Cecil Shorts Poised To Emerge As Next NFL Superstar Wide Receiver

By Joey Farbo
Jacksonville Jaguars Cecil Shorts
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The Jacksonville Jaguars have been searching for an elite wide receiver that strikes fear in the heart of opposing defenses since the day that Jimmy Smith retired following the 2005 season and they may have found their guy in Cecil Shorts.

Shorts had a quiet rookie season after being drafted in the fourth round out of Division III Mount Union, but emerged in 2012 as the Jaguars best big play threat on an offense that had been stagnant in the passing game for years. Seemingly out of nowhere, Shorts had 979 receiving yards and seven touchdown receptions last season, falling only 21 yards short of becoming the first Jaguars receiver since Smith to reach the 1,000 yard milestone. It is a milestone Shorts would have easily reached if he didn’t miss two games late in the season due to concussions.

Shorts is motivated by the fact that he came up shy of the 1,000 yard mark last season and he thinks having the weight of the pressure to produce he put on himself the first two seasons lifted will allow him to be an even better player moving forward. Even with the pressure, Shorts found a way to make big plays for the Jaguars in 2012. He averaged a massive 17.8 yards per catch, which was second best in the league, and had five touchdown receptions of over 40 yards.

If Shorts improves on his 2012 season, then he is well on his way to becoming the next elite wide receiver in the NFL and a foundation piece for a young Jaguars roster moving forward.

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