WR Cecil Shorts - Jacksonville Jaguars
|6-0, 205||Born: 12-21-1987||College: Mount Union||Drafted: Round 4|
News you need to know
From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Sep 29): Shorts' latest left hamstring pull is an aggravation of the one that caused him to miss the first two games of the regular season. An MRI is scheduled for Monday - further evaluations are ongoing, but once hamstring injuries become aggravated they are usually a more significant injury than the original problem. Stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News for the latest on Shorts as the Week 5 games approach.
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 29): Another week, another hamstring issue for Shorts. He had some value with Blake Bortles, but now it might not be worth holding him waiting for this to clear up.
General News (Wed Oct 1): did not practice on Wednesday. Shorts said he should be considered week-to-week because of his hamstring injury.
General News (Tue Sep 30): aggravated his left hamstring injury Sunday, Sept. 28. Shorts is not expected to play Week 5 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Week 5: vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Blake Bortles had an up-and-down day in his first NFL start, with 29/37 for 253 yards passing, one TD pass and two interceptions thrown, with thee sacks taken for -19 yards at San Diego. He leaned on tight end Clay Harbor the most, with eight targets for 8/69/0 receiving, while also throwing at Allen Hurns (six for 5/68/0) and Allen Robinson (seven for 5/38/0) quite a bit. Cecil Shorts III aggravated his nagging hamstring injury during the game (four for 2/25/0) and looks very iffy to play in Week 5. We'll see how Bortles handles the Steelers this weekend. Pittsburgh brings the league's 16th-ranked pass D to this dance, averaging 239.5 net passing yards allowed per game. They have coughed up seven passing scores over four games, with just one interception to balance this (next-to-last in the NFL). However, Pittsburgh does have a respectable seven sacks (tied for 18th in the NFL) and Jacksonville is worst in the NFL with 20 sacks allowed over four games - Bortles is going to have guys in his face during this game, friends. Last week, the Buccaneers surprised the nation with a 27-24 win over Pittsburgh, engineered by Mike Glennon's 21/43 for 287 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown performance. Two weeks ago, Cam Newton and Derek Anderson managed 29/41 for 307 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown (with three sacks taken for -23 yards). Lately the Steelers' pass D has slid several notches. This looks like a neutral matchup for Bortles, and he's got a bad rushing matchup in the other phase so Jacksonville will likely have to throw the ball to stay competitive in this game.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 3 vs IND (10 / 5 / 35 / 1 rec)
Shorts was targeted just once in the first half, but that was largely a result of the Jaguars offense's inability to stay on the field. Henne missed him as he ran down the sideline against tight coverage. Immediately at the start of the second half, Blake Bortles looked for his number one receiver when he came in, but he threw the ball behind Shorts on a slant route. Shorts eventually did catch his second pass of the game in the third quarter, but at the very end of the third quarter. He turned a short screen pass into seven yards. Shorts and Bortles were able to make up for their earlier attempt by connecting on a slant route to start the fourth quarter. Shorts caught the ball against tight coverage but managed to get a first down. It was at this point that Bortles should have looked to his number one receiver more, but he didn't. Instead, Shorts' next reception came late in the fourth quarter. Another slant route underneath, but this time it wasn't for a first down. Immediately after, Shorts added another slant route, this time getting the first down. Slant plays were Shorts' go-to move. After a fake spike, he caught a touchdown pass from Bortles on a slant in the endzone.
2014 Week 4 vs SD (4 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Shorts caught Blake Bortles' first completion in the NFL. It was a simple catch in the flat after play action that allowed him to get a first down. That was a simple play, but Shorts' second catch wasn't. On Third-and-Long late in the first quarter, Bortles threw the ball behind him on an out route just past the first down marker. Shorts adjusted to pull the ball in before falling out of bounds. Shorts left the game with an injury as his hamstring was again an issue.
Latest NewsJaguars | Cecil Shorts does not practice (Wed Oct 1, 04:50 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 1. link to story Jaguars | Cecil Shorts week-to-week (Wed Oct 1, 12:34 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) said he should be considered week-to-week because of his hamstring injury. Our View: Shorts can't possibly be trusted until he plays a full game and looks good. He should only be held in the very deepest of leagues right now. Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson will get extended looks as starters as long as Shorts and Marqise Lee are out.
link to story Jaguars | Cecil Shorts not expected to play (Mon Sep 29, 03:09 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) is not expected to play Week 5 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Our View: We're not surprised, and fantasy owners should have other options available. Without Shorts we'll just see more from guys like Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson.
link to story Jaguars | Cecil Shorts aggravates hamstring (Mon Sep 29, 09:22 AM) - Updating previous reports, Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) aggravated his left hamstring injury Sunday, Sept. 28. He'll undergo testing Monday, Sept. 29, to determine the severity of the injury. Our View: Bad news for Shorts here. The team has had trouble with keeping Shorts healthy after this hamstring injury has plagued him going back to the offseason. Hamstring injuries are known to linger if not given enough time to properly heal. Expect Shorts to be limited in practice...or out of practice, depending on what the testing shows.
link to story Jaguars | Cecil Shorts done for the day (Sun Sep 28, 06:30 PM) - Updating a previous report, Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) left the Week 4 game against the San Diego Padres due to a hamstring injury and he will not return. link to story More News
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