WR Cecil Shorts - Jacksonville Jaguars
|6-0, 205||Born: 12-21-1987||College: Mount Union||Drafted: Round 4|
He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 27): Shorts suffered a leg injury during the game on Sunday, but returned to action after being treated by trainers on the sidelines.
General News (Fri Oct 31): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.
General News (Thu Oct 30): practiced fully on Thursday.
General News (Wed Oct 29): practiced fully on Wednesday.
Week 9: at Cincinnati Bengals
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Blake Bortles over the past three weeks: 67/111 for 716 yards passing, three TDs and six interceptions thrown. Among the Jacksonville receivers, only two players have caught TDs from Bortles during that three week span: Allen Robinson (26 targets for 17/210/2 receiving) and Clay Harbor (14 for 11/152/1). Cecil Shorts has seen the most targets (33), but done relatively little with his chances (16/156/0). Aside from Robinson and Harbor, there isn't much to interest fantasy owners on this passing attack right now. Bortles is killing too many drives with turnovers (both interceptions and fumbles lost). The Bengals bounced back from their 0-27 thrashing at the hands of Indianapolis to defeat the Ravens 27-24. Joe Flacco couldn't get anything going at Cincinnati with 17/34 for 187 net yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions thrown (one sack taken for -8 yards). It was a much better showing for the secondary than the 27/42 for 335 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions with two sacks for -9 yards that Cincinnati allowed to Andrew Luck two games back. For the season, the Bengals still have more interceptions (nine, tied for fifth in the NFL) than TDs allowed (eight), while generating a modest 11 sacks (25th in the NFL). Against the Jaguars' sorry pass-blocking (32nd in the NFL with 33 sacks allowed over eight games), the Bengals will likely ring up at least a few more sacks and snag an interception from the turnover-prone Bortles. Cincinnati is currently ranked 23rd in the NFL averaging 258.4 net passing yards allowed per game. This isn't a horrid matchup for Bortles, but he'll be in jeopardy of yet more turnovers against the ball-hawking Bengals, at their house in Cincinnati. Also, Denard Robinson has a good matchup in the other phase of the game so the Jaguars may not put the ball up very often in this one.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 6 vs TEN (16 / 10 / 103 / 0 rec)
Shorts was healthy enough to play in this game, but he wasn't targeted on the Jaguars first drive of the game. Bortles went to him early on the second drive for a key third down conversion as the veteran receiver ran a slant route. Two plays later, the Jaguars threw the ball to Shorts in the flat after play action, but he was met immediately by a defender. Shorts didn't see the ball again until the third quarter, when he caught a quick pass in the flat for a short gain. Later in the third quarter, Shorts caught a low comeback route from Bortles for a first down. Most of Shorts' targets were coming underneath and his next in the fourth quarter followed that trend. He caught a bubble screen against off coverage for six yards. On Third-and-11, Bortles checked down to Shorts over the middle of the field for a short gain. As the Jaguars were driving late in the fourth quarter to try and overcome a two score lead, Shorts caught a quick slant and ran the ball into the red zone. However, he was stripped of the ball from behind and the Titans recovered it. Shorts came back on the next drive with a reception on a curl route for a first down. On his deepest target of the day, Shorts adjusted well to a low pass for a 20+ yard gain.
2014 Week 7 vs CLE (9 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)
Shorts wasn't targeted in the first quarter as the Jaguars passing attack stuttered to start the game. His first reception came on the first play of the second quarter, when he caught a quick out for a first down. It wasn't easy for any of the Jaguars wide receivers in this game as Bortles struggled. His next reception came late in the fourth quarter and went for just two yards underneath.
2014 Week 8 vs MIA (8 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
Shorts' first reception came in the first quarter and went down the sideline for a big gain. After play action, he caught the ball in the flat after running behind the line of scrimmage at the snap. Shorts turned into open space for a relatively simple gain. Soon after on 3rd-and-9, Shorts caught a short pass underneath. A fumble from the veteran receiver was negated by penalty in the opposition's red zone late in the first quarter. In spite of that negative play, Shorts was showing up well early on. He opened the next drive with a quick slant pattern that turned into a first down.
Latest NewsJaguars | Cecil Shorts a full go (Fri Oct 31, 02:16 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (groin) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 31, and is probable for the team's Week 9 game. link to story Jaguars | Full practice for Cecil Shorts (Thu Oct 30, 04:42 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (groin) practiced in full for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 30. link to story Jaguars | Cecil Shorts practices (Wed Oct 29, 04:33 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (groin) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29. Our View: Shorts is nothing more than a WR4/flex play for fantasy owners....even with six teams on bye in Week 9.
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