Bradley Calls Out Lee
If you were looking for Marqise Lee during Friday night’s preseason victory, you had to watch him in the huddle or at the line of scrimmage. Lee didn’t catch a pass in his first preseason game or even had a pass intended for him as he was pretty much MIA, despite playing 16 snaps.
“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,” Bradley said, via the Florida Times-Union. “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.”
Although one would figure that Bradley’s comments are meant to be motivational, there is recent history of second-round wideouts not lasting long in this league. Arrelious Benn was selected by Tampa Bay in the second round and lasted just a couple seasons as he showed that the NFL game was a little too big for him.
According to our sources, Lee has been having a good training camp and he simply needs to step up his effort level.
Henne Still The Starter
It was apparent to anyone with eyes that rookie Blake Bortles significantly outplayed incumbent starting quarterback Chad Henne on Friday night. There is that little factoid that Henne played against the Bucs starting defense where Bortles shined against the “2’s,” but Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley isn’t ready to make a change to his depth chart’s most important position, at least not yet.
“He’s our starting quarterback,” Bradley said of Chad Henne on Saturday.
Bortles completed 7 of 11 throws for 117 yards while being the victim of three drops by his receivers. Henne completed 4 of his 7 throws for just 30 yards.
Henne was the victim of two poor snaps that sailed over his head by center Mike Brewster which killed a couple positive drives by the Jaguars.
“It’s hard to get into a rhythm when those things are taking place,” Bradley said “You were hoping for him to get into a rhythm.”
Wide receiver Cecil Shorts appears to be ahead of schedule but both he and Allen Robinson will miss the Jaguars next preseason game Thursday against Chicago. Both are having hamstring issues.
At this point it is unclear whether or not running back Toby Gerhart will play Thursday night as he is battling an injury to his hip flexor. In his absence, the Jaguars ran for just 91 yards on 33 attempts Friday night.