After visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today, wide receiver Cecil Shorts ended up signing with the upcoming Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Mark Berman of FOX 26. Now, according to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, Shorts’ deal is only for one year.
During training camp, Shorts was fighting for a roster spot in Houston, but lost as the Houston Texans have new players at the wide receiver position. Those two new players include Braxton Miller and Will Fuller, who were both drafted this past draft by the Texans.
Last year, the 28-year-old receiver recorded 42 receptions for 484 yards, which came out to a 11.5 yard average per reception. Out of his five years in the league, he set a career high in catch percentage with an even 56 percent. In 11 games played, he started four of them and recorded a pair of touchdowns.
Interestingly, he adds versatility to the Buccaneers, as he can return both kicks and punts, plus he is also used on running plays, which falls under the jet sweep and end around like plays.
In addition to his career, the Mount Union product produced a total of 12 scores in 50 games as a Jacksonville Jaguar. He started 34 of those games and was targeted 350 times, which he caught 176 passes for 2,343 yards, which comes out to 13.3 yards per reception.
Finally, Shorts visited the Buccaneers first, as new Head Coach Dirk Koetter was his offensive coordinator in Jacksonville. They have a connection with each other and Shorts picked the right team, as he will contribute early to the team. He has a chance to take over the slot job from Adam Humphries, but it is Humphries job to lose. Lastly, injuries and lack of experience played a factor in acquiring the former fourth-round draft pick.
Note: Evan Spencer was waived to make room for Cecil Shorts.