Nov 30, 2014; Jacksonville, FL, USA; The New York Giants breaks up the pass intended for Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiverCecil Shorts
(84) during the second quarter at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Best Offensive Offseason Acquisition – Cecil Shorts
The picture above perfectly illustrated Cecil Shorts’ time in Jacksonville. Quadruple coverage and a ball coming in like a knuckleball.
In his first few seasons in the NFL, Cecil Shorts has been allergic to scoring touchdowns. He has been dealt a horrible hand by being on a bottom three team for his entire career. The Jaguars rarely find themselves in the red zone and Cecil Shorts doesn’t spread the field and score deep touchdowns.
Even though he didn’t score many touchdowns in Jacksonville, he was able to rack up decent yardage and catch a lot of passes during endless garbage time. The Texans don’t seem like a team to be in much offensive garbage time because the defense holds opposing teams to few points. Instead, Cecil Shorts will be used in a lessened role that seems perfect for him.
Cecil Shorts needs to be a stable number two wide receiver for the Texans to be a successful signing. I think he can do it. He doesn’t have to face number one cornerbacks anymore and in an upgraded, balanced offense the defense will allocate more players to stop the run. With less targets, he will be a more efficient wide receiver, take some pressure off of rising star DeAndre Hopkins, and be worth the Texans free agent dollars.
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