The Jacksonville Jaguars have been one of the most inclusive teams in regards to analytics since ownership was transferred from Wayne Weaver to Shad Khan. Spearheaded by Shad’s son Tony Khan, the analytics branch of the franchise provides valuable supplemental information about draft picks, free agents, and self-scouting of players already on the roster.
In this year’s training camp, we’re seeing another example of the ever growing presence of analytics in the day-to-day grind of the game. Three days into training camp, Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley decided to give second year wide receiver Marqise Lee a day to rest for an interesting reason:
That’s a rather cryptic tweet (thanks Peter King), but here’s a little bit more elaboration from head coach Gus Bradley:
Coach Bradley later confirmed that Lee in fact had the highest workload of any receiver over the first 3 days. Given Lee’s limited status coming off a sprained knee suffered while making a catch during Phase 2 of offseason conditioning, it makes sense for Bradley to be more cautious with Lee.
It’s good to see Lee going hard despite his limited work, and it’s encouraging to see he has a positive attitude and wants to put more work in:
"“I’m not a fan but it’s whatever the coaches want. I’m not going to complain about anything. When I do get the opportunity to go out there and do something on the field I’m going to go out there and do it. When it’s my time to go I’m going to go.”– Marqise Lee"
It’s important for Lee to get reps and become better acclimated with fellow 2014 draft pick Blake Bortles, but it’s even more important for Lee to be healthy and be on the field on a consistent basis. This probably won’t be the last day Lee has off heading into the preseason.
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