12:20 p.m.Former Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen has apologized for a series of offensive tweets he sent while in high school.The potential No. 1 NFL draft pick apologized for the now-deleted tweets to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith less than 24 hours before the draft.Yahoo! Sports reported Allen sent the tweets in 2012 and 2013 and they contained racially insensitive language and offensive statements.Allen told Smith he was parroting rap lyrics and catchphrases from TV and pop culture. In his apology, Allen told Smith he was “young and dumb” at the time.According to ESPN, the tweets were removed from Allen’s account when it was vetted in January.Wyoming coach Craig Bohl says Allen had “great relationships with his teammates and our fan base.” The coach adds in his statement that while at Wyoming Allen “embraced diversity.” Says Bohl: “We wish him all the best on his big night.”12 p.m.This isn’t just the year of the quarterback in the NFL draft. It’s the century of the QB.The previous time a quarterback wasn’t selected in the first round of the NFL draft was 1996, when 41 other players were chosen before the Rams selected Michigan State’s Tony Banks at No. 42.Banks went 35-43 in eight seasons as a journeyman with the Rams, Ravens, Redskins and Texans.He was by far the most accomplished of the six quarterbacks selected, two of whom never played in the league and another who never started in the NFL.Third-rounder Bobby Hoying of Ohio State went 3-9-1 in five seasons for Philadelphia and Oakland.The Broncos chose Jeff Lewis of Northern Arizona with the 100th overall pick, but this was during the Elway Era and Lewis made zero career starts in two seasons in Denver and two in Carolina.Another fourth-rounder was Florida State’s Danny Kanell, who would post a 10-13-1 career mark over six seasons with the Giants, Falcons and Broncos.In the seventh round
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, the Ravens took John Stark of Trinity International and the Packers selected USC’s Kyle Wachholtz, neither of whom ever played in the pros.So, that was a total of 48-65-2 for the inglorious QB class of 1996.There have been 56 quarterbacks selected in the first round since then, including five in 1999. That mark is expected to be matched or maybe broken tonight in Dallas.鈥?AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton reporting from Denver.11:00 a.m.The most inspirational story in this NFL draft, bar none, is Shaquem Griffin of UCF.A standout linebacker for the undefeated Knights, Griffin achieved all of his success despite having no left hand. He wears a prosthetic, yet Griffin stunned onlookers by bench-pressing 225 pounds a staggering 20 times at the combine, then ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds.Griffin is fast, hits hard and never stops comi
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