Cecil Shorts III enters his second season with the Texans after signing a two-year deal during the 2015 off season. Shorts had an uneventful year with the Texans in 2015, where he missed five games due to various injuries, including shoulder and hamstring issues. Shorts also played in the least number of games since his rookie season in which he appeared in 10 games.
With 42 receptions (75 targets), 484 yards, and two touchdowns, Shorts was learning the offense as the season went on. Coming in primarily a the starting slot wide receiver, he had to learn the scheme on the go, and there were bumps in the road getting on the same page as the quarterback. He did lead the team in yards after the catch with 223, which is part of the reason the Texans went to look for more dynamic playmakers.
Everything looked like it was going well and it could still be, but Shorts is going to have to prove he can make it happen during camp. Asked to take a pay cut at the end of mini-camp, the timing of that move comes with the Texans having gotten a good look at their younger talent. The pay cut puts Shorts back on an even playing field with the entire wide receiver group except DeAndre Hopkins. It will take a solid camp from Shorts for him to be part of the roster when week one rolls around.
Roster Status: After the pay cut, Cecil Shorts III is going to have to win his roster spot. Expect him to be in competition with Keith Mumphrey.
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