QCecil Shorts
WR TB (6)
13 minutes ago

Smith won't return to Sunday's game at San Diego due to a knee injury, Scott Smith of the Buccaneer's official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

After taking a hit to the knee on Tampa Bay's first possession of the contest, Shorts required the service of a cart in order to leave the field, according to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. Upcoming evaluations will determine the severity of the injury, but the fact he couldn't leave the field under his own power or with the help of trainers, he may indeed have a serious issue. Once a diagnosis is known, his recovery effort will come into focus.

QCecil Shorts
WR TB (6)
6 days ago

Shorts caught one of his three targets for six yards in Sunday's 14-5 win over the Seahawks.

EDGE Analysis

After an uptick in production in three successive games, Shorts regressed in a matchup against the Seahawks' stingy secondary. Mike Evans was the focal point of the air attack in the first quarter with two touchdown receptions, and the Bucs primarily rode a ferocious defensive effort that thoroughly stymied Russell Wilson and company for the balance of the game. The veteran wideout remains the No. 2 receiver, but his production is clearly going to fluctuate week-to-week in an offense where primary pass catcher Mike Evans receives an inordinate amount of the targets.

QCecil Shorts
WR TB (6)
2 weeks ago

Shorts brought in five of seven targets for 62 yards in Sunday's 19-17 win over the Chiefs.

EDGE Analysis

Shorts looks to finally be settled in to his No. 2 receiver role, having tallied seven catches overall in the last two games and setting season high marks in receptions, yards and targets Sunday. In fact, Shorts has now seen his numbers in all three of those categories increase in each of the last three games, an encouraging development for his fantasy prospects. He'll look to continue upping his contributions when the Bucs face off with the Seahawks in Week 12.

QCecil Shorts
WR TB (6)
3 weeks ago

Shorts gathered in two of five targets for 38 yards in Sunday's 36-10 win over the Bears.

EDGE Analysis

Shorts continues to crawl out of his personal hole that saw him record just one catch over the first four games in which he was active. He now has three receptions over the last two games for 58 yards, although he's been far from efficient, as he's needed nine targets to secure that tally. However, there's room for plenty of growth production-wise for Shorts, given that the Bucs' wide receiver depth chart remains considerably thin beyond Mike Evans.

QCecil Shorts
WR TB (6)
1 month ago

Shorts hauled in one of four targets for 20 yards in Thursday's 43-28 loss to the Falcons.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran receiver finally got back on the stat sheet after having been shut out the last two weeks. Shorts had been considered a natural fit as a veteran addition considering his resume and past experience in head coach Dirk Koetter's offense, but he's managed only two receptions while also missing over a month due to a hamstring injury. With Mike Evans in the concussion protocol after sustaining a hit late in Thursday's game, the Bucs need Shorts to begin generating the caliber of production he's proven capable of in the past in order to give the passing game a fighting chance.

QCecil Shorts
WR TB (6)
1 month ago

Shorts received the start in Sunday's 34-17 victory over the 49ers but received zero targets on 31 snaps, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran receiver's complete absence from the box score was the biggest surprise to come out of Sunday's victory, given Shorts' experience and solid resume as both an inside and outside receiver. It was surprisingly special teams captain Russell Shepard, he of the three career receptions heading into the Week 7 contest, that filled the void created by Vincent Jackson's (knee) absence, converting six targets into five catches for 77 yards and his first career touchdown. However, considering Shorts' previous body of work, it's safe to consider Sunday's result an outlier, one that the veteran wideout is likely to start putting behind him in a Week 8 matchup against a beatable Raiders secondary.

QCecil Shorts
WR TB (6)
1 month ago

Shorts (hamstring) is active for Sunday's Week 7 tilt versus the Niners.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran wideout gets first crack at replacing the sidelined Vincent Jackson (knee) opposite Mike Evans. Shorts' experience playing both inside and outside in past seasons figures to help him flourish in the role against a highly vulnerable Niners secondary.

QCecil Shorts
WR TB (6)
1 month ago

Shorts (hamstring) is expected to start at wide receiver opposite Mike Evans during Sunday's game against the 49ers, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Despite Shorts being listed as questionable heading into the weekend, coach Dirk Koetter plans to fill Vincent Jackson's (knee) vacancy in the starting lineup with Shorts. This would leave Adam Humphries and Russell Shepard as the No. 3 and No. 4 options at wide receiver, while tight end Cameron Brate also figures to play a role in the passing game.

QCecil Shorts
WR TB (6)
1 month ago

Shorts (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

EDGE Analysis

Shorts has been sidelined since Week 2 due to a hamstring ailment, but that problem looks to be behind him given his increased activity level this week. If Shorts is indeed able to return Sunday, his matchup with the 49ers and teammate Vincent Jackson's (knee) absence could help him improve on his lone catch for 12 yards this season.

QCecil Shorts
WR TB (6)
1 month ago

Shorts (hamstring) was a full participant in practice on Thursday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Shorts went from limited participation to full participation this week in practice, and now appears in line to play Sunday against the 49ers. With Vincent Jackson (knee) landing on injured reserve, Shorts could play a bigger role in Tampa Bay's offense. However, his hamstring aliment could leave him with highly monitored reps in Week 7, giving way to more offensive action for Donteea Dye.