Short finished the 2017 regular season with 49 tackles (27 solo), 7.5 sacks, two fumbles forced and one fumble recovery across 16 games. Short continues to put up excellent numbers for an interior defensive lineman, evidencing just why Carolina awarded him a five-year, $80 million contract last offseason. For reference, only three defensive tackles posted more sacks than Short this season, yet none of them totaled more tackles. With an average of 53 tackles along with a combined 24.5 sacks over the last three seasons, the 28-year-old is undoubtedly one of the best players in the NFL at his position.
Short compiled five tackles, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble Sunday against the Buccaneers. Short's stellar performance comes one week removed from being blanked across the fantasy stat line in Week 15 against the Packers. This kind of inconsistency can be difficult for fantasy owners to deal with in the midst of fantasy championships, especially against Matt Ryan, who has been sacked on just 4.5 percent of his dropbacks, ranking eighth in the league in said category.
Short posted three tackles (two solo) and a sack in Sunday's 17-3 loss to the Bears. Short has now tallied four sacks in Carolina's last four outings. He'll look to keep them coming when the Panthers travel to Tampa Bay next Sunday.
Short finished with two tackles (one solo) and a sack in Sunday's 33-30 win over the Patriots. Short has become notorious for slow starts, as besides his 2013 rookie season, he's never managed a sack before Week 4 of a campaign. Considering he now sports 18 sacks through his last 36 games, however, fantasy owners can expect Short to pick up the pace going forward.
Short signed a five-year, $80 million contract with the Panthers on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports. The Panthers had applied a $13.1 million franchise tag on Short in February, but the defensive tackle was able to pick up some more financial security by brokering a long-term deal before the July deadline. With a combined 110 stops and 17 sacks over the last two seasons, Short has established himself as one of the NFL's top interior tackles and should have a few prime years left in him as he prepares for his age-28 campaign.