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Gus Bradley backs off Marqise Lee criticism

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The Jaguars head coach criticized one of their rookie receivers, but quickly backed off that criticism.

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie wide receiver Marqise Lee drew some criticism from head coach Gus Bradley on Saturday after the rookie failed to haul in a single catch or even get targeted. Bradley noted that Lee needed to "run your routes every time (as if is) coming to you".

Bradley backed off those comments on Monday following practice.

"Yeah I got specific, that was on me," Bradley said when asked about his previous comments on Lee. "I got specific about one play where he was supposed to run a comeback and he ran it – there was never an effort (issue) but he was confused on how the defender was playing him so he 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. So it was good, it was really a good opportunity for us to discuss it."

It's rare for Bradley to openly criticize a player in the media, so that's why it seemed to raise so many eyebrows with Lee. Everything seems good now however, as it appears that Bradley and the coaching staff were more-so frustrated with a play rather than Lee on the whole.