A lot of stuff has gone wrong for the Jacksonville Jaguars this season, but one of the pleasant surprises has been the emergence of young wide receiver Cecil Shorts as a legitimate big play threat.
Unfortunately for the Jaguars, Shorts was placed on injured reserve this week after suffering his second concussion of the season in Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots.
Shorts ends his 2012 season only 21 receiving yards short of the 1,000 yard mark. If Shorts would have reached 1,000 receiving yards, he would have been the first Jaguars player to do so since Jimmy Smith did it in 2005.
Despite approaching the milestone, the Jaguars were smart to shut down Shorts and hold him out of the season finale on Sunday. At 2-13 the Jaguars are playing for nothing except for pride and Shorts may be one of the few players on the current roster who has earned his spot next year. Given the recent history the Jaguars have had with players suffering multiple concussions in a short period of time, the team really had no choice except to shut him down and give him the full offseason to recover.
Given a full offseason to recover, the wide receiver position appears to be one of the stronger spots on the Jaguars roster moving forward. For years the Jaguars have been weak at the receiver position, but now with Shorts, Justin Blackmon and Laurent Robinson catching passes whoever is playing quarterback for the Jaguars next season is going to have a nice compliment of weapons to target.