| Allen Hurns (concussion) expected to play Week 12 -- Tue Nov 18 9:22 am --|
Rookie named starter opposite Cecil Shorts III
|Gus Bradley said wide receiver Marqise Lee continues to practice well. Bradley said before the bye the rookie had had his best two weeks of practice, and he said he had another good practice Monday.
“He’s showing his competitiveness,” Bradley said. “I think it’s just his mindset and he’s really taking advantage of this opportunity.” Lee’s opportunity is coming in the wake of a season-ending injury to rookie Allen Robinson, who is expected to undergo foot surgery this week. With Robinson out, Bradley on Monday said rookie Allen Hurns and veteran Cecil Shorts III will start, but that Lee will move into the third receiver role.
FF Today's Take: Hurns is a viable deep threat in the Jaguars offense but Cecil Shorts III will likely see a ton of targets this week against the Colts. Hurns is expected to be cleared from the concussion protocol and both he and the veteran Shorts make interesting plays this week in what should be a high-scoring game.
| Cecil Shorts misses practice Thursday -- Thu Nov 6 10:21 am --|
Expects to play Sunday
|Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts sat out today’s practice at The Grove with hamstring tightness but anticipates playing Sunday against Dallas.
“Taking today off to rest it and then go out there and practice [Friday] and go from there,” Shorts said before practice. “I felt good waking up this morning and [the trainers] were happy with my strength.” (Florida Times Union)|
FF Today's Take: Today was a rest day for the Jags receiver. As long as he makes it through practice on Friday without any setbacks he should be good to go Sunday against the Cowboys. Shorts is nothing more than a WR4. He's topped 41 receiving yards only once this season.
| Cecil Shorts aggravates hamstring injury -- Mon Sep 29 7:00 am --|
MRI scheduled for Monday
|Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts’ star-crossed season continued when he sustained a left hamstring injury in the third quarter and left the game. "I felt a pull,” Shorts said. "It actually happened on the play before [the interception] when I was getting off the line. I beat [the defender] and was running when he grabbed me and I felt something pull." (Florida Times-Union)|
FF Today's Take: Shorts will have an MRI to determine the extent of the damage. If and when he's cleared to play, the amount of injuries he's suffered through this season makes him unreliable for fantasy owners. Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson will likely be the leading receivers for Jacksonville in Week 5.
|Jags' Bortles getting ready for first career start -- Wed Sep 24 4:19 pm --|
Takes all reps with first team offense in practice
|Befitting his status as the new starter, Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles took nearly all of the first-team reps during practice today. Bortles said his mindset is a “little different” from Weeks 1-3, when he studied the game plan but got scout-team snaps to this week, where he is studying the game plan in the morning and at night and running it in the afternoon. (Florida Times Union)|
FF Today's Take: This is great news because Chad Henne was barely completing half of his passes this year. Blake Bortles came on strong at the end of training camp and now gets a chance to revitalize an offense ranked 25th in passing yards per game after three weeks. He will make mistakes and remains a QB2 for now, but has the ability to allow receivers Cecil Shorts and Allen Robinson to become productive fantasy assets in deeper formats.
| Cecil Shorts sits on Friday -- Fri Sep 12 11:10 am --|
Hamstring injury may cause Shorts to miss more than Week 2
|S Johnathan Cyprien not working Friday and WR Cecil Shorts III on side not practicing. (John Oehser via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Head coach Gus Bradley said yesterday "It’s not exactly good that he didn’t practice today, but we’ll see what happens." Shorts has been dealing with hamstring issues since early in the preseason. Fantasy owners need to be making plans to be without the receiver for the foreseeable future.
| Cecil Shorts out with hamstring injury -- Sat Sep 6 1:50 pm --|
Rookie receivers get big opportunity on Sunday
|The Jaguars have declared wide receiver Cecil Shorts out of the season opener at Philadelphia with a hamstring injury and he won’t make the trip for the game.
The other three players not making the trip are running back Storm Johnson, offensive tackle Austin Pasztor and tight end Clay Harbor. (Florida Times Union)|
FF Today's Take: Shorts had been bothered by a hamstring injury during training camp and it flared up again on Thursday. He was limited in practice Friday. With Shorts out, Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson (all rookies) will be the top targets for Chad Henne. Lee and Hurns offers the most fantasy appeal but both are desperation plays.
| Cecil Shorts still bothered by hamstring injury -- Fri Sep 5 11:59 am --|
Misses practice Friday
|Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts participated in this morning’s walk-through but is not practicing because of hamstring tightness that forced him to leave Thursday’s practice early.
Shorts was not present during the first 30 minutes of today’s workout.
It is expected that Shorts will be listed as questionable for Sunday’s opener at Philadelphia. (Florida Times Union)|
FF Today's Take: Shorts was unable to finish practice yesterday so it's looking more an more like he won't be available against the Bears this week. Expect him to be a gametime decision. If he can't go, Marqise Lee, Allen Robinson Allen Hurns and Mike Brown will be the top receivers for Chad Henne.