“I’m just excited to get there and try and catch a lot of balls and help this team win,” Shorts III said in an interview with Texans Radio on Tuesday. “To pair up with (WR) D-Hop (DeAndre Hopkins) who had a great season last year and some other guys that played well as well. I’m just happy to get there and get things going.”
After spending his first four seasons with the Jaguars, Shorts is excited about the Texans' offense and the direction the team is headed in going into 2015.
“It feels good,” Shorts III said of joining the Texans. “This organization is definitely a franchise that’s very consistent with winning the last some-odd years. I think it was a great year last year being Bill O’Brien’s first year coming in going 9-7 and right in the playoff hunt and they’re just a franchise going in the right direction.”
The 27-year-old has racked up 176 receptions for 2,343 yards and 12 touchdowns in his career.
Shorts spent his first four seasons with the Jaguars, carving out a regular role over the last three years. He delivered his worst season during that three-year stretch in 2014, when he grabbed 53 passes for 557 yards and one touchdown over 13 games. He could line up as a starter in Houston in wake of the departure of Andre Johnson to Indianapolis.
Free agent wideout
In Houston, Shorts would compete for the No. 2 receiving job behind DeAndre Hopkins.
The Dolphins are looking for a receiver productive with yards after catch. Shorts ranked 37th among AFC players with 253 yards after catch in 2014, per ESPN. In 2013, Shorts was 33rd among AFC players with 292 yards after catch and in 2012 he ranked 13th among AFC players with 375 yards after catch.
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