WR Cecil Shorts - Free Agent
|6-0, 205||Born: 12-21-1987||College: Mount Union||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2011|
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).
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 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 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 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 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 13 vs SD (2 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Shorts was targeted on a deep ball down the right seam early in the 1st, but Winston overthrew him. Winston targeted him again on the next play, completing a crossing route for 14 yards on 3rd and 9. Shorts took a crushing hit to the knees on the play and left the game with what appears to be a dislocated knee, torn acl, torn mcl, and torn pcl. Shorts will certainly miss the rest of the season.
2015 Week 1 vs KC (8 / 4 / 57 / 0 rec)
He is settling into his role as a slot wide receiver and he dropped the first smoke screen to him on the first drive. After that Shorts became a threat across the middle of the field. His long reception came on a drag route with a catch and run for 20 yards. He also showed some ability to work in the middle of the field in traffic and wiggle between defenders. His big miss came on a deep post from the arm of Hoyer that was not called a pass interference when the defender clearly hit Shorts before the ball arrived. The Texans showed they are not afraid to use Shorts on the quick smoke screens, intermediate or on deep routes to get him involved.
2015 Week 2 vs CAR (12 / 6 / 34 / 0 rec)
Shorts' best reception of the game went for 12 yard when he ran a seam route out of the slot. He had to jump to make the play but he ended up getting hit hard but he held onto the pass. The Texans also tried to get Shorts involved with a smoke screen that ended up going for -5 yards then a jet sweep that only went for 1 yard. Shorts got away with one early in the game when he had respecting knocked out of his hands that appeared to be a fumble. The play ended up being reversed but it was a key moment where Shorts could have made a key third down reception.
2015 Week 3 vs TB (9 / 6 / 58 / 0 rec)
Still learning the offense, Shorts is getting used to being able to adjust on the run. Shorts is getting more comfortable in the slot and had four reception for over 10 yards. His big reception came on 3rd down when he beat man coverage for a diving 11 yard reception late in the 4th quarter for a key first down. Shorts has the speed to eat up yards in the middle of the field but he is still learning the position within the offense. One thing is for sure, he looks much more comfortable in week three that the previous ones. Shorts is becoming Mallett's safety valve if Hopkins is covered and he is turning the slot position into a viable position for the offense.
2015 Week 4 vs ATL (10 / 6 / 87 / 1 rec)
Shorts was nonexistent in the offense with Mallett in the game and the offense stagnant not moving the football. Shorts, just like Hopkins, came alive when Hoyer came in garbage time. Shorts started controlling the middle of the field with his routes and made some nice receptions in traffic. His biggest reception of the day came on a deep ball when he beat coverage from the slot position for a 42- yard gain that put the Texans at the one yard line. Shorts showed his speed and ability to get vertical and looked completely different as a player with Hoyer at quarterback. Shorts' day was capped off with a broken play that he had to improvise on for an 8-yard touchdown reception.
2015 Week 6 vs JAX (6 / 4 / 63 / 0 rec)
Cecil Shorts caught the first pass of the game from he slot position and was off to the races for a 31-yard strike. It was a positive outcome for Shorts who had missed the last game with a dislocated shoulder. Shorts had a nice 15-yard reception wiped out after an offensive pass interference was called on Garrrett Graham on a key third down. He continues to get better the more and more he plays in the slot and it is evident with multiple receptions over 10 yards or more. (18,11 and 31)
2015 Week 10 vs CIN (7 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
It was Cecil Shorts first game back in nearly a month and he was rusty on the field. Only three reception and a key drop early in the game on a crossing pattern did not help. Shorts longest reception came on a 13 yard play on a key 3rd and long in the 3rd quarter. Hoyer looked his way but just couldn't get him going offensively.
2015 Week 11 vs NYJ (5 / 2 / 51 / 0 rec, 4 / 26 / 0 rush)
His day started off rough with two drops then it became the Cecil Shorts show for one offensive drive. Shorts was used as a read option quarterback and ripped runs of 12, 7 and 5 on the day. Then Shorts had a hand in 77 of the total 80 yard scoring drive for the Texans. How did it happen? Shorts had a five yard run, two key receptions of 16 (which he caught over Revis and took a big hit from a safety) and 35 (which was a near pick-6). Then Shorts had a touchdown pass to Alfred Blue for a 20-yard strike. Yates hit Shorts on a quick later pass and Shorts hit Blue out of the backfield across the field with no one near him for the touchdown. Shorts had an overall quiet day but woke up for the game changing drive of the game.
2015 Week 12 vs NO (4 / 3 / 18 / 1 rec, 3 / 20 / 0 rush)
The offense continues to be creative on how they use Cecil Shorts III in the offense. Shorts is continues to run the offense with Grimes in their wildcat look and he had three carries with his long being seven yards. There are positive results when he touches the football running it. He was uses in the short passing game but he caught a three yard touchdown on a jet sweep with Hoyer pitching it to him on the move and he was helicoptered into the end zone after the run. It wasn't pretty but it counted as a touchdown reception. Shorts did have a fumble after a well set up screen play and when he broke into the open field he was stripped of the ball and it was recovered by Grimes.
2015 Week 13 vs BUF (10 / 6 / 91 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
It was Cecil Shorts most productive game in some time through the air. Shorts had receptions for 11, 14, 15, 17, and 23 yards on the afternoon. Getting behind the defense, he had success running crossing routes to get open for Hoyer. He is starting to understand the offense and is able to read defenses better and that was on display after he settled into a zone after reading the blitz off the corner for a 14 yard gain. Shorts did miss a big opportunity late, that would have been a first down after he was hit hard and dropped a first down.
2015 Week 14 vs NE (3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
Shorts was shut down by the Patriots and only had two receptions during the game. Shorts' long reception came on a 10 yard catch and run in the middle of the field where he made two defenders miss. The Texans also tried to get Shorts going in the wildcat but the two carries resulted in no yards. Shorts was pretty much a non-factor all game for the Texans offense.
2014 Week 3 vs IND (10 / 5 / 35 / 1 rec)
Shorts was targeted just once in the first half, but that was largely a result of the Jaguars offense's inability to stay on the field. Henne missed him as he ran down the sideline against tight coverage. Immediately at the start of the second half, Blake Bortles looked for his number one receiver when he came in, but he threw the ball behind Shorts on a slant route. Shorts eventually did catch his second pass of the game in the third quarter, but at the very end of the third quarter. He turned a short screen pass into seven yards. Shorts and Bortles were able to make up for their earlier attempt by connecting on a slant route to start the fourth quarter. Shorts caught the ball against tight coverage but managed to get a first down. It was at this point that Bortles should have looked to his number one receiver more, but he didn't. Instead, Shorts' next reception came late in the fourth quarter. Another slant route underneath, but this time it wasn't for a first down. Immediately after, Shorts added another slant route, this time getting the first down. Slant plays were Shorts' go-to move. After a fake spike, he caught a touchdown pass from Bortles on a slant in the endzone.
2014 Week 4 vs SD (4 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Shorts caught Blake Bortles' first completion in the NFL. It was a simple catch in the flat after play action that allowed him to get a first down. That was a simple play, but Shorts' second catch wasn't. On Third-and-Long late in the first quarter, Bortles threw the ball behind him on an out route just past the first down marker. Shorts adjusted to pull the ball in before falling out of bounds. Shorts left the game with an injury as his hamstring was again an issue.
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.
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.
2014 Week 12 vs IND (3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Shorts was targeted just once before the fourth quarter, when he was well covered on a post route. His first reception came on his next target, a short curl route on Second-and-10. That proved to be his only reception of the game.
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.
2014 Week 16 vs TEN (7 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Shorts dropped his first target, but the pass was thrown too wide as he ran a curl route and turned back to his quarterback. Late in the first half, Shorts caught a curl route as Bortles hit him in the chest near the goal line. He tried to drag the defender into the end zone, but couldn't manage it. Shorts missed a couple of catchable passes throughout the game, but caught a key out route for a first down late in the fourth quarter.
2014 Week 17 vs HOU (10 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)
To start the second drive, Shorts caught a short curl route for five yards. For his second reception, a reception that came early in the second quarter, Shorts made a tight sideline reception just short of the first down marker. Midway through the third quarter, Shorts caught a short curl route for five yards. Shorts wasn't being used much as a receiver, but after a turnover in the third quarter, he threw a touchdown pass to Jordan Todman on a trick play. On the final drive of the game, Shorts caught a short crossing route for nine yards. On fourth down a few plays later, Shorts caught a deep in route for a first down.
2013 Week 1 vs KC (11 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
Shorts was Gabbert's target on his first interception. He and the quarterback weren't on the same page as Shorts ran down the sideline as Gabbert threw anticipating a post route. On his second target, Shorts adjusted very well to a poorly thrown pass from Gabbert, but Brandon Flowers wrestled it from his grasp as he went to the ground. Shorts' next target didn't come until the fourth quarter, when Gabbert rocketed a screen pass to him causing him to miss what should have been an easy reception. Shorts couldn't reel in a tough reception soon after as Brandon Flowers was all over him on a curl route. Shorts and Gabbert finally connected on a curl route when he found some space against Flowers on third and two. Gabbert went straight back to Shorts on a very similar play with the same result. Shorts couldn't reel in a diving reception on a short out route two plays later. Shorts caught a 24 yard backshoulder pass from Henne late in the game on the second attempt. Shorts insisted he was getting open after the game, saying "The film doesn't lie. They weren't taking me out"
2013 Week 2 vs OAK (14 / 8 / 93 / 0 rec)
On the Jaguars' first third down of the day, Shorts couldn't catch a fastball from Henne as he ran an underneath route well short of the line of scrimmage. He should have brought the ball in, but it wasn't an easy reception with the heat on the pass and a defender on his back. Shorts was the target on the Jaguars' second third down, but this time he converted with a catch on an out route where he was wide open. A few plays later, on first and five, Henne tried to find Shorts after rolling out on a bootleg. Shorts was well covered on a short out route though as Tracy Porter knocked the ball away. On first down soon after, Henne tried to find Shorts on a quick in route underneath. Shorts fell down however and Henne could easily have been intercepted. Shorts finally made an indent into the Raiders' secondary on a bubble screen early in the second quarter. He caught the ball before sprinting down the sideline for a 17 yard gain. Henne tried to find Shorts again soon after on a curl route that would have gone for a first down, but the quarterback's pass was high and wild. Shorts' first reception of the second half came on second and 15, when he caught a short crossing route underneath. Shorts was clearly the Jaguars' primary receiver, however, the Jaguars' limited and cautious approach on offense meant his next reception came on a screen pass in the fourth quarter. He did well to gain four yards. Shorts' longest play of the day, a 22 yard reception, came down the sideline as he adjusted well to a back shoulder throw. Henne came back to Shorts with a similar pass on the next drive, the Jaguars' final one, but Shorts couldn't stay inbounds. On the very next play, the duo were able to connect as Shorts stayed in on the same pass play for a first down. Shorts followed that up with a 12 yard gain on a crossing route underneath. Henne found Shorts again on a five yard in route on the next play. He was tackled immediately.
2013 Week 3 vs SEA (15 / 8 / 143 / 0 rec)
Shorts' first target didn't come until late in the second quarter. He caught it, but he was out of bounds after running a comeback route to lose the defender. Shorts caught a slant on the very next play for a first down. Shorts caught a quick pass in the flat right in front of Richard Sherman. Shorts went straight out of bounds however for a very short gain. Henne went straight back to Shorts, when he caught an out route for six yards and a first down in front of Brandon Browner. Shorts tried to connect with Henne on a backshoulder throw in the third quarter, but Browner got the better of him deep down the sideline. Shorts broke free for a huge gain over the middle of the field as the Seahawks blew a coverage down the seam. Henne tried to find Shorts down the field again at the start of the fourth quarter, but he was tightly covered and the ball was thrown wide of the receiver. Shorts followed that up with a reception just short of the first down marker on third and long. After Jones-Drew converted the fourth down, Henne found Shorts on a backshoulder throw against Byron Maxwell down the sideline. Shorts came free down the seam and extended to catch a high pass from Henne. He made the reception, despite exposing himself to a blindside hit from the defensive back. Shorts then ran a curl route to come free for a first down and 14 yard gain. Shorts was clearly the Jaguars' best player, even though much of his good play came against the Seattle backups.
2013 Week 4 vs IND (12 / 7 / 61 / 0 rec)
Shorts caught his first target on Gabbert's first throw. He ran a deep in route and caught an accurate pass between two defenders. Gabbert went straight back to Shorts on the next play, but the quarterback threw an inaccurate back shoulder throw that allowed Vontae Davis to take the pass away. Later in the first quarter, Shorts made an athletic reception on a deep curl route over the middle of the field. Gabbert tried to find Shorts in tight coverage on third and four early in the second quarter, but Davis tipped the ball again meaning the ball was ultimately caught by a Colts defender. Two drives later, Shorts caught a screen pass. He evaded two defenders at the line of scrimmage to turn a negative play into a short gain. Shorts followed that up with a successful slant route in the third quarter. Late in the third quarter, Shorts caught a bubble screen when he was tackled as the ball arrived. He drew a penalty on Vontae Davis on the very next play. Gabbert tried to find Shorts at the goalline on a slant route, but Greg Toler had good coverage and prevented the touchdown. Two plays later, Shorts couldn't come down with a high pass on a fade route. On the final drive of the game, Shorts caught a deep in route for a first down. Shorts followed that up on the next play with a similar catch.
2013 Week 5 vs STL (10 / 5 / 74 / 1 rec)
On the Jaguars second third down of the day, Shorts beat a defender across the middle in man coverage for the first down. Shorts continued down the field with the ball for a big gain. Gabbert went back to Shorts on the next third down, but his quarterback threw the ball too far over the sideline for him to make a diving reception. Late in the first quarter, Shorts caught a bubble screen for 10 yards and a first down. When the Jaguars started a drive at their own one yard line, Shorts freed them on first down with a big catch down the sideline. He cleanly beat the defensive back and adjusted well to a slightly off pass. On third and short, Shorts caught a quick out from Chad Henne early in the fourth quarter. Shorts ran a slant in the end zone later on the same drive. Henne found him for the touchdown, but Shorts was forced to make a difficult reception after creating separation from the defensive back. On the next drive, when the Jaguars were facing a fourth and one, Shorts beat Janoris Jenkins down the sideline for what would have been a touchdown, but Henne missed him.
2013 Week 6 vs DEN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Shorts was in the team and looked to play, but he was unable to with a shoulder injury. Shorts has been a vitle piece of the offense this season so his loss was obviously huge.
2013 Week 7 vs SD (13 / 8 / 80 / 0 rec)
Shorts was the first target on the Jaguars' very first play of the game. He couldn't get to a slightly overthrown pass from Chad Henne deep down the seam. A few plays later, Shorts adjusted well to a poorly thrown screen pass before running down the sideline for a five yard gain. Shorts caught another screen for eight yards early in the second quarter. A few plays later, Shorts caught another screen before putting his shoulder down to try and break a tackle. Immediately after that play, he ran to the sideline and gestured to the staff as he held his arm stiff. Shorts came back in and caught a curl route underneath for nine yards on second and long. Shorts caught a quick out for five yards on first and 10. On the very next play, he broke a tackle for a 10+ yard gain on a quick bubble screen. Shorts caught a comeback route in the fourth quarter for a first down. Late in the fourth quarter, Shorts rose above a defensive back down the sideline for a very impressive reception and a first down. Shorts was heavily involved on offense despite his injury. Most of his touches came on screen passes or passes into the flat that he then turned into positive gains. Shorts dropped a touchdown wide open in the endzone very late in the fourth quarter.
2013 Week 8 vs SF (10 / 7 / 74 / 0 rec)
Shorts converted the Jaguars' first third down. He ran between two defenders over the middle of the field for a first down on third and 7. Late in the second quarter, Shorts converted a third and 10 after the Jaguars rolled the pocket to his side of the field. Henne went back to Shorts two plays later with a pass underneath for nine yards. Immediately after, Shorts beat two tackles on an in route before running down the sideline and getting out of bounds. Shorts caught a curl route two plays later for six yards. Shorts caught a 15 yard pass over the middle of the field in the fourth quarter. He immediately went to the sideline as he held his sore shoulder stiff to his side.
2013 Week 10 vs TEN (4 / 2 / 42 / 0 rec)
Shorts made an excellent catch for his first reception. Henne threw him a back-shoulder pass down the sideline and the receiver adjusted perfectly to pull it in against tight coverage. Shorts' second reception came at the start of the third quarter as he was open running down the seam after play action.
2013 Week 11 vs ARI (5 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Shorts caught a curl route for a first down late in the first quarter. Shorts wasn't targeted again until late in the fourth quarter, when Patrick Peterson suffocated his space away down the sideline. A few plays later he caught a curl route over the middle against a different defensive back. Shorts complained about his role in the game and again on Monday, so his targets could go back up next week.
2013 Week 12 vs HOU (11 / 8 / 71 / 0 rec)
Shorts' first reception was a bubble screen in the red zone when he was stopped just short of the end zone. On third and 2 in the first quarter, Shorts ran a slant route for a first down. On third and eight, Shorts did very well to extend and catch a crossing route before absorbing a big hit. Shorts had just one yard on third and long in the second quarter when the Jaguars blew a block on a bubble screen. On third and three in the third quarter, Shorts beat Johnathan Joseph on a slant route for a first down. On second and 17, Shorts caught a curl underneath before evading a tackle for nine yards. Shorts caught a first down pass on a comeback route early in the fourth quarter. On second and nine late in the fourth quarter, Shorts caught an out route for seven yards.
2013 Week 13 vs CLE (11 / 6 / 64 / 1 rec)
On third and 10, Shorts caught a six yard pass underneath to end the Jaguars' first drive of the game. Shorts dropped his next target, before he caught a screen pass for a short gain. Shorts dropped a big pass on third down in the third quarter that would have gone for a first down and could have given him a lot of yardage after the catch. In the fourth quarter, Shorts caught a quick bubble screen for a short gain. Shorts immediately caught another bubble screen for a first down after. Shorts caught a curl route in front of Joe Haden before breaking his tackle attempt for a first down. Although he struggled through a lot of this game, Shorts ran a perfect double move to lose Haden for the game winning touchdown in the final minute of the fourth quarter.
2013 Week 14 vs HOU (6 / 2 / 13 / 1 rec)
Shorts' first target came on the first drive of the game. He beat Johnathan Joseph, but the cornerback held him back to give up the penalty instead of the reception. Shorts caught a quick out for a first down, but the play was negated for a holding penalty on the offensive line. Early in the second quarter, Shorts drew a big pass interference penalty down the seam when he drew the attention of two defenders. That pass interference set up Shorts for his first touchdown as he beat Johnathan Joseph with a horizontal double move to the pylon. In the third quarter, Shorts caught a curl route short of the first down.
2012 Week 1 vs MIN (7 / 4 / 74 / 1 rec)
Shorts had a very nice day during which, while he didn't catch everything thrown his way, he showed improved route running, good hands and much better overall play than in his rookie season. He looked very good on his touchdown reception, a 39 yard toss from Blaine Gabbert. On the play, Shorts ran stride for stride with his coverage, but kept a nice cushion between himself and the sideline. When Gabbert threw the pass, he tossed it closer to the sideline, away from coverage. Shorts made a very nice adjustment to the pass (which was also a little short), hauled the pass in and took it into the end zone. Shorts was the second most targeted on the team an if he can continue to play like he did Sunday, could become a big part of the offense.
2012 Week 3 vs IND (2 / 1 / 80 / 1 rec, 1 / -4 / 0 rush)
Outside of a failed end around early in the game, when Shorts did well to escape Antoine Bethea deep in the backfield, Shorts was completely annonymous until the Jaguars' final drive. He made a major impact then however as he caught the game winning touchdown pass from Blaine Gabbert. Shorts caught a pass that was landed on his finger tips with no shortage of velocity before sprinting over 50 yards to the endzone. Shorts showed great explosion and hands on the play.
2012 Week 5 vs CHI (3 / 2 / 43 / 0 rec)
Shorts had the biggest play of the game for the Jaguars - a 34 yard gain just before half time. On the play, shorts had a nice move out of the gate and had a step on Tim Jennings. Gabbert laid the pass out to him and Shorts made a nice one-handed grab for a big play. He nearly had another big play near the end of the first quarter, but he hesitated a second and by the time he recovered, Gabbert had thrown the ball just out of his reach. Shorts also had a nice nine yard grab on third and seven just before half time on a medium square in. It was the only time that Jacksonville was in the red zone all day.
2012 Week 7 vs OAK (10 / 4 / 79 / 1 rec)
By far targeted more than any other Jaguar pass catcher, Shorts finished the day with 10 targets, catching 4 balls for 79 yards and a touchdown. It was a huge first quarter for Shorts, as he reeled in 2 passes for 61 yards and a score. He only caught more pass until overtime, when he arguably became the goat for the Jags, as he caught a short crossing route on third and long deep in his own territory and coughed up the football, leading to an easy field goal and win for the Raiders. He is certainly not to blame for the Jags giving away a 10 point lead in the 4th quarter. He has been vaulting his way up the depth chart over the course of the first seven weeks of the season, though. He started this game and was consistently the lone wide receiver when the Jags brought in a jumbo package, so there are positives to take away here. Moreover, he has routinely been getting open down the field this season, providing a threat that the Jags thought Laurent Robinson would be providing when they signed him.
2012 Week 8 vs GB (12 / 8 / 116 / 0 rec)
Quietly, Shorts is put together quite the season. He has 70+ yards in four of the first seven games includes this game against Green Bay, his best of the season. Shorts was the biggest benefactor when Gabbert was not pressured in the pocket. Shorts was a possession target with multiple catch just past the first down marker as well as down the field. On two occasions, Shorts found an open area deep in the Green Bay secondary for a long gain. Shorts once make a sideline catch when the safety did not roll to his side of the field quickly and another on a post route getting Jacksonville into the red zone. His ability to get off the line-of-scrimmage against man coverage and the ball skills to make the big catch give fantasy owners plenty of reasons to roster Shorts as injury insurance or a bye week fill-in.
2012 Week 9 vs DET (4 / 3 / 56 / 0 rec)
Shorts led the team in receiving yards but went absent for large parts of the game. His two biggest receptions came on similar plays, at the end of both halves. Both plays involved the pocket breaking down and Gabbert scrambling right before finding Shorts wide open in the middle of the field. He did not show the ability to get open within the framework of the play.
2012 Week 10 vs IND (13 / 6 / 105 / 1 rec)
Cecil Shorts had a very productive game on Thursday night but a lot of his value came in garbage time when the game was long decided. Shorts had a few drops however and left several plays on the field. Shorts dropped a pass that would have been a first down and also made a half hearted attempt at a hail mary pass that hit him in the hand on the way down. Nevertheless, Shorts looked explosive with the ball in his hands and knew how to get open often against the Colts. It looked like Shorts got his hands on a big pass down the field from Gabbert but a questionable call overturned the catch and it was ruled incomplete. Shorts came back shortly after with a big catch that was ruled complete this time. Shorts hauled in the pass on the sideline and exploded down the sideline for the gain. Shorts also caught the only touchdown for Jacksonville, from QB Henne. Henne threw a back shoulder fade in the redzone to Shorts, who was in the right place and secured the catch for the score. Shorts looked very impressive and one of the most dangerous receivers for Jacksonville on Thursday but his team is not playing well enough around him for Shorts to be a solid fantasy receiver.
2012 Week 11 vs HOU (6 / 3 / 81 / 1 rec)
With Justin Blackmon suddenly being effective Shorts was able to benefit from single-coverage to the outside. Primarily running quick outs, receiver screens, and drag routes, Shorts caught 3 passes on 6 targets against Houston. His best catch came on a quick screen to the left. On the play, Shorts plucked the ball from the air and quickly turned upfield at full speed. He knifed through two closing defenders and outraced them to the end zone 67 yards away. Shorts primarily lined up split to the left against the Texans.
2012 Week 12 vs TEN (7 / 4 / 105 / 1 rec)
With Chad Henne under center Shorts continues to display big play ability. Shorts is deceptively quick once the ball is in his hands and possesses breakaway speed not seen in Jacksonville in a long time. Shorts best play came on a 59 yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. On the play, he lined up split to the left but inside Justin Blackmon. Chad Henne threw a quick pass to shorts. The receiver jumped up and caught the ball and then found his top speed before the Titans defense could realize what was happening. He sped through the defensive backfield easily outrunning the Tennessee defense on the way to a touchdown. Shorts also had a 23 yard reception on first down. On the play, Shorts lined up split to the right. He caught the ball on a quick slant and quickly broke a tackle before speeding to the middle of the field for the large gain.
2012 Week 13 vs BUF (12 / 7 / 77 / 1 rec)
If there was one bright spot for the Jacksonville offense, it was Shorts. Shorts led the team in every receiving category, including a game high 12 targets. Shorts caught seven balls and Henne's lone TD pass in the 4th quarter. Working the quick slant, Shorts took two shots on the pass, but was able to absorb both and maintain control before falling into the end zone. Shorts' best catch wasn't even an official catch. Early in the 2nd quarter, Shorts beat the coverage down the sideline, but Henne's throw took the WR out of bounds. Shorts still made the acrobatic catch, but getting both feet in bounds was impossible. Immediately following the incompletion, Henne went right back to Shorts, picking up a first down on 3rd and 17. Shorts ran a deep out and again was forced to contort his body to make the catch, this time doing so before he was shoved out of bounds right at the sticks. Shorts' longest catch moved the Jacksonville offense into the red zone on their first TD drive. Working both the sideline and rookie Ron Brooks, Shorts hauled in the 24-yard pass. Shorts was unable to finish the game, however, as he took a shot on a quick slant from the aforementioned Brooks in the 4th quarter. Immediately following the grab, Shorts lost his footing and the slip exposed his head to a crashing Brooks. The hit brought 'oohs' and 'ahhs' from the 10,000 in attendance and forced Shorts into the locker room and out for the remainder of the game. Maybe not the most talented and certainly the less heralded, Shorts was the best weapon Jacksonville had on Sunday.
2012 Week 15 vs MIA (11 / 6 / 101 / 0 rec)
After missing last week, Shorts was back in the lineup and received 11 of the team's 34 passing targets. His 100-yard day was his fourth such performance in the past six games. His four-game touchdown streak came to an end, but he did have chances to score against Miami this week. He broke free deep in the closing minutes, only to have Henne miss him for a long touchdown. As Jacksonville piled up nearly 80 passing yards in garbage time, Shorts was one of the biggest benefactors. He had two big gains in addition to his missed touchdown opportunity detailed above. In the final seconds, Shorts was targeted twice in the end zone, once being knocked away by the defensive back. On his final target, Shorts caught the end zone target with full extension, but got just one foot down on the boundary. In addition to his six receptions, Shorts drew a defensive pass interference penalty early in the game coming back to the ball on a back shoulder pass. In six of his last seven games, Shorts has surpassed 16 points in PPR scoring. The Patriots and Titans are two very good matchups to close the season for the Jacksonville passing game.
2012 Week 16 vs NE (11 / 6 / 54 / 0 rec)
Shorts had 11 or more targets for a third straight game. Considering his opportunities, he had a pretty mediocre performance against one of the best matchups for a receiver. Shorts missed at least three prime opportunities for receptions, including a horrible drop for a 15-yard gain or more between zone defenders. Shorts could not control three targets in traffic, but was bailed out by a defensive holding penalty on one occasion. In vintage Cecil Shorts fashion, he was able to break free on one of Jacksonville's final drive with a big play. He shielded the defender from the ball on a comeback route, spun away from the tackle attempt, and scampered down field for a sizeable gain. Shorts' final target included a scary high hit by a defender down the field. Shorts was slow to get up and is reported to have a concussion heading into Week 17. This game marked 11+ PPR points in 8-of-9 games since Jacksonville's bye in Week 6.
2011 Week 2 vs NYJ (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The rookie out of tiny Mount Union spent his day returning punts and was targeted just once, on an interception by Jets CB Antonio Cromartie. Shorts appeared open, but Cromartie was just baiting quarterback Luke McCown and easily picked off the pass.
2011 Week 5 vs CIN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Shorts had a chance at a big play on the Jaguars' first possession, but slowed up on his route, nearly resulting in an interception.
2011 Week 7 vs BAL (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Shorts came on the field and it was the only time I actually saw the Jaguars try to stretch the field, poorly thrown football.
2011 Week 12 vs HOU (3 / 1 / 25 / 0 rec)
Targeted early but ineffective, Shorts had a pair of drops in the first quarter on balls that were reasonably tough catches but could have been brought in. His best play was a deep pass where he beat the Texans best cornerback and made a sliding catch as the ball was delivered a little behind him.
2011 Week 13 vs SD (1 / 1 / 5 / 1 rec)
Shorts may have had just one catch in the game, but he certainly made it count. Following a Jarett Dillard dropped touchdown pass, Shorts was the target of a high fade pass to the back corner of the end zone. He went up and over the defender to snag it high and did a good job of getting his feet inbounds as well. All of this happened despite Shorts being interfered with on the play (a penalty which was obviously declined).