Know Thy Enemy: Week 14-Jets vs. Jaguars

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Dec. 2, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts (84) during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Buffalo beats Jacksonville 34 to 18. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

TJP:I read that Cecil Shorts has passed his concussion tests. What are the chances of him playing, and if he does, tell us a bit about his game?

B&T:Shorts is still listed as questionable for Sunday and did not practice on Wednesday. I think he will see the field but would not be shocked if he was held out due to concussion symptoms. The team needs him healthy because his game has evolved from being a deep threat to becoming a real go-to guy with massive big play potential. Shorts is a receiver that exploits defensive weaknesses and miscues. He is also really good at winning one on one match ups. He may not garner the respect for double teams this year, but he’s making a case for rolling coverage and extra men his way for next year.

TJP:Were Jaguar fans hoping to see Mark Sanchez start on Sunday, or did they have a preference?

B&T: I don’t think it really matters to Jags fans. Tim Tebow is still a big draw (congratulations on nabbing him?) but ultimately it’s about a good product on the field. Jaguar fans have been starved of good play at home – at least by their own team – and it is nice to see good play from anybody. Unfortunately, I don’t think Tebow or Sanchez are providing much good play lately. It would be interesting, at least for me, to see McElroy get some reps again.

TJP:How about a prediction for Sunday.

B&T:As much as I like the Jaguars under Henne right now, I don’t see him pulling it out against the highly ranked pass defense of the Jets. The Jags are starting their fourth different running back of the season, a special teams player mostly against the mediocre at best Jets run defense (no offense), so I’ll call that a push for now. I say it’s a close 20-21 for the Jets.

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