Cecil Shorts caught two passes in the Jaguars' win over Tennessee two Sundays ago. This past Sunday, the team’s leading receiver caught two passes in a 27-14 loss to Arizona.
The win may have hidden the star’s feelings about how he was being used in the Jaguars’ game plan, but the lack of targets, coupled with the team’s ninth loss of the season may have been his breaking point.
According to profootballtalk.com, Shorts made his feelings known following the loss to Arizona.
" I’m not holding my tongue anymore. To have one target until seven minutes left in the game, that’s f—— dumb. That’s dumb, period,” Shorts said, via Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. “I have to say something and sit down with them because it’s getting ridiculous in my opinion.”
Shorts is being counted on to be the lead receiver in the Jaguars’ offense now that Justin Blackmon is suspended and cannot play again this season.
According to the online report, Shorts was still upset on Monday and did not recant any of his comments made from Sunday.
Shorts didn’t elaborate on whether he was going to say something to Henne or the team’s coaches, saying that he’d said enough already when asked about where the problem originated. Shorts was covered by Patrick Peterson on Sunday, which is a difficult matchup albeit one the Jaguars didn’t seem overly motivated to work around in order to get the ball into Shorts’ hands.
The Jaguars took advantage of mismatches in the first half of Sunday’s game, using tight ends early in he passing game. Chad Henne found Danny Noble for a 62-yard touchdown to give the team an early 7-0 lead. Jacksonville also found tight ends Marcedes Lewis and Clay Harbor.
Rookie wide receiver Ace Sanders was the primary target on Sunday, catching eight balls on the afternoon.
Shorts said on Sunday that he would talk to head coach Gus Bradley and offensive coordinator Cecil Shorts about his role in the team’s offense.