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Cecil Shorts | Wide Receiver

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/22/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 202
College: Mount Union
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The Texans expect Cecil Shorts to play both inside and outside.
Shorts will compete with third-round rookie Jaelen Strong for outside reps in two-wide sets. His role as the slot man in three-wide formations should be intact. Still, it's hard to be excited about Shorts given how many targets DeAndre Hopkins is going to hog and how much the Texans want to run Arian Foster. May 7 - 11:59 AM
Source: ESPN.com

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Texans agreed to terms with WR Cecil Shorts, formerly of the Jaguars, on a two-year, $6 million contract.

For now, Shorts will slot in as the Texans' No. 2 receiver. Shorts is capable of playing both inside and out, but might be best left in the slot at this stage of his career. Shorts flirted with stardom in 2012 before soft-tissue injuries and quarterback issues derailed his 2013-14. Still only 27, Shorts still has some upside to offer, but his injury woes coupled with the Texans' quarterback issues make him an unlikely fantasy-rebound candidate. The Texans shouldn't be done adding bodies at receiver.
Mar 16 - 2:50 PM

Free agent Cecil Shorts doesn't have a visit planned with the Browns.

Shorts has been connected to the Browns since the beginning of free agency, but they appear more focused on Dwayne Bowe. Shorts is visiting the Texans on Monday.
Mar 16 - 11:45 AM

Free agent Cecil Shorts is visiting the Texans on Monday.

It's Shorts' first-known visit, though he's been linked to the Chargers, Browns and Jets. The Texans' receiver depth chart is barren behind DeAndre Hopkins. Shorts would prove a much-needed No. 2 threat, but has struggled mightily to stay healthy.
Mar 16 - 10:46 AM

Union-Tribune San Diego confirms the Chargers have interest in free agent WR Cecil Shorts.

Shorts would give the Chargers a slot receiver to replace Eddie Royal. He's also drawn interest from the Jets, Browns and Dolphins, but has yet to visit with any teams. Shorts is Rotoworld's No. 5 available wideout.
Mar 14 - 3:31 PM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi does not believe free agent WR Cecil Shorts will sign with the Browns.

A Cleveland native, Shorts was linked with the Browns from the start both because of his roots and Cleveland's desperate need for wide receivers. Shorts has also drawn interest from the Jets, Chargers and Dolphins. He is Rotoworld's No. 4 available wide receiver.
Mar 14 - 12:03 PM

Free agent Cecil Shorts is drawing interest from the Jets.

Perhaps the Jets would envision Shorts as a slot receiver between Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall. The Browns might be considered a slight favorite to land Shorts because he grew up in Cleveland. The Dolphins are also in on Shorts.
Source: NJ.com
Mar 12 - 5:44 PM

The Browns are "still interested" in free agent Cecil Shorts.

They're not done adding low-end No. 2 wideouts after locking up Brian Hartline. Shorts had some nice early-career moments with the Jaguars, although he primarily racked up stats in garbage-time mode on perennially bad teams. Of course, the Browns are a perennially bad team, too, but Shorts would have far more competition for targets from Hartline and Andrew Hawkins.
Mar 10 - 1:49 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins have "(internally discussed)" free agent Cecil Shorts.

Cleaning house at receiver, the Dolphins would be buying low on a player who appeared on the verge of exploding in 2012. Per reporter Barry Jackson, the Dolphins like what Shorts brings after the catch. According to Pro Football Focus, Shorts averaged 5.1 yards after the catch in 2014, a nice number. Recently released Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson offered nothing after the catch.
Mar 5 - 10:35 PM

ESPN Cleveland doesn't expect the Browns to sign free agent WR Cecil Shorts.

Shorts has been previously linked to Cleveland, but the Browns are believed to be higher on Brian Hartline. A declining talent with a history of soft-tissue injuries, Shorts could struggle for guaranteed money beyond 2015. Shorts is Rotoworld's No. 8 available wideout.
Mar 4 - 6:47 PM

ESPN Browns reporter Jeremy Fowler reports free agent WR Cecil Shorts is on Cleveland's radar.

The Browns are among the most wide receiver needy teams in the league. Josh Gordon is suspended, and the rest of the corps is a mix of undersized players and below league-average talents. Shorts is a declining talent with a long history of soft-tissue injuries, but he would represent a major upgrade. Shorts is Rotoworld's No. 8 available wide receiver.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 11:43 AM

ESPN Jaguars reporter Michael DiRocco's "best guess" is that free agent Cecil Shorts signs with the Browns.

DiRocco is merely connecting dots, but it makes sense. Shorts grew up and went to high school and college in Cleveland and nearby Alliance, respectively. The Browns are in desperate need for receiver help with Josh Gordon suspended for the 2015 season and Miles Austin a free agent. Shorts also won't be expensive after a down year. He could rehab his value as Cleveland's No. 1 receiver.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 11 - 10:13 AM

The Jaguars aren't expected to re-sign impending free agent Cecil Shorts.

Neither do we. Shorts didn't make any big plays in his contract-year, failing to score a single touchdown after Week 1, and has also battled a multitude of soft-tissue injuries over the past couple seasons. He's looking like the new Miles Austin. The Jaguars will move forward with Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee, and Allen Hurns at receiver and possibly add another to the mix. Shorts is unlikely to command much guaranteed money on the open market in March.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 11:31:00 AM

Cecil Shorts caught 5-of-10 targets for 47 yards in the Jaguars' Week 17 loss to the Texans.

He also tossed a 23-yard touchdown to Jordan Todman. Shorts' season ends with a disappointing 53-557-1 receiving line. Shorts battled hamstring issues all summer and ended up missing the first two games of the season. He later missed one more game, but managed to stay relatively healthy. The production wasn’t there, however. We can’t place all the blame on the quarterback because Shorts played with Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne in the past. Shorts was more hurt by the additions of Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee, and Allen Hurns at receiver, making him just a part of the offense instead of the go-to guy. After torching defenses for long touchdowns the previous two seasons, Shorts had just one 50-plus-yard catch. Shorts is set to become a free agent in March. The smart money is on the Jaguars moving on without Shorts.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 04:27:00 PM

Cecil Shorts caught 2-of-7 targets for 15 yards in the Jaguars' Week 16 win over the Titans.

It was another brutal effort for a veteran in the midst of a disappointing season, as Shorts committed no fewer than three drops. In a sign of how Shorts' night went, one of his muffs was wiped out by an offensive pass interference penalty. Shorts won't be a recommended DFS play in Week 17 against the Texans.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 11:45:00 PM

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Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ryan Mallett
2Brian Hoyer
3Tom Savage
RB1Arian Foster
2Alfred Blue
3Jonathan Grimes
4Chris Polk
5Kenny Hilliard
GLB1Arian Foster
2Alfred Blue
3RB1Arian Foster
2Jonathan Grimes
FB1Jay Prosch
WR11DeAndre Hopkins
2Damaris Johnson
3Keshawn Martin
4Keith Mumphery
5Travis Labhart
WR21Cecil Shorts
2Jaelen Strong
3Nate Washington
4Alan Bonner
5Uzoma Nwachukwu
WR31Jaelen Strong
TE1Garrett Graham
2C.J. Fiedorowicz
3Ryan Griffin
4Anthony Denham
5Khari Lee
K1Randy Bullock