Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts had only caught two passes for 30 yards in his rookie season in 2011 before having a breakout season last year.
Shorts nearly became only the third player in Jaguars’ franchise history to record a 1,000-yard season despite the poor quarterback play of Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne. Shorts ultimately came up just 21 yards shy of joining Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell as the only players to reach the 1,000-yard plateau. No Jaguars player has had a 1,000-yard season since Smith in 2005.
But to Shorts, that’s not good enough.
“It bothers me. It doesn’t sit well,” Shorts said of not reaching the threshold, via the team’s official website.
Shorts couldn’t find his way onto the field during his rookie season after being selected in the fourth round out of Division III Mount Union. He played in 10 games but saw limited production as a receiver. That all changed last year as he became one of the most productive options on an anemic Jaguars offense. Shorts still feels there is more he can bring to the table this season.
“I still feel like I have something to prove,” Shorts said. “That’s just how I’ve always been. I always play with a chip on my shoulder. I want to prove last season wasn’t a fluke, but really, last season doesn’t mean anything anymore. I want to continue to get better.
Shorts finished the year with 55 catches for 979 yards and seven touchdowns.