Cecil Shorts III, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
School: Mount Union
FANTASY FOOTBALL ANALYSIS
After a disappointing rookie campaign, Shorts saw an expanded role during the 2012 season and surprised everyone by hauling in 55 passes for 974 yards and 7 touchdowns. He emerged as a very good deep threat and if it weren’t for a concussion, he likely would’ve reached 1000 yards in his sophomore campaign, even with Blaine Gabbert throwing him the ball.
The main reason Shorts saw limited action in his rookie year was thanks to his inability to read and react to pro coverages. After a year of seasoning, he has gotten much better and should only improve from here on out while possessing solid speed down the field and plays bigger than his size indicates. This Jaguars team really has more weapons than one would realize, with Blackmon finishing right behind Shorts in receiving yardage and possessing a 500 yards per year tight end in Mercedes Lewis. For Shorts’ sake, one would hope that Blaine Gabbert will improve and that appears the only obstacle preventing Shorts from being a true WR2 in fantasy football.
Heading into 2013, Shorts should be viewed no more than a WR3 option with some upside, depending on the QB play. I’m not a believer in Gabbert and I’m definitely not alone, but with Maurice Jones-Drew hopefully healthy this year, the offense shouldn’t be short on weapons. If Chad Henne, while not a great quarterback, he’s better than Gabbert, regains the starting spot at QB, Shorts value will gain a boost, but until then, it’s hard to count on any Jaguars receiver heading into 2013.