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WR Cecil Shorts - Houston Texans

6-0, 205Born: 12-21-1987College: Mount UnionDrafted: Round 4

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): Shorts has quite an arm, and he's back to being the team's #2 receiver. Without a touchdown pass he would have been a dud, but the Texans have some matchups that should be more high-scoring like New England and the possible return week for Andrew Luck left.

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Recent Stats and Projections

10 at CIN 45 0 0 0 7 3 16 0 0 1.6
11 vs NYJ 46 4 26 0 5 2 51 0 0 12.75
12 vs NO PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * 3 * * * *
12 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs NYJ (5 / 2 / 51 / 0 rec, 4 / 26 / 0 rush)

His day started off rough with two drops then it became the Cecil Shorts show for one offensive drive. Shorts was used as a read option quarterback and ripped runs of 12, 7 and 5 on the day. Then Shorts had a hand in 77 of the total 80 yard scoring drive for the Texans. How did it happen? Shorts had a five yard run, two key receptions of 16 (which he caught over Revis and took a big hit from a safety) and 35 (which was a near pick-6). Then Shorts had a touchdown pass to Alfred Blue for a 20-yard strike. Yates hit Shorts on a quick later pass and Shorts hit Blue out of the backfield across the field with no one near him for the touchdown. Shorts had an overall quiet day but woke up for the game changing drive of the game.

2015 Week 10 vs CIN (7 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)

It was Cecil Shorts first game back in nearly a month and he was rusty on the field. Only three reception and a key drop early in the game on a crossing pattern did not help. Shorts longest reception came on a 13 yard play on a key 3rd and long in the 3rd quarter. Hoyer looked his way but just couldn't get him going offensively.

2015 Week 6 vs JAX (6 / 4 / 63 / 0 rec)

Cecil Shorts caught the first pass of the game from he slot position and was off to the races for a 31-yard strike. It was a positive outcome for Shorts who had missed the last game with a dislocated shoulder. Shorts had a nice 15-yard reception wiped out after an offensive pass interference was called on Garrrett Graham on a key third down. He continues to get better the more and more he plays in the slot and it is evident with multiple receptions over 10 yards or more. (18,11 and 31)

2015 Week 4 vs ATL (10 / 6 / 87 / 1 rec)

Shorts was nonexistent in the offense with Mallett in the game and the offense stagnant not moving the football. Shorts, just like Hopkins, came alive when Hoyer came in garbage time. Shorts started controlling the middle of the field with his routes and made some nice receptions in traffic. His biggest reception of the day came on a deep ball when he beat coverage from the slot position for a 42- yard gain that put the Texans at the one yard line. Shorts showed his speed and ability to get vertical and looked completely different as a player with Hoyer at quarterback. Shorts' day was capped off with a broken play that he had to improvise on for an 8-yard touchdown reception.

2015 Week 3 vs TB (9 / 6 / 58 / 0 rec)

Still learning the offense, Shorts is getting used to being able to adjust on the run. Shorts is getting more comfortable in the slot and had four reception for over 10 yards. His big reception came on 3rd down when he beat man coverage for a diving 11 yard reception late in the 4th quarter for a key first down. Shorts has the speed to eat up yards in the middle of the field but he is still learning the position within the offense. One thing is for sure, he looks much more comfortable in week three that the previous ones. Shorts is becoming Mallett's safety valve if Hopkins is covered and he is turning the slot position into a viable position for the offense.

2015 Week 2 vs CAR (12 / 6 / 34 / 0 rec)

Shorts' best reception of the game went for 12 yard when he ran a seam route out of the slot. He had to jump to make the play but he ended up getting hit hard but he held onto the pass. The Texans also tried to get Shorts involved with a smoke screen that ended up going for -5 yards then a jet sweep that only went for 1 yard. Shorts got away with one early in the game when he had respecting knocked out of his hands that appeared to be a fumble. The play ended up being reversed but it was a key moment where Shorts could have made a key third down reception.

2015 Week 1 vs KC (8 / 4 / 57 / 0 rec)

He is settling into his role as a slot wide receiver and he dropped the first smoke screen to him on the first drive. After that Shorts became a threat across the middle of the field. His long reception came on a drag route with a catch and run for 20 yards. He also showed some ability to work in the middle of the field in traffic and wiggle between defenders. His big miss came on a deep post from the arm of Hoyer that was not called a pass interference when the defender clearly hit Shorts before the ball arrived. The Texans showed they are not afraid to use Shorts on the quick smoke screens, intermediate or on deep routes to get him involved.


Latest News

Texans | Cecil Shorts does it all (Sun Nov 22, 08:06 PM) - Houston Texans WR Cecil Shorts had two catches for 51 yards, four carries for 26 yards and threw a 21-yard touchdown pass in a 24-17 over the New York Jets in Week 11.

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Texans | Nate Washington, Cecil Shorts do little (Tue Nov 17, 12:40 AM) - Houston Texans WRs Nate Washington and Cecil Shorts III did very little in Week 10 against the Cincinnati Bengals Monday, Nov. 16. Washington posted two catches for 32 yards on five targets, while Shorts had three grabs for 16 yards on seven targets.

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Texans | Two Houston WRs probable (Sat Nov 14, 03:33 PM) - Houston Texans WRs Nate Washington (hip) and Cecil Shorts (hamstring) are listed as probable for Week 10 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Our View: Washington should be the best starter out of these two. We like Washington as a WR3/flex play while Shorts is more of a desperation "what the heck" flex in deeper leagues.
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Texans | Cecil Shorts, Nate Washington practice (Fri Nov 13, 08:29 PM) - Houston Texans WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) and WR Nate Washington (hip) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 13.

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Texans | Chris Polk, Cecil Shorts full go (Thu Nov 12, 07:07 PM) - Houston Texans RB Chris Polk (knee) and WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) participated fully in practice Thursday, Nov. 12.

Our View: Shorts is interesting as an option, perhaps as a WR4 flex, but neither of these two players are likely to be helpful in your lineup against a tough Bengals defense.

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