JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Jacksonville Jaguars have narrowed Denard Robinson's playlist. The Jaguars originally put the former Michigan star in just about every offensive formation and special teams unit they had during offseason workouts. He lined up at running back, receiver and quarterback, and also returned punts and kickoffs. However, there was one recurring theme: ball security. Robinson, who's listed as an "offensive weapon" on the depth chart, struggled to hold onto the football, dropping passes, fumbling snaps and botching punts.
Mike Brown, who played quarterback at Liberty, didn't have a lot of options when he came out of college a year ago. He wasn't considered an NFL prospect as a quarterback and the scouts didn't believe if he could make the transition to wide receiver. He wasn't invited to the league's scouting combine and the Jaguars were the only team to offer him a contract as an undrafted rookie free agent.
Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert returned to 11-on-11 drills during Thursday's practice. Gabbert didn't participate in 11-on-11 work during Wednesday's practice after spraining his ankle in Monday's session. Gabbert was 3-of-5 passing in 11-on-11. He completed a nice throw to receiver Cecil Shorts 20 yards downfield. However, Shorts was stripped by safety Dwight Lowery and safety Chris Prosinski recovered the ball, returning it 40 yards for a score. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley praised Gabbert for returning to live action.
Cecil Shorts III is an underdog success story, having come out of the tiny, 2,200-student University of Mount Union in Ohio as an undersized wide receiver to carve a place for himself with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the last two years. The former track star was sidelined for the end of last season with a concussion, but he is positioned to be one of the top targets this year for whoever ends up throwing passes for the Jags. Competition could be on the way for Shorts, though, and it could be coming from his own home.
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