WR ALLEN HURNS: 5 Ways Cowboys Camp Is Different from Other NFL Camps

by | Jul 26, 2018 | Articles, The Team

“It is very different here”

Wide receiver Allen Hurns is beginning his fifth NFL season, but his first as a member of the Dallas Cowboys.  After four years in Jacksonville with the Jaguars, he’s quickly learning that the glare of the spotlight on Cowboys camp is intense, and the camp’s setting in Oxnard, California is ideal.

Here’s are “5 Thoughts from Hurns” upon arriving with teammates in Oxnard on Tuesday:

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ON THE FANFARE OF COWBOYS CAMP:

“It is very different here,” he says, stepping off the team bus that drove him and his teammates up the Pacific Coast Highway through Santa Monica and Malibu on the trip from LAX Airport to Oxnard.  “In Jacksonville, we stayed in Jacksonville for our camp.  You know, Jacksonville is one of the lower-market teams, so there’s not much media.  It’s usually the same guys you see through the season.  So it’s very different having this much media here.”

ON “BEATING THE HEAT” IN CALIFORNIA’S COOLER CLIMATE:

“Man, it’s crazy. Just being in that heat in Texas, at night time it’s like in the high 90’s.  It’s kind of dangerous being in that heat all the time.  I feel like the guys will very much enjoy it here, taking care of our bodies and not being in that heat in Texas.”

(note:  for the first day of practice of Training Camp on Thursday, the weather forecast in Oxnard calls for a high of 78 degrees; the forecast for Frisco, Texas calls for a high of 102 degrees).

ON WORKING OUT EARLIER THIS MONTH WITH QB DAK PRESCOTT AND FELLOW WRs AT DISNEY’S WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS:

“Just to get out there in Florida, build that chemistry and get that work, it went very well.  I feel like it was great for us, just getting the mental aspect of it. You haven’t heard plays in a long time. You go over your playbook at night, but it’s different when you’re breaking the huddle and things like that. It was a great transition for us getting out there.”

(Note:  Hurns and Prescott, along with teammates Michael Gallup, Deonte Thompson and Lance Lenoir also found some time to have some fun, too. In addition to fishing, they also visited Disneyworld’s MGM Studios and the park’s new Toy Story Land.)

ON BEING A HIGH-PROFILE ADDITION TO A HIGH-PROFILE TEAM THAT HAS OVERHAULED ITS WIDE RECEIVER CORPS:

“Yeah, no doubt, especially for me I feel like this is a big year for me.  Each year you’re looking to prove yourself coming into the year. That’s the thing about the NFL: you always have to prove yourself year-in and year-out.  It’s a great feeling getting into a new year.”

ON PROVING YOURSELF IN YOUR FIRST TRAINING CAMP WITH A NEW TEAM:

“Come in each day and make plays, that’s what it’s all about.  Proving yourself is not something you can do in one day.  Each and every day you have to show what you’re capable of.  And be consistent if you want to do well.  For me, the last two years (in Jacksonville), I missed games (due to injury). So I want to stay consistent.”