Marqise Lee like an “albino tiger at the zoo” says Greg Olson


The Jacksonville Jaguars have looked pretty good so far in the preseason, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. Most of the excitement on offense stems from the radically improved play of second year quarterback Blake Bortles.

What makes Bortles’ performance in the preseason all the more impressive is the lack of help he’s getting in general from the players around him. The offensive line has just been OK save for some awful plays on Luke Joeckel‘s behalf, the running game has been less than stellar, and Bortles hasn’t had all of his weapons in the passing game available.

One of those weapons is second year receiver Marqise Lee. Coming out of USC with some injury concerns, Lee has dealt with nagging injuries all summer and still hasn’t come back to practice. This has prompted offensive coordinator Greg Olson to don him with an unusual moniker:

"“He’s to me like the albino tiger at the zoo… You get there and if you’re lucky enough to get him to come out of the cage and see him, it’s a good day. I’ve only seen him three times since I’ve been here. Those three days he was very impressive, but he’s only been out three days. So, we’re hoping we can get him healthy and see him a little bit more.”– Jaguars’ offensive coordinator Greg Olson"

Levity aside, Lee is the only receiver on the roster who can bring a much needed element of speed to the offense. While Bortles has done a terrific job of moving the ball consistently in the preseason, he could still benefit from a guy who can take the top off the defense and open up the middle of the field.

If Lee and Julius Thomas can both get on the field, Bortles might put up some massive numbers.

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