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Jaguars vs. Raiders 2012: Cecil Shorts, Chris Prosinski slated to start

With injuries at the wide receiver and safety positions, the Jacksonville Jaguars will have a pair of new starters against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without starting safety Dwight Lowery and starting wide receiver Laurent Robinson, which means some back ups will have to step up into starting roles. In one instance, with Cecil Shorts III, it's a player who's flashed some play making ability and the right to be on the field more.

"I’d like to see him continue to make some plays for us. He’s made some big plays for us," Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey said of Shorts on Wednesday. "He will have more opportunities and I think he deserves it."

On the other hand, someone like Chris Prosinski is starting out of necessity. Prosinski is the "next man up" at the safety position with Lowery sidelined and will start for the second time in his career on Sunday. Prosinski has played a handful of snaps through the first five games, but already has a few notable bad plays.

"To step up and fill a role that’s been played pretty darn well by Dwight Lowery. I think some of the things that stand out, we talked about Chris on Monday, is the tackling part of it, some of the open field tackling," Mularkey said about Prosinski starting on Wednesday. I think that’s had a drop off since the Minnesota game, but that will be a must going into this game with a Darren McFadden. I hope he doesn’t have to put himself in that position, but if he is I have a lot of confidence in Chris (Prosinski)."

Mularkey also made mention that he wouldn't hesitate to adjust the amount of snaps Prosinski and newly signed safety Chris Harris will play based on how the game is going. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess Prosinski's rope will be short on Sunday.