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Jaguars Q&A: What is going on with Marqise Lee?

Why don't our cornerbacks have any over-the-top help? Why aren't the Jaguars running screens? What the heck is going on with Marqise Lee?

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are on a bye week and (thankfully!) the team is going into it with a victory. While there are a lot of things we think the coaching staff should change, there are some other positives to take away from last week's win against the Buffalo Bills.

Going forward, questions need to be answered if this team is going to have any success. Let's get to it.

Joe from Orlando, FL

Q: Why does it seem like our corners are always on an island? I feel like I never see over-the-top help. Is it scheme or missed assignments?

A: It is mostly scheme. The Jaguars play most of their snaps in Cover 3, leaving each outside corner on an island on the outside. The free safety has the middle one-third of the field and is supposed to help cover any seam throws and assist over the top, but with the free safety the Jaguars have been trotting out... yeah.

Antonio from Jacksonville, FL

Q: What's your take on why we haven't seen the Jaguars run any screens with T.J. Yeldon or with any running back for that matter? It's a simple play that can pay major dividends.

A: I'm not sure "why" they won't do it. T.J. Yeldon and Denard Robinson both have the skill set for it. It honestly might even be the only thing Toby Gerhart is good at too. It's something they need to incorporate more into the offense.

Andrew from Portsmouth, NH

Q: What is going on with Marqise Lee?

A: Lee has a nagging hamstring injury -- a very touchy injury for a speedy wide receiver. He could be back on the field for the November 6th match-up against the New York Jets, but Gus Bradley refuses to put a timeframe on Lee's recovery. At this point, it's just as safe to assume that Lee will end up on season-ending injured reserve.

Jon from Los Angeles, CA

Q: What do you see as a bigger need on defense... improved pass rush or improved secondary?

A: Pass rush by far. The Jaguars need a reliable tone setter at safety badly, but it's a joke how bad their pass rush still is. Quarterbacks are legitimately getting sometimes six or seven seconds to throw.

Chris from Dallas, TX

Q: Do you think Johnathan Cyprien will ever meet the high expectations the Jaguars had when they drafted him?

A: I think that ship has sailed, honestly. In his third year he still has all the issues he had as a rookie. The best-case scenario is he becomes a serviceable run defender, but he needs to make big jumps there as well.

Chad from St. Augustine, FL

Q: How bad is Brandon Linder's injury? Will he be fully recovered in time for training camp?

A: Linder's initial timetable has him set to be fully recovered by May, so yes, he should be ready to go by the time training camp comes around.

Corey from Jacksonville, FL

Q: How soon before Toby Gerhart is cut for a player who can get one yard?

A: Personally, I would have cut Toby immediately after he failed to make it into the end zone on his third consecutive try. But I don't think that's allowed. I wouldn't hold your breath while you wait for the Jaguars to cut Gerhart -- the team obviously has a very clear role for Toby, and they'll probably continue to employ his utility in short-yardage situations.

Chris from Niagara Falls, Canada

Q: Do you think Blake Bortles has even more development in him? How high does the ceiling go?

A: Blake Bortles was drafted for his high ceiling, and the hope is that he'll continue to grow towards it. As for how high it goes -- I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Blake could be a very special player, and his stock is definitely trending upwards, but he's still got a lot of work to do.