Dec 1, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts (84) catches the game winning pass in the end zone while being defended by Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) in the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Johnathan Cyprien, S
After a strong finish to his rookie campaign, Johnathan Cyprien has received a lot of buzz this offseason as a guy who could make the leap to stardom in 2014. Cyprien was unquestionably awful in his first few starts, but he improved by a considerable margin towards the end of the season. He looked fast and instinctive in coverage, while still being a destructive force in the running game. Under head coach Gus Bradley’s tutelage, Cyprien should continue to develop and be the centerpiece of an ascending secondary.
Cecil Shorts III, WR
There are plenty of breakout candidates on offense, but I want to make sure veteran receiver Cecil Shorts isn’t lost in the shuffle. Shorts has twice flirted with 1,000 yard seasons since being drafted in 2011, and he’s done that despite the atrocious play at quarterback he’s been forced to endure. Shorts will finally have a competent passer on his side whenever Blake Bortles gets onto the field, and he should get plenty of looks since he is by far the most experienced receiver on the roster. He should finally break the 1,000 yard mark in 2014.
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