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Hurns: Improving daily


JACKSONVILLE – Allen Hurns can't wait for next season.

Actually, it's a bit more accurate to say the Jaguars' standout wide receiver can't wait until the offseason – when he expects to be healthy, and when he can start working out and running again.

Mainly, he's looking forward to doing those things without pain.

That's something he didn't experience often last season, and something he expects at last to experience when he begins preparing for 2016.

"For sure – there's nothing like that," Hurns said Thursday from Super Bowl 50 Radio Row at Moscone Center in San Francisco, California.

Hurns, who caught 64 passes for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns this past season, did so while playing through several injuries. The longest-lasting was a sports hernia surgery he originally sustained in Week 3 and that often limited him in practice.

"It was very tough, especially getting warmed up," Hurns said. "There were games I would go into warmups thinking, 'Dang, I hope I can make it through this game.' But once I got going it got to where you're not really thinking about it and it was fine, but getting warmed up – it was very tough.

"It's something I don't want to experience ever again."

Hurns missed just one game in 2015. That was a December 6 loss at Tennessee, a game he missed because of a concussion sustained the previous week at home against the San Diego Chargers.

Hurns underwent sports hernia surgery January 19.

"It's been two weeks now," Hurns said. "The first week was real tough, real sore. It was tough to do anything as far as yawning, sneezing, coughing – all of that. Right now, I'm moving around a lot better."

Hurns, who began working out by himself immediately last offseason following his rookie season, won't be able to maintain quite that year-round schedule this offseason. He said he expects to begin running and some training in about a month, and he also said he expects to participate when the Jaguars' offseason program begins in April.

"OTAs [organized team activities], I'll definitely be ready," he said. "I'll be doing everything I'm supposed to be."

Hurns arrived in San Francisco for the Super Bowl Wednesday and toured Radio Row Thursday, as did quarterback Blake Bortles and wide receiver Allen Robinson.

"It's actually exciting," Hurns said, adding with a laugh. "There are people coming up asking, 'Can you do this?' or, 'Can you do that?' or, 'Thank you for the fantasy points.' I get that a lot."      

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