Cecil Shorts III came out of nowhere in 2012 and took the NFL by storm. Following a disappointing 2011 rookie campaign in which he caught only two passes, Shorts quickly became the biggest threat the Jaguars had in 2012.
Shorts was the deep threat the Jaguars had been searching for for years. His 17.8 yards-per-reception average led the AFC and was second to only Vincent Jackson in the entire NFL. He was tied for fourth in the conference with 17 receptions for more than 20 yards and tied for eighth in the AFC with seven touchdowns. Shorts III not only had a breakout season, he had one of the best season's for a wide receiver in the AFC.
His performance is even more impressive when one considers the quarterbacks he had to work with. The players who made the Pro Bowl—Andre Johnson, A.J. Green, Reggie Wayne and Wes Welker—all have Pro Bowl-level quarterbacks or young studs throwing them the ball. Shorts had Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne as his quarterback, neither of which play at a high caliber. The fact the Shorts III had such a successful season despite the poor quarterback play makes his season look just that much better.
Even if Shorts was voted into the Pro Bowl, he wouldn't be able to play. Shorts was placed on injured reserve after suffering his second concussion in a month against the Patriots.
Although he couldn't play in the Pro Bowl, Shorts deserved recognition as one of the AFC's best receivers. His ability to return from the concussions will go a long way in determining how the Jaguars' 2013 season will play out.