OUTCecil Shorts
WR TB (6)
54 minutes ago

Shorts (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's Week 3 tilt versus the Rams, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Shorts had already been ruled out on Friday after injuring his hamstring on his first catch as a Buc in Week 2. Russell Shepard and Freddie Martino may see some increased usage against the Rams as a result of Shorts' absence, but Jameis Winston typically focuses on his top three receivers the majority of time.

OUTCecil Shorts
WR TB (6)
2 days ago

Shorts (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Los Angeles, Roy Cummings of WFLA Channel 8 reports.

EDGE Analysis

Even if he were healthy, which hasn't happened often the past few years, Shorts would likely just be the No. 4 or 5 wideout in Tampa Bay. His absence could leave a few more snaps for Russell Shepard and/or Freddie Martino.

OUTCecil Shorts
WR TB (6)
4 days ago

Shorts (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday, ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Shorts went down on his very first reception as a member of the Bucs on Sunday. It's unclear whether he'll be ready for Week 3.

OUTCecil Shorts
WR TB (6)
6 days ago

Shorts (hamstring) secured one of two targets for 12 yards and returned one kickoff for 19 yards before exiting Sunday's 40-7 loss with his injury.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran receiver was reasonably productive in his limited opportunity, but in a testament to the type of day it was for the Bucs all around, Shorts strained his hamstring on his first reception in a Tampa uniform. Currently slotted as the fourth receiver, his absence in Week 3 would figure to once again provide some additional opportunity for Russell Shepard.

OUTCecil Shorts
WR TB (6)
7 days ago

Shorts left Sunday's game with a hamstring injury and will not return, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Shorts' career has been absolutely marred by injuries, specifically hamstring ones, so this is not the news that the Buccaneers were hoping for. Consequently, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Shorts miss time if his injury is severe enough. He is currently listed as the fifth receiver on the depth chart, so if Shorts is forced to miss time, it shouldn't shake up Tampa Bay's wide receiver pecking order too much.

OUTCecil Shorts
WR TB (6)
3 weeks ago

Shorts could eventually push Adam Humphries for playing time in the third receiver role, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The six-year pro brings a solid resume that includes 218 career receptions for 2,827 yards and 14 touchdowns over four seasons with the Jaguars and one with the Texans. Shorts has lined up at every receiver position at some point during his career, so the idea of stealing some snaps and targets from Humphries is certainly conceivable once he gets up to speed in the offense. The 2011 fourth-round pick notably spent his rookie season under the tutelage of Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter, who was the offensive coordinator in Jacksonville at the time. Shorts would also bring more speed to the inside receiver role than Humphries, having posted 4.4-4.5 40 times coming out of college and a career-best 17.9 yards per reception in 2012.

OUTCecil Shorts
WR TB (6)
3 weeks ago

Shorts signed a one-year contract with the Buccaneers on Tuesday, Adam Caplan of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Shorts bolsters a Buccaneers receiving corp that has dealt with several injuries throughout the preseason. The veteran recorded 42 receptions for 484 yards and two touchdowns last season with the Texans and figures to add some emergency depth for Tampa Bay. The wideout may not be ready in time to take the field against the Falcons on Sunday, but look for more updates to come as the week progresses.

OUTCecil Shorts
WR TB (6)
3 weeks ago

Shorts is expected to visit with the Buccaneers on Tuesday or Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

EDGE Analysis

Shorts was released Saturday by a Texans team that suddenly has a wealth of young talent at wide receiver. The Bucs are in no such position, lacking upside behind the starting duo of Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, though No. 3 receiver Adam Humphries did show some flashes in the preseason. If signed, Shorts could emerge as a threat to Humphries' role within the first few weeks of the season.

OUTCecil Shorts
WR TB (6)
3 weeks ago

Shorts was released by the Texans on Saturday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

After taking a pay cut this offseason in an effort to stay with the Texans, an underwhelming preseason performance has sent Shorts out the door. He was ultimately beat out by wideout Keith Mumpery, who had an impressive preseason. Shorts could still get looks from other teams who are looking to add veteran depth at the wide receiver position.

OUTCecil Shorts
WR TB (6)
3 weeks ago

Shorts caught four of five targets for 27 yards in Houston's win over Dallas in preseason Week 4.

EDGE Analysis

Meanwhile, his greatest competition for the fifth and final wideout spot, Keith Mumpery, caught three balls for 83 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown. Shorts had minimal involvement with the first-team offense during the first three preseason games and then played only the second half of Thursday's finale. Everything about the preseason suggests his hold on a roster spot is tenuous as best.