Update, 3 p.m. ET: The Houston Texans and free-agent wide receiver Cecil Shorts have agreed to a two-year deal, a source told ESPN's Adam Caplan. Shorts joins a receiving corps that currently includes DeAndre Hopkins, Keshawn Martin, DeVier Posey, Damaris Johnson, Alan Bonner, Jace Davis, EZ Nwachukwu and Travis Labhart.
HOUSTON -- The Texans are visiting with former Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts on Monday, a source confirmed, and as he does, let's take a look at what you should know about Shorts.
Having attended Division III Mount Union (which also produced Pierre Garcon), Shorts went largely unnoticed coming out of college. A contributing factor was that Shorts suffered an injury during an East-West Shrine Game practice that year, reducing his opportunity to be seen. The Jaguars' regime at the time was delighted that injury kept him hidden and drafted him in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. He began his career with Blaine Gabbert as his quarterback, which isn't ideal for any receiver.
Shorts is talented and has the potential to be a very good receiver for a team. The one issue with him is potentially a big one: he's got a long injury history. I checked in with our Jaguars reporter, Mike DiRocco, and he offered this on Shorts:
Shorts has been productive when he has been healthy, catching 176 passes for 2,343 yards and 12 touchdowns in four seasons with the Jaguars. His best season came in 2012 when he caught 55 passes for 979 yards and seven touchdowns.
However, he’s had problems staying healthy. He has missed 14 games in his career because of a concussion and groin and hamstring injuries. He ended the 2012 and 2013 seasons on injured reserve and he missed three of the Jaguars’ first five games this season because of a hamstring injury. That capped a stretch in which he missed eight of a possible 24 games because of injuries. He missed six games as a rookie with hamstring injuries.
The 2014 season was supposed to be Shorts’ contract year but turned out to be a disappointment. He did lead the Jaguars in receptions but he had a critical fumble in the first game against Tennessee and two bad drops in the first game against Houston. Shorts never emerged as the team’s No. 1 receiver despite being the only player on the roster to enter the 2014 season with more than 32 career catches and finished with 53 catches for 577 yards and one touchdown. The receptions and yardage were the fewest he’s had since he caught two passes for 30 yards as a rookie.