(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer The emergence of receiver Cecil Shorts III made it easy for the Jacksonville Jaguars to part ways with Mike Thomas.
The Jaguars traded Thomas to the Detroit Lions on Tuesday, creating more opportunities for Shorts and rookies Justin Blackmon and Kevin Elliott.
''We're going to give a couple of other guys some chances to work in there and hopefully get better execution than we've been getting,'' coach Mike Mularkey said Wednesday. ''There's nothing that he did. It was just a matter of it wasn't the production we were hoping for. He tried. He did everything we asked him to do.''
Getting rid of Thomas was just part of the team's tweaks.
Mularkey said Shorts will continue to start at the X receiver position, meaning Laurent Robinson could wind up as a well-paid slot receiver. Jacksonville also claimed fourth-year receiver Anthony Armstrong off waivers from the Miami Dolphins.
Armstrong played in five games for the Dolphi...