Kawann Short
Kawann Short
31-Year-Old Defensive TackleDT
Carolina Panthers
Questionable
Injury Foot
2020 Fantasy Outlook
After being named to his second Pro Bowl in 2018, Short unfortunately made just two appearances last season due to a shoulder injury. His absence coincided with the Panthers' defensive performance dropping off significantly, but in spending this year's first two draft picks on the front seven, Carolina added new life to support Short this season. When at his best, Short ranks among the most disruptive interior defensive lineman league-wide, but he'll have to re-prove himself during his age-31 campaign. In three seasons prior to 2019, he averaged nearly 50 tackles and 5.5 sacks while playing 46 games. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $80.5 million contract with the Panthers in April of 2017.
Won't play in Tampa
DTCarolina Panthers
Foot
September 18, 2020
Short (foot) is out for Sunday's game at Tampa Bay, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Short returned from last year's season-ending shoulder injury to record four tackles on 63 percent snap share in a Week 1 loss to the Raiders. He apparently picked up a foot injury along the way, and he'll now be out for at least one game. Short has been one of the better defensive tackles in the NFL since the Panthers picked him in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, so his upcoming absence could help Tampa Bay's Tom Brady and Ronald Jones. The Panthers are left with 30-year-old journeyman Zach Kerr and rookie sixth-round pick Bravvion Roy as their main options for DT snaps alongside first-round rookie Derrick Brown.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Kawann Short's measurables compare to other defensive tackles?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 3"
 
Weight
315 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
5.08 sec
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Despite missing the first two games of his six-year career, Short was named to his second Pro Bowl last season. That came thanks to only 42 tackles and three sacks, both marking his lowest totals since 2014, but Short also made an impressive 12 stops for loss. Among the league's best interior defensive linemen, Short will welcome the addition of fellow DT Gerald McCoy this season. Both players will hope to benefit from each other's presence, potentially helping them approach their former All-Pro bests.
With Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh playing in a 3-4, Geno Atkins might be the only 4-3 tackle more feared than Short. He's a leading contributor to an annually tough Carolina run defense, and he comes through for IDP owners by reliably hovering around the 50-tackle mark with an average of just over eight sacks per season the last three years. Upside is always limited with 4-3 tackles, and the same is true of Short, but he should prove a fine DL2 in 12-team formats.
While Short likely doesn't have much upside due to playing defensive tackle in Carolina's 4-3, he's shown enough production the last two years to qualify as a worthwhile consideration in most formats. With Star Lotulelei at the other tackle spot and 2016 first-round pick Vernon Butler playing often off the bench, Carolina rotates each by capping Short's play count at about 800. But 110 tackles and 17 sacks the last two years shows he can make a reliable impact even if he only logs a modest number of snaps.
When Short was a potential draft pick out of Purdue, the question wasn't whether he had talent. The blessings were always self-evident, but it was unclear if he'd show the motor and consistency needed for his talent to manifest. At this point there is no question – Short is one of the most dominant linemen in the league, and he's the anchor for one of the league's most feared defenses. Even as a big-bodied run stopper, Short demonstrated uncommon disruptiveness in 2015. The sack total (11) will probably drop, but he's still among the few tackles that stand out as useful IDPs.
Through his first two seasons, Short has emerged as a dynamic interior defensive lineman. In an expanded role last season, the 2014 second-rounder accumulated 40 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. Now slated for a full-time starter's role at defensive tackle, Short's stock could continue to climb in Year 3.
Short, Carolina's second-round selection last season, developed nicely over the course of his rookie campaign, finishing with 30 tackles (18 solo) and 1.5 sacks. In Year Two, Short could unseat veteran Dwan Edwards as the Panthers' starting defensive tackle next to Star Lotulelei. With that in mind, a slight boost in production could be in store for the athletically gifted Short.
An impressive athlete for someone his size, Short will play behind Dwan Edwards at defensive tackle this season, but figures to see his share of playing time nonetheless.
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Upgrades to limited practice
DTCarolina Panthers
Foot
September 17, 2020
Short (foot) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports.
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Misses practice due to foot
DTCarolina Panthers
Foot
September 16, 2020
Short (foot) did not practice Wednesday, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.
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Nearing full range of motion
DTCarolina Panthers
August 2, 2020
Short said Sunday that he's nearly regained full range of motion with his shoulder, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports.
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Gearing up for practice
DTCarolina Panthers
June 25, 2020
Coach Matt Rhule expects Short (shoulder) to be ready for training camp, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports.
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Lands on IR
DTCarolina Panthers
Shoulder
October 1, 2019
Short will be placed on injured reserve after having season-ending shoulder surgery, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.
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