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WR Cecil Shorts - Jacksonville Jaguars

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

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Week 12: at Indianapolis Colts

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Blake Bortles started off his NFL career with a bang (he took over as quarterback from Chad Henne (4/7 for 33 yards passing, three sacks taken for -11 yards during the last matchup vs. Indianapolis), throwing two TDs against the Colts (14/24 for 223 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown) as his team went down in defeat 17-44. Since then, Bortles has suffered the typical NFL growing pains that rookies face, and currently stands at 176/278 for 1,920 yards passing with eight TDs and 14 interceptions to his credit (34/204/0 rushing). At Dallas he finished with 22/37 for 262 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown, and four sacks taken for -28 yards. Unfortunately, Jacksonville lost Allen Robinson (broken foot) for the season - he was second on the team in receiving vs. Dallas two weeks ago (10 targets for 5/60/0 receiving), behind Cecil Shorts III (seven for 5/119/0). The Colts' pass D is 27th in the NFL averaging 262.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with 18 passing scores given out vs. eight interceptions (tied for 19th in the NFL) and 24 sacks (14th) generated. Tom Brady threw 19/30 for 257 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions at Indianapolis last week (zero sacks taken), while Eli Manning threw 27/52 for 349 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions (with two sacks taken for -10 yards) against the Colts two games ago. This is a good matchup even for a green rookie like Bortles.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
8 vs MIA 0 0 0 8 3 41 0 0
9 at CIN 0 0 0 7 5 40 0 0
10 vs DAL 0 0 0 7 5 119 0 0
12 at IND 0 0 0 3 1 6 0 0
12 at IND PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 6 * * *
12 at IND PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 5 * * *
12 at IND PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs CIN (7 / 5 / 40 / 0 rec)

Shorts' first reception came early in the first quarter on 3rd-and-15. Shorts gained 13 yards before the defense closed on him. Shorts lost most of those yards on his second reception, when Bortles threw him a screen pass that went backwards for 10 yards. In the third quarter, Shorts caught a pass after play action down the seam for a big gain. A fake screen in the fourth quarter allowed Shorts to find space down the sideline for a first down reception, but he was forced to absorb a huge hit from Bengals safety George Iloka. Shorts, Allen Hurns and Robinson were the Jaguars' three key receivers in this game, but Shorts was clearly the third option of those three.

2014 Week 10 vs DAL (7 / 5 / 119 / 0 rec)

Shorts' caught his first target and that target came down the field early on the first drive. He ran a crossing route after play action to set the offense up in Cowboys territory. Late in the second quarter, Shorts offered the Jaguars another big play when he adjusted well to a slant route before continuing down the sideline for a huge play. Shorts was having his most impressive game in some time. In the third quarter, he gained nine yards on a bubble screen with aggressive running down the field. Shorts wasn't heavily involved, but he was creating yards everytime he got the ball. In the fourth quarter, he found space over the middle of the field after Bortles held the ball on a bootleg action.

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Schedule

12@ Indianapolis Colts
13vs New York Giants
14vs Houston Texans
15@ Baltimore Ravens
16vs Tennessee Titans
17@ Houston Texans