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 (hamstring) caught one pass for 17 yards on three targets in Thursday's preseason finale against the Falcons.
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Cecil Shorts: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Shorts returned to practice Sunday after being sidelined since the first day of training camp due to a hamstring injury. Projected to be the Jaguars' No. 1 pass-catching option this season, Shorts was handed Tuesday's practice off to ensure he's available Friday versus Detroit. Although his snap count will be limited, any game action should help Shorts gear up for the regular season.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Shorts injured his hamstring back on July 25, so a little rust is not unexpected at this stage. While it remains unclear what sort of plans the Jags have for the 26-year-old wideout over the team's next two preseason games, Shorts believes that he has enough time to get up to speed, in advance of the team's regular season opener. "Absolutely, it's more than enough time," Shorts said Sunday. "It's the perfect amount of time actually. I'm confident about that."
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Shorts' right hamstring injury has kept him sidelined since the opening day of training camp. Nonetheless, with a week of practice slated before Friday's preseason game, Shorts is expected to play in some capacity the next time Jacksonville takes the field. Considering Shorts enters the season as Jacksonville's No. 1 wideout, he'll use the remainder of the preseason to build chemistry with quarterbacks Chad Henne and Blake Bortles.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)On the plus side, the report suggests that Shorts' issue is not viewed as a long-term concern and that he could be back in time for the Jags' third preseason game, against Detroit on Aug. 22.
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.