JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley clarified his comments about rookie receiver Marqise Lee's effort, saying the second-round pick’s effort was fine and he only failed to run hard on one route during the Jaguars’ 16-10 victory over Tampa Bay last Friday night.
Lee was confused about what he was supposed to do on a come-back route and hesitated. Bradley said Lee’s effort was fine when he was on the field.
"A couple of things that came up where he just was unsure of positioning of the defense and how he should attack the route, so it’s just a little bit of confusion on his part that we got cleared up," Bradley said following Monday’s practice. "Like I said, he is extremely focused, really, really competitive, really driven and I thought today he came out and he used those things and he learned from it and he got better. He was great."
Lee has been the Jaguars’ best rookie in training camp and had been working with the first-team offense pretty much exclusively since camp began. He was on the field for 16 snaps against the Bucs but wasn’t targeted. When Bradley was asked the day after the game if he was disappointed that Lee wasn’t involved in the offense, Bradley responded by saying that Lee was inconsistent with the effort with which he ran routes.
"Run your routes like every time it’s coming to you," Bradley said Saturday. "You can’t change speeds. You can’t decide when and when not to, but I’ve told you before that I’ve seen him switch a switch where he’s more focused."
Bradley was only talking about one route but didn’t make that clear until Monday.
"I got specific," Bradley said. "That was on me. I got specific on one play where he was supposed to run a comeback. And he ran it. It was never an effort [issue], but he was more confused on how the defender was playing him so he just didn’t run it full speed because of that. But he’s got to learn from that, learn to run full speed and take it."