Another former highly-touted NFLer is walking away from the game of football at the age of 27.
In the past week alone, we’ve already seen two-time Super Bowl champion running back Sony Michel (age 28) and 2017 first-round pick and wideout John Ross (age 27) and Pittsburgh Steelers’ rookie fullback Monte Pottebaum (age 23) call it quits.
Now, New England Patriots’ wide receiver Jalen Hurd is walking away from the came following a brief NFL comeback attempt, per ESPN’s Mike Reiss:
Hurd was a standout at Baylor and Tennessee, earning Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year award honors in 2018. The 49ers drafted Hurd in the third round (67th overall) in 2019, the same year they used the No. 36 selection on future superstar wideout Deebo Samuel.
Unfortunately, a string of injuries prevented the big-bodied 6-foot-4 wideout from playing a single snap with San Francisco. The Patriots signed Hurd to a contract this past offseason, looking to help him revive his career.
But Hurd has ultimately decided to retire, without ever playing a snap at the NFL level.
The Patriots’ receiving depth chart is led by former 1,000-yard wideouts JuJu Smith-Schuster and DeVante Parker. They also hope to get production out of 2022 second-round pick Tyquan Thornton and rookie Kayshon Boutte.
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