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Defending Cecil Shorts

Nov 20, 2013 -- 10:26am

By: David Levin (@davidlevin71)

After sitting back and sifting through comments and stories about Cecil Shorts and the statements he made after the Jaguars' 27-14 loss at home to the Cardinals, I have to say part of me agrees with him and part of me wants him to shut up.

As a man and an athlete, I respect the fact the one thing that has been consistent with this team over the last two seasons besides Josh Scobee has been the pass catching of No. 87. As a leader on the team and the only man on offense to be able to say he has been productive - maybe the Mt. Union product has a real beef.

“What I said was what I said. I just want to help my team get better and improve. I’m not trying to start anything. I’m not that type of guy. I’m not that person. I just want to help my team. I’m a competitor. That’s all I’m trying to do.”

Shorts was obviously unpleased with the way things turned out on Sunday, but in retrospect, how can he not be after two subpar games where he had only four receptions. If there are issues with quarterback Chad Henne or offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, they must be addressed on the quick. Even in the loss on Sunday, the Jaguars showed more life in the passing game - with the tight ends and Ace Sanders playing prominent roles in moving the chains. One would expect against the Texans, a team that has one of the best defenses in the NFL, Shorts will have his name called plenty this coming week.

The wide receiver position has been one of constant trouble and heartache for this franchise. Starting with Andre Rison and R Jay Soward to Jimmy Smith and Justin Blackmon, the one constant the Jaguars could depend on at the position besides Keenan McCardell has been Shorts.

Who knew Gene Smith would actually hit on a player in the draft and a small school player at that?

“I just know I want to help the team win,” Shorts said in Monday‘s interview on Jaguars.com. “That’s my biggest thing, to help the team improve and get better. I feel like I can do that by getting the ball. However they want to do it – we’ll figure out a way to make it happen.”

The words seem sincere, but he will have to show he really means it after an outburst like one on Sunday. If Shorts shuts his mouth, goes out and catches 10 passes for 130 yards and a score or two, then all is forgiven. If Shorts goes out there and plays his normal game and has only three catches, then (no pun intended), Houston, we have a problem.

For some reason, I believe his sincerity and hope he will help this team more than hurt it.

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