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Giants Vs. Jaguars: Justin Blackmon Out Of The Lineup, Cecil Shorts To Start

The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without Justin Blackmon when they open their preseason schedule this week with a Friday game against the New York Giants. Cecil Shorts III will be in the starting lineup as the team's Z receiver with Blackmon out of action.

Shorts was the Jaguars' fourth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He battled hamstring injuries in his rookie season which limited his work. He caught just two passes for 30 yards and a touchdown with the offense last season. He played his college ball at Mount Union.

The Jaguars used Shorts some on punt and kick returns last season as well.

Blackmon is sitting out the opener as he gets up to speed after missing the early part of training camp while working out the details of his rookie contract with the team.

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