Cecil Shorts on Blake Bortles: “He’ll be a superstar”

AP

Cecil Shorts may no longer be a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he’s still optimistic about the ceiling of quarterback Blake Bortles.

Now a member of the Houston Texans, Shorts said he believes Bortles has what it takes to succeed in the NFL.

He’s tough. Determined to be great. I think he’ll be a superstar in this league,” Shorts said, via Jayson Braddock of ESPN 97.5 in Houston.

Bortles had an encouraging performance in Jacksonville’s preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday. Bortles completed 11 of 15 passes for 118 yards with two dropped passes that could have significantly increased that total.

Bortles completed 58.9 percent of his passes for 2,908 yards as a rookie last season. He threw 11 touchdowns with 17 interceptions and was sacked 55 times. Shorts caught 53 of those passes for 557 yards and one touchdown in 13 games for Jacksonville last season.