Buccaneers WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. With Vincent Jackson out for the year, Shorts might be in for a big snap count in his first game back.
Oct 19, 2016 · 6:41 PM EDT
Buccaneers WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday. If Shorts can get healthy, there’s a chance he can win the WR2 job in Tampa, but for now we expect Adam Humphries will benefit most from the absence of Vincent Jackson.
Tampa Bay placed wide receiver Vincent Jackson on injured reserve on Tuesday after the veteran suffered an ACL injury in the Bucs' win over Carolina in Week 5.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Jackson played through an ACL injury, but received no medical attention. Rapoport adds that Jackson realized following the game that it didn't feel right. Jackson finished that game with three catches for 36 yards and will finish his fifth season in Tampa with 15 receptions for 173 yards.
Tampa is already without Doug Martin and Charles Sims at RB and Cecil Shorts at WR. Louis Murphy is back at practice and could eventually help. As the story said, Jackson was only Winston's fourth-favorite target at this point in the season.
Buccaneers HC Dirk Koetter says he feels good about his receiving corps and is not of the belief Vincent Jackson "is anywhere close to being done."
Jackson struggled with a knee injury in 2015, but produced as a fringe fantasy WR2 (3.9-66-0.38) in the eight games that he was able to finish. Ageism is real in fantasy football, and given his 11th-round ADP, owners are already writing him off in early drafts. If his knee looks healthy this offseason then he'll be a nice value later on in the draft.