With the Jacksonville Jaguars already out of any possible playoff scenario, the final games of the year will be mainly to evaluate which players can keep a spot on next season’s roster.
The team has many questions on both sides of the ball, and even though the franchise took some nice steps going forward – especially in the second part of the year – the best they can do in the remaining part of the regular season is to try to answer some of those doubts on the field by seeing how the young players can perform.
In that sense, it’s a very good move to shut down wide receiver Cecil Shorts III so he can heal completely from his injury.
Shorts was already sidelined in the last game against the Buffalo Bills as he couldn’t recover from a groin injury, and that same pain has been bothering him through the majority of the season. Despite having a good year with almost 800 yards and three touchdowns, there’s no point in keeping Shorts playing if he can aggravate his injury.
With Justin Blackmon suspended, Cecil Shorts III sidelined and Maurice Jones-Drew battling a hamstring problem, Chad Henne will have to rely on the likes of Jordan Todman, Ace Sanders and Denard Robinson to make plays in the final weeks of the season. It’s clearly not what the fans are looking to see, but it’s the best solution for the franchise long-term.
If Todman and Sanders can show they can be competitive players for the 2014 season, then this team can be in a much better position for the upcoming year where the Jags will probably continue taking steps towards respectability in the NFL.