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WR Cecil Shorts - Jacksonville Jaguars

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): For once Shorts isn't being downgraded because of an injury. Blake Bortles and the Jaguars pass protection aren't playing well enough to support even one steady WR play, and if you're going to own a Jacksonville receiver, Shorts isn't the one to target.

Week 8: vs Miami Dolphins

Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Blake Bortles continues to struggle with turnovers - he's had at least two interceptions thrown in four out of five starts, and tossed three last week (17/31 for 159 yards passing, one TD and two sacks taken for -8 yards). He did find Allen Robinson for a TD last week (seven targets for 4/60/1) and also relied on Clay Harbor (six for 6/34/0). Cecil Shorts III actually saw the most targets, with nine, but only converted 3/12/0 receiving. The Jacksonville passing attack is still very much a construction zone entering Week 8. The Dolphins' pass D ranks fourth in the NFL averaging 213.3 net yards allowed per game, with 11 pass TDs given up balanced by four interceptions (tied for 18th in the NFL) and 17 sacks (tied-12th). Jacksonville is worst in the league with 29 sacks given away - Bortles will have pressure in his face all day long while facing the Dolphins. Jay Cutler and company could only manage 21/34 for 172 net yards, one TD and one interception thrown vs. Miami last week (Cutler was sacked three times for -18 yards). This looks like a bad week to rely on the Jaguars' passing game. Look elsewhere for your starters.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 at SD 0 0 0 4 2 25 0 0
6 at TEN 0 0 0 16 10 103 0 1
7 vs CLE 0 0 0 9 3 12 0 0
8 vs MIA PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 5 * * *
8 vs MIA PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 5 * * *
8 vs MIA PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 4 * * *

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.


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