The transition from college to the NFL can be a difficult experience for some players to adjust to. Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Marqise Lee was fully expecting some difficulty stepping into a new locker room.
Instead, the change has gone much smoother than anticipated.
According to Ken Hornack of FOX Sports Florida, Lee’s initial apprehension of being a rookie entering the professional game was quickly alleviated after joining the Jaguars.
“You hear a lot on the outside,” Lee said. “But coming here, this is great. I’ve had an opportunity to be with these guys, and having them sit down with me and spend extra time going over plays and things like that, it shows how much leadership they have and how much of a family this team is. I appreciate it.”
Head coach Gus Bradley has adopted much of the energetic, familial style of Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll in his vision for running the Jaguars. That feel helped Lee feel comfortable right away in Jacksonville.
“When I got here, everybody was socializing,” he said. “Everybody was trying to help. Even the defensive players came down.”
Lee exploded for 118 catches for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore at USC. The Jaguars are hoping Lee and fellow draftee Allen Robinson can help boost an offense that sputtered frequently in 2013. If Lee can come close to returning to the form he had two years ago at USC, the Jaguars offense could be much improved this season.