Jacksonville Jaguars 2013 Breakout Player Projections

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December 23, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts (84) is chased by New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) during the second half of the game at EverBank Field. The Patriots defeated the Jaguars 23-16. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

It could be a tough year for Jaguars fans. I think there are some really nice pieces in place for Jacksonville, but it’s clear that this team is in rebuilding mode, and the new coaching staff chose not to move on from Blaine Gabbert this offseason. In order for the Jaguars to not be picking first overall next offseason, they are going to need a big year from the former Missouri product.

There has been a ton of turnover for this team on the defensive side of the ball, and with a new regime entirely, the Jaguars are in a state of major transition.

That’s not always a bad thing, however. Sometimes, bringing in a bunch of new talent with a new coaching staff an ignite a franchise, and the Jaguars need it. New uniforms and all, this is going to be an interesting Jaguars team to watch. Here are three players we feel can have a breakout season. We will look at one player from each of the last three draft classes.

Third Year — Cecil Shorts III, WR

Shorts had something of a breakout year in his second NFL season in 2012 when he had 55 catches for 979 yards and seven touchdowns, but it wasn’t overly consistent.

That is to be expected of a young player, especially a lighter receiver who has struggling quarterbacks throwing him the ball. All in all, it was a really solid season for Shorts, who emerged as the Jags’ top receiving threat the same season they used their top pick on Justin Blackmon, the troubled receiver out of Oklahoma State.

With his ‘coming out’ party in 2012, Shorts is bulked up and ready to break out in 2013. I think he could have around 80 receptions and 1,200 yards if Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne is able to consistently get him the ball. I’m really excited about what this young player can do.

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