Dec. 2, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts (84) makes a catch and gets tackled by Buffalo Bills cornerback Crezdon Butler (29) during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Cecil Shorts Nears 1,000

Cecil Shorts III is only 176 yards away from the first 1,000 yard season by a Jaguar receiver since Jimmy Smith in ’05.  With another decent performance (despite a terrible overall offensive outing) against the Buffalo Bills this week, Shorts continues his quest for 1,000.

Shorts had a respectable 77 yards on seven catches against Buffalo.  He pulled in his seventh touchdown of the season as well.  While the 10 yards per receptions he recorded is well below his usual average of 19.16, Shorts is showing more versatility in the Jaguars offense.  He is not just a deep threat, he is also becoming the go-to guy for his quarterback.

Justin Blackmon may get a bit more attention, but it’s Shorts that is powering the Jaguars offense on both good days and bad.  Whether he puts up a 236 yard day or not, Shorts is the more reliable – and possibly versatile – receiver on the roster.

With only pride left to play for the march toward 1,000 yards is easily (in my opinion) the best thing going for the Jaguars.  With only four games left to play, Shorts should be able to pick up the final 176 yards.  He is averaging 68 yards per game currently.  I just hope that Chad Henne’s quarterback play holds up and Shorts continues to be the recipient of more passes.

- Luke N. Sims

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