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WR Cecil Shorts - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

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Week 13: at San Diego Chargers

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Jameis Winston has thrown 14 touchdowns and just three interceptions in his last seven games. He's had multiple TD passes in five of those seven games, and just engineered the defeat of Seattle and the 'Legion of Boom' secondary with 21/28 for 220 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown (with 5/12/0 rushing). As is usual, Mike Evans was a target hog vs. Seattle with 11 for 8/104/2 receiving, followed by Cameron Brate (five for 4/49/0). Russell Shepard (three for 2/23/0) and Adam Humphries (one for 1/18/0) made do with table scraps from Evans' table last week. Winston and Evans are very simpatico this season (Evans has snagged 10 of the 22 TDs that Winston has thrown, with 131 for 73/1,020/10 this season). The Chargers' pass defense frustrated Brock Osweiler last week (22/37 for 239 net yards passing, zero TDs and three interceptions thrown, with one sack taken for -7 yards) after allowing 17/34 for 231 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions to Ryan Tannehill. From Week Nine to Week 12 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), San Diego has averaged 24.1 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (ninth-most in the NFL); and 25.3 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (10th-most); with 7.2 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (11th-least). Osweiler's bad game was the exception, rather than the rule, for San Diego over the past four weeks. To date, San Diego is ranked 26th in the NFL averaging 271.3 net yards passing allowed per game, with 16 passing scores offset by a league-best 14 interceptions and 20 sacks (tied for 25th in the league) generated. This looks like a good matchup for Winston and company despite traveling to the Chargers' house this weekend.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
9 vs ATL 62 0 0 0 4 1 20 0 0 2
10 vs CHI 52 0 0 0 5 2 38 0 0 3.8
11 at KC 41 0 0 0 7 5 62 0 0 6.2
12 vs SEA 19 0 0 0 3 1 6 0 0 0.6
13 at SD 0 0 0 0 2 1 14 0 0 1.4
13 at SD PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 3 * * * *
13 at SD PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 3 * * * *
13 at SD PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 12 vs SEA (3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Winston loaded up a deep ball for Shorts down the left sideline halfway through the 2nd quarter, but Shorts was double covered and a defender batted the ball away as Shorts dove for it in the end zone. Shorts was also targeted on an overthrown deep ball in the 3rd quarter. He secured one short out route for a gain of 6 late in the end of the 2nd quarter, but was otherwise quiet for the day.

2016 Week 11 vs KC (7 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec)

Shorts had his most productive day as a Buccaneer, tying Humphries for 2nd most targets(7) behind Mike Evans(13). He secured 5 of those targets for 62 yards total. Shorts caught a deep crossing route for a gain of 19 in the 2nd quarter. He hauled in a heavily contested ball on another inside crossing route later in the 2nd for a gain of 10. Shorts got his hands on an out route at the end of the 1st half, but couldn't quite secure a ball that was overthrown by Winston.

2016 Week 10 vs CHI (5 / 2 / 38 / 0 rec)

Shorts let a pass deflect off of his hands on a crossing route in the 1st quarter, resulting in an interception. He secured his 2nd target on a deep post route in the 2nd quarter for a gain of 22. Shorts caught another pass on the sideline for a gain of 16 as the Bucs drove down with 2 minutes left in the 2nd quarter. Shorts was targeted in the back of the end zone late in the 4th quarter, but Winston threw the ball too high.

2016 Week 9 vs ATL (4 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)

With Vincent Jackson and Russell Shepard out, Shorts manned the outside receiver spot opposite Mike Evans. Shorts caught 1 of his 3 targets for the day, converting 4th and 16 late in the 4th quarter with a deep comeback route for a 20 yard gain.

2016 Week 2 vs ARI (2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Shorts returned kicks and worked his way into the receiver rotation in the 2nd half. His lone reception was a beautiful one-handed snag on a crossing route in the 3rd quarter. Winston overthrew him a bit, but he hauled the high pass down with his left hand for a 12 yard gain.

2016 Week 1 vs ATL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Newly signed Cecil Shorts did not see any offensive snaps, but did field kickoffs(all of which were touchbacks).

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Latest News

Buccaneers | Cecil Shorts suffers major knee injuries (Mon Dec 5, 01:47 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Cecil Shorts (knee) tore his right ACL, MCL, PCL and dislocated his right knee in a Week 13 win over the San Diego Chargers.

Our View: This injury could end his career. Shorts has been productive at times during his pro career, but he could not shake the injury bug. During six years in the NFL, Shorts has 229 catches, 2,979 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns.
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Buccaneers | Cecil Shorts carted off (Mon Dec 5, 08:20 AM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Cecil Shorts (knee) was carted off the field Sunday, Dec. 5, with what appeared to be a serious knee injury.

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Schedule

13@ San Diego Chargers
14vs New Orleans Saints
15@ Dallas Cowboys
16@ New Orleans Saints
17vs Carolina Panthers