26-Year-Old Wide Receiver – Jacksonville Jaguars
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
After missing time with concussions in 2012, Shorts dealt with groin and shoulder injuries last year, causing him to miss three games outright and the majority of two others. At 6-0, 202 and with good...
Cecil Shorts Contract Information:
Signed with the Jaguars in July of 2011 to a four-year, $2.67 million contract.
Shorts left Friday's practice with a hamstring injury, John Oehser of Jaguars.com reports.
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Cecil Shorts: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Jags' GM Dave Caldwell expressed confidence that Shorts would remain with the franchise beyond 2014. "We've had some general discussions with his representation," Caldwell said. "Obviously, we want him here for the long haul. He's a valuable part of our organization and we'd love to at some point in time take care of Cecil." Shorts burst onto the scene in 2012, catching 55 passes for 979 yards and seven touchdowns. Last season, dealing with inconsistent quarterback play, Shorts recorded 777 yards and three touchdowns. The 26-year-old could be in for a major pay raise as the focal point of a young, but talented receiving corps.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Though Shorts isn't quite up to speed yet, coach Gus Bradley is encouraged by the wideout's progress. "His rehab has gone very well," Bradley said. "He’s leaner and he's in great shape." Once he's fully healthy, Shorts -- who caught 66 passes for 777 yards and three TDs in 13 games this past season, will be counted on heavily by the Jags, with Justin Blackmon's status uncertain. Meanwhile, Shorts is in the final season of the four-year, $2.6 million contract that he inked with Jacksonville after being drafted in 2011.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Rather than risk further injury to Shorts' groin, the Jaguars will step in and end the 25-year-old's season with two games to go. It was a rather disappointing year for Shorts, overall, as he hauled in just 66-of-125 targets for 777 yards and three touchdowns, though it wasn't all his fault, as he suffered from less-than-stellar quarterback play.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Although the report is speculative, it does note that coach Gus Bradley indicated that the wideout's lingering groin injury is a concern at this stage. With the Jags sitting at 4-10, there is little incentive to rush Shorts back. In his absence in Week 15, Mike Brown saw seven targets, while Kerry Taylor saw five and Ace Sanders drew three.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Justin Blackmon may have had the star pedigree and 236-yard game last year, but it was Shorts who had four 100-yard games and was by far the more efficient and reliable receiver. Shorts averaged 17.8 YPC (2nd) and 9.3 YPT (8th) despite playing with arguably the worst quarterbacks in the league east of Arizona. At 6-0, 202, Shorts has decent size and enough speed to beat defenses deep (17 catches for 20-plus, and five for 40-plus on just 105 targets). While his timed speed at the NFL Combine (4.6) was below par, he ran a 4.35 at his Pro Day after adjusting his technique. Shorts also saw a fair number of red-zone targets (16), but that was with the prior coaching regime and with Maurice Jones-Drew injured most of the year, so it might not mean much. Shorts should vie with Blackmon to be the team's top target, but while Blackmon serves his suspension for the first four games, Shorts should have the role all to himself. It's worth noting Shorts suffered two concussions during the latter part of last year and eventually wound up on injured reserve. At press time, he's symptom free, and it shouldn't impact his status, but concussions have a tendency to recur, and every subsequent one adds greater long-term risk, a factor the Jaguars and Shorts would undoubtedly take into account should he suffer another.
Shorts had an outstanding rookie training camp, but the wheels fell off his bus once the regular season began as he tallied two receptions for 30 yards and one touchdown. Despite the abysmal totals, Shorts is expected to make the final 53 as he began to show chemistry with QB Blaine Gabbert down the stretch and is working with a new WR coach in Jerry Sullivan. Even if reports out of training camp indicate Shorts looks ready to make an impact, temper your expectations; with Justin Blackmon, Laurent Robinson and Mike Thomas in the mix at receiver, Shorts may not receive enough opportunity to make a considerable fantasy impact in his sophomore season.
Shorts boasts good receiving fundamentals, but may face a significant learning curve in training camp due to the low level of competition he played against in college. Still, if he shows any sort of potential, the Jags' receiving talent is thin at best, so he will be given every opportunity to succeed. Don't expect him to start out of the gate, but long-term, he could be a decent possession receiver.