Shorts emerges as late-game playmaker for Jaguars

Associated Press  |  Last updated September 24, 2012
Cecil Shorts' cell phone is still buzzing. Less than 24 hours after his 80-yard touchdown reception lifted the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 22-17 win at Indianapolis, Shorts is still receiving texts from friends, family members and unknown numbers. Shorts says he has no idea who some of the messages are from, ''but love is love.'' Shorts is the team's biggest surprise. The second-year pro has five catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns, both in the closing minute of games. He hauled in a 39-yarder from Blaine Gabbert with 20 seconds left in the season opener at Minnesota, putting the Jaguars ahead 23-20. Specials teams and defense turned that potential game-winner into a footnote as the Jaguars lost 26-23 in overtime. This time, Shorts was able to really celebrate.
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