The Jacksonville Jaguars opened up their preseason on Friday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and everything seemed to go pretty well for the upstarts from the AFC South. Rookie quarterback Blake Bortles dazzled in his debut, however another rookie, wide receiver Marqise Lee, did not make the best impression on his new head coach, Gus Bradley.
Lee, the former USC standout, played 16 snaps in the game on Friday night and was not able to register the first NFL catch of his career. Bradley, when asked about Lee by reporters, called out the effort of his second round draft pick.
“I think that’s one of those things we’re looking at – it’s the consistency. Run your routes [like the football] is coming to you. You can’t change speeds. You can’t choose when and when not to. I’ve told you before that I’ve seen him switch to where he’s more focused.
“I’d like to visit with him about what happened [Friday]. He did play good, but he could have done some things even more precise. It wasn’t exactly where we need him to be.”
It more or less goes without saying that that’s not the type of response you want from your head coach after your first NFL game.
Although he battled through injuries at USC, the Jaguars thought enough of him in the draft to take a chance on him that early in the second round. He, apparently, needs to show the consideration of giving them 100 percent effort, which it appears he’s not doing right now.