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Daikiel Shorts a "Sleeper Player" in Bills Camp

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Daikiel Shorts earns positive remarks from Buffalo Bills reporter Chris Brown for his showing this offseason. (PHOTO: Emily Coyle) Daikiel Shorts earns positive remarks from Buffalo Bills reporter Chris Brown for his showing this offseason. (PHOTO: Emily Coyle)
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All around the National Football League, teams are dusting off cleats and returning to the field for the starting of training camp this week. As is the case each year, the start of camp turns our eyes to the professional level of the sport as we check in on former West Virginia University players who have since moved to the NFL.

Among those taking part in his first camp this week is Daikiel Shorts.

The most consistent target in Skyler Howard’s arsenal during the 2016 season, Shorts is currently trying to land a spot with the Buffalo Bills after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent. Under new head coach Sean McDermott, the Bills are searching for options at wide receiver to complement their top weapon at the position, Sammy Watkins.

On Friday, BuffaloBills.com reporter Chris Brown opened his mailbag to questions from fans and among those he received was an inquiry regarding Shorts.

“Moving the chains is so important in West Coast offense,” Dean Kindig wrote. “Could we see Daikiel Shorts edge out guys like [Walt] Powell and [Dez] Lewis? Can Shorts be anything but slot?”

Brown shared a positive review of what he has seen out of the Mountaineer since he first joined the team in the spring.

“Shorts is a sleeper player for sure in this camp,” Brown replied. “He can play outside in my opinion. He’s 6-1, 202 and knows how to gain separation right before the catch point. The key here will be his ability to execute the route assignments consistently. This is a precision and timing offense, so if Shorts can be dependable for his quarterbacks and make plays in the process, he’ll have a shot. At the very least I see this kid landing on the practice squad.”

Dependability for his quarterback was what made Shorts effective with the Mountaineers. He showed in his four seasons with Dana Holgorsen’s offense that he could play both inside and out, and essentially moved wherever the coaching staff felt needed him the most.

In his senior season, Shorts made himself available in key situations, converting 50 of his 63 receptions into either first downs or touchdowns as he racked up 894 yards and five scores.

To this point, Shorts has mostly found himself working with back-up quarterbacks in Buffalo, rather than starter Tyrod Taylor. He has a difficult path to make the 53-man roster as an undrafted free agent, but at least Brown believes he is on track to find a home in Buffalo one way or another.

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