“We hope to get these guys back on the field this week: Cecil Shorts, Brandon Deaderick and Russell Allen,” Bradley said. “They should all be back. We’re doing some work with them again today but we feel good about their progress.”
Shorts, the leading receiver for the Jaguars during the 2012 season, has struggled with a calf injury that kept him from participating in either of the first two preseason games. In 2012, he finished with 979 yards receiving and seven touchdowns for the Jaguars.
Shorts is a popular sleeper that should essentially have a bunch of targets to himself for the first 4 games of the season while Justin Blackmon serves a suspension. But getting positive value out of Shorts probably requires that he’s healthy, so his nagging calf injury has been a little discouraging. Health on draft day is an underrated value I think as lots of drafters are fine discounting a player’s value for being injury prone while they think nothing of drafting a player that is hurt on the actual day of the fantasy draft. I tend not to take players off my board if they’re hurt, but I also won’t assume that I know their recovery timetable either. As it sounds like Shorts is coming back this week hopefully he can make the issue moot and you can draft him with confidence.