Rookie wide receiver Allen Hurns of the Jacksonville Jaguars made NFL history Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, becoming the first player to record two receiving touchdowns in the first quarter of his regular-season debut, per ESPN Stats & Info.
In fact, Hurns' first two career NFL receptions went for scores, making him just one of two players to do that, with the other being Charles Rogers of the Detroit Lions in 2003, according to ESPN NFL Nation. Rogers, one of the bigger draft busts at the wide receiver position in league history, saw an incredible start to his career give way to injuries, from which he was never able to fully recover.
With 9:06 remaining in the first quarter during the Jaguars' second drive of the game, quarterback Chad Henne found Hurns on a 34-yard route that finished in the end zone. Then, on just the second play of the following drive, Henne once again hit the rookie for a 21-yard touchdown strike.
Hurns caught only two more passes during the rest of the game, finishing with four receptions for 110 yards and those two initial scores.
Per ESPN Stats & Info, Hurns is just the sixth player to record a line of 100-plus receiving yards and two or more touchdowns in his rookie debut. Anquan Boldin was the most recent player to reach these numbers during his debut back in 2003, although his line was a bit more impressive, as he hauled in 10 receptions for 217 yards and two scores for the Arizona Cardinals.
Boldin was never quite able to match his incredible debut stat line during the rest of his rookie campaign, and Hurns will have a tough hill to climb as well, as the undrafted free agent will no longer be flying under the radar of opposing defenses.
The former Miami Hurricane will look to take advantage of his newfound role in the offense during the Jaguars' Week 2 matchup with the Washington Redskins.