One of the subplots in the game at Houston Sunday is whether the Jaguars can get the ball in Cecil Shorts’ hands against the league’s top-rated pass defense.

In the wake of Shorts’ complaints about not being targeted enough in the Arizona game, quarterback Chad Henne suggested Shorts will get the ball if he’s open and that the Jaguars may move him around him.

“You just go through the progression and whoever is open is going to get the ball. Whether this week, we try to move him around to different spots and try to get him the football, we’ll do that. Cecil understands. He’s a good guy and he’s a good player. We’re fine with it,’’ he said.

Henne and Bradley talked with Shorts and Bradley addressed the team.

Bradley said he had what he called a “great meeting’’ with Shorts and said he told him the key thing is “not bringing teammates down, that would be concerning to me.’’

Bradley also said the comments didn’t put Shorts in a good light.

“My challenge to him [was] it doesn’t represent you as well as who you truly are so you’ve got to be careful making those comments because people will perceive you differently and I don’t think you want to go there. I think of Cecil in a very high light. I want others to see him in the same light. .. I think that’s a lesson for our team as well.”

Shorts was eager to put the controversy behind him.

“We’re moving on to Houston and our minds are focused on that,’’ he said.

The real problem for Shorts is that with Justin Blackmon suspended, opposing teams can double-team him.

It also doesn’t help that Bradley said three of their six wide receivers, Stephen Burton (concussion), Mike Brown (shoulder) and Stephen Williams (Achilles) may not play. They may have to active a practice squad receiver.

Ready to get on roll

Maurice Jones-Drew, who doesn’t have a 100-yard game this year, and has averaged two and 1.6 yards a carry his last two games, could have an opportunity to get untracked against Houston’s 23rd ranked run defense.

But he said, “Each game is different. Each opportunity will present different outcomes.’’

He also could understand Shorts’ comments.

“He spoke his mind and you have to respect people who do that,’’ Jones-Drew said “Obviously, I used to do that, so I can’t say I don’t like it because sometimes it needs to be said if you’re feeling a certain way. He did, and we expect big things from him.”