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Cecil Shorts was targeted 12 times and caught seven balls for 61 yards against the Colts.
Those totals seem fine and dandy until you realize Shorts was also responsible for two Blaine Gabbert interceptions.
On the first pick, Gabbert threw a back-shoulder pass downfield. Shorts stopped behind Vontae Davis and went up to get the ball, but it hit him in the hands and landed in the arms of a very surprised Davis.
Later in the first half, Gabbert looked Shorts' way on a third-down play. Vontae Davis almost jumped the route, but the ball was on target and found its way to the hands of Shorts. However, the pass hit Cecil in the hands and went straight to Darius Butler, who walked into the end zone for an easy touchdown.
In the third quarter, the Jaguars were able to drive inside the Colts' 10-yard line after a nice catch and run by Ace Sanders. Shorts was targeted twice in the end zone, and both passes should've been caught for touchdowns, but they simply bounced off his hands.
If Cecil Shorts wants to be considered one of the league's best wide receivers, he simply can't hand the ball to the opposing team.
Shorts' deflected interceptions aren't any better than a running back fumbling the ball. He'll never join the league's elite until he can consistently catch the ball when it hits him in the hands, and he'll always be on the outside looking in if he continues to turn the football over.