So much for easing Jags WR Cecil Shorts back into things.
Shorts missed the first two games of the season with tightness in his left hamstring, but he played all 60 offensive snaps in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 44-17 loss to Indianapolis on Sunday. Coach Gus Bradley said before Week 2 that if Shorts did play against Washington they would monitor his reps. That apparently wasn’t the case on Sunday.
Shorts was targeted 10 times and caught five passes for 35 yards and a touchdown. After the game he said he had no issues with his hamstring.
"I felt good," Shorts said. "I tell you what, our training staff and our strength staff does a great job. They got me back real fast. It felt good to be back out there with the guys."
Now the question for Shorts is whether he can stay healthy for the rest of the season. He has missed 13 games with various injuries since being drafted in 2011, and he finished the last two years on IR. He has had hamstring problems, two concussions, a shoulder sprain (which he played through last season), and a sports hernia during the regular season. Rookie QB Blake Bortles takes over as the starter and Shorts may get a small bump in fantasy value as a result. But owners should probably take a wait-and-see approach in terms of what kind of connection Bortles makes with his young WR group, including Shorts.