Hurd has always been an asset on the special teams unit, recording a team-high 19 special teams tackles in 2009, and this is no small part of why he’s still around. It’s not that Hurd isn’t a talented receiver as well; it’s that, in his time in Dallas, he’s always been part of a loaded receiving corps, making him more or less expendable for the offense.
Hurd wants, and has always wanted, to have a larger role on the offense, a wish that hasn’t come to fruition as of yet.
As easy as it is to forget, going into last season, Hurd was battling Miles Austin for the third receiver role. This season, with the emergence of Austin and the acquisition of Dez Bryant, it seems that Hurd has an even steeper hill to climb in seeing a greater amount of snaps at receiver. The desire remains, but Hurd says he still wants to be a Cowboy.
“It's what I know. It would be tough to play somewhere else,” Hurd said. “You know your role here, but they know I want to have a bigger role on the offense, and I hope that happens.”
Asked about the receiver on Monday, Wade Phillips couldn’t deny that Hurd had an unsure future with the team.
“We got a lot of good receivers. A lot of good players,” Phillips said. “I think it's a competition every year, and really at that position, where he is, it's always going to be competitive. If he's a starter, that's a different thing. But right now he's not.”
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