Cecil Shorts WR HOU 2 months ago

Shorts has signed a two-year deal with the Texans, ESPN.com reports.

As it stands now, Shorts -- who recorded 53 catches for 577 yards and one touchdown in 13 games with the Jags this past season -- figures to start opposite DeAndre Hopkins in 2015, with the Texans having parted ways with Andre Johnson. Shorts will be catching passes from either Ryan Mallett or Brian Hoyer this season, but whoever ends up as the Texans' QB, Shorts' fantasy upside is tied to his ability to stay on the field. The 27-year-old wideout has missed 14 games to date over his four-year NFL career.

Cecil Shorts WR HOU 2 months ago

Shorts is meeting with the Texans on Monday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The 27-year-old Shorts, who has played for the Jaguars for the past four seasons, is coming off a campaign in which he recorded 53 catches for 557 yards and a TD in 13 games. The Texans' interest in the wide receiver makes perfect sense, given the team's lack of proven depth at the position in the wake of the release of Andre Johnson.

Cecil Shorts WR HOU 5 months ago

Shorts (shoulder) had five catches on a team-high 10 targets for 47 yards, while also throwing a 23-yard touchdown during Sunday's loss to the Texans.

Shorts has seen a steady decline in production since his 55-catch, 979-yard, seven-touchdown 2012 season, and he'll now head into free agency with his lowest receiving yards total (557 yards) since his rookie season. It's possible that the Jaguars bring him back, though with three rookie wideouts that have all shown signs of potential, Shorts is a long shot to make a major impact in Jacksonville next year.

Cecil Shorts WR HOU 5 months ago

Shorts (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Shorts has been very hit or miss lately, with one 76-yard game and three games under 40 yards, and the Texans' pass defense has played well against Andrew Luck and Joe Flacco in back-to-back weeks. The shoulder injury is not a concern, but there are plenty of other reasons to not have high expectations for Shorts this week.

Cecil Shorts WR HOU 5 months ago

Shorts (shoulder) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Texans, the Jaguars' official site reports.

Shorts continue to see his share of targets -- 28 over his last three games -- but his production has been hit-or-miss of late, making him a speculative play Sunday, on the heels of a two-catch, 15-yard effort in Week 16.

Cecil Shorts WR HOU 5 months ago

Shorts (shoulder) was limited at practice Wednesday, the Jaguars' official site reports.

That said, coach Gus Bradley indicated Wednesday that he "would fully expect" Shorts to play Sunday against the Texans. "I know in talking to him right now, he really wants this opportunity." Bradley noted of the wideout, who caught two passes for 15 yards in Week 16's win over the Titans.

Cecil Shorts WR HOU 5 months ago

Shorts caught 2-of-7 targets for 15 yards in Thursday's 21-13 win over the Titans.

Shorts, Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns are all getting a good number of targets, but Shorts has now fallen shy of 20 yards in three of his past five games. While he still figures to be involved for Week 17 against the Texans, Shorts hasn't made much of a case to be a key part of the 2015 Jaguars.

Cecil Shorts WR HOU 5 months ago

Shorts hauled in six catches for 76 yards in Sunday's loss to the Ravens.

Shorts rebounded from three straight disappointing performances to notch his first game of more than 35 receiving yards since Nov. 9. The 26-year-old led the team with 11 targets and now has 29 over his last three contests. Shorts has only reached the end zone once this season, however, as the play of Blake Bortles has significantly impeded his value.

Cecil Shorts WR HOU 5 months ago

Shorts had two catches for three yards in Sunday's loss to Houston.

Shorts was targeted a team-high 10 times but fell victim to the accuracy troubles that have plagued rookie quarterback Blake Bortles for most of the season. Despite his status as the Jags' top receiver, Shorts has just 44 total receiving yards over his last three games.

Cecil Shorts WR HOU 6 months ago

Shorts (illness) finished with four catches for 35 yards in Sunday's win over the Giants.

Shorts battled through flu-like symptoms in the week leading up to Sunday's game but took the field and was targeted by Blake Bortles eight times, which tied for tops on the team. While Shorts appears to be the Jags' unquestioned No. 1 receiver, he's turned in just two 100-yard efforts on the season and has topped 50 yards in just one of his last six games.