WR Cecil Shorts - Jacksonville Jaguars
|6-0, 205||Born: 12-21-1987||College: Mount Union||Drafted: Round 4|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Shorts could be playing with Chad Henne, who knows Shorts better than the Jaguars rookie receivers. He's a desperation play on Thursday night this week.
Week 16: vs Tennessee Titans
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Blake Bortles suffered a mid-foot sprain last week, and since the Jaguars go on Thursday Night Football this week, it seems likely that Chad Henne will be back under center for Jacksonville. However, head coach Gus Bradley said on Tuesday that Bortles is progressing rapidly in rehab - the situation is in flux as of Wednesday afternoon. Neither quarterback (Bortles: 253/416 for 2,675 yards passing, 10 TD passes and 17 interceptions thrown, Henne: 42/78 for 492 yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown) has been particularly effective as a fantasy starter, so we'd advise avoiding this situation during fantasy championship week. The Titans' pass D is ranked 18th in the NFL averaging 239.1 net passing yards allowed per game, with 24 passing scores given out vs. 12 interceptions and 34 sacks generated so far (15th- and 13th-ranked in the NFL, respectively). Last week, the Jets tossed 16/28 for 163 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions at Tennessee (three sacks taken for-16 yards), while two games ago Houston posted 13/19 for 135 net yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions thrown. This looks like a neutral matchup for the Jaguars, but don't get too excited about this cellar-dwelling passing attack.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 13 vs NYG (8 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
Shorts opened up the game for the Jaguars offense with a catch on a quick curl route over the middle of the field. Late in the second quarter, Shorts caught a deep comeback route to convert a Second-and-7. In the fourth quarter, Shorts caught another first down pass on a curl route.
2014 Week 14 vs HOU (10 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
Blake Bortles targeted Shorts with his first two throws of the game. The first pass was uncatchable and so was the second, but the second saw Shorts draw a holding penalty for a first down. Shorts wasn't forced to wait long for his first catch though, as he caught a screen pass for a first down on the very next play. Shorts gave way to Hurns and Lee in terms of target after his initial flurry to start the game. He did still manage to have two drops on two underneath throws though.
2014 Week 15 vs BAL (11 / 6 / 76 / 0 rec)
Shorts caught Bortles' first pass of the game. He ran a slant route before two defensive backs converged on him. The veteran receiver not only made a contested catch, but also broke through the crowd to add a couple of yards after contact. Bortles missed Shorts down the field soon after on the same drive. During the second drive of the game, his quarterback was able to find him down the left sideline for a big gain. Shorts was getting plenty of opportunities early on in the game, as he caught a bubble screen on the third drive of the game for a couple of yards. With 40 seconds left in the half, Shorts caught a quick out route for a short gain. Shorts didn't see the ball again until late in the second half. He caught a quick slant route in the fourth quarter before breaking a tackle to get downfield for the first down. On the following drive, with the clock winding down, Shorts gained another first down with an almost identical play.
Latest NewsJaguars | Jordan Todman, Cecil Shorts see valuable time (Mon Dec 15, 06:30 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars RB Jordan Todman saw his most playing time of the year in Week 15 against the Baltimore Ravens, playing 27 of 68 offensive snaps. However, he ran just three times for seven yards and had a catch for 19 yards. WR Cecil Shorts was targeted 11 times in the game, which was his second highest total of the season (16). Our View: Each week the leading target in Jacksonville's offense seems to change. One week, Shorts is the man. Next week, Marqise Lee is the leader. Then, another week Allen Hurns will be at the top. The Jaguars offense is best avoided by fantasy owners.
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