While the Buccaneers offense finished ranked fifth overall in the NFL in total yards, there is still some room for improvement. It’s is almost guaranteed the Bucs will bring Vincent Jackson back, but the team will need to begin developing someone to finally replace their offensive team captain.
Jay Lee has been a prospect to follow at the South Team practice. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound receiver comes from the prolific Baylor offense that averaged 289 yards through the air in 2015.
Lee, for his part, recorded 38 receptions for 758 yards (19.9 average) and eight touchdowns his senior year. He also had an 87-yard catch against Texas Tech in AT&T Stadium, the longest reception in the dome for a collegiate player.
While Lee finished as just the Bears third-leading receiver, the fifth-year senior’s production has improved every season, going from 309 yards in 2013 to 633 in 2014 to 758 last year.
At the Senior Bow Lee’s goal is to prove to scouts that he can run the “route tree.” During PewterReport.com’s interview at the media dinner, Lee claimed that it’s a common knock on Baylor receivers that they can only catch, but lack fluidity running routes.
He’s off to a great start, cutting well in the damp grass at Ladd Peebles Stadium while proving to be a reliable target during scrimmage play. At 6-foot-3, 220-pounds, Lee has also shown he’s willing to use his size as an advantage in the running game, blocking on a couple sweeps and outside handoffs during scrimmage.
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Below is the transcript from his quick Q&A.
Jay Lee, WR Baylor
“A lot of Buccaneers here, scouts and media guys.”
(On his first day)
“First day was pretty good. I feel like I went out there and showed that I can run the route tree and catch the ball efficiency. When I had to block I did that. I feel like today was a good day. It wasn’t great, but every day it’s about getting better.”
(On running well)
“Yes I have to give all the credit to (former Cowboys WR) Jesse Holley, he’s my receiver coach back at home. He’s been getting me right these past three weeks.”
(On experience being on a prolific offense)
“It is something I feel like I can bring to a team. Obviously I can get open and run routes. It’s kind of a mantra, they say ‘Baylor receivers can’t run routes’, so this week was all about proving I can run the route tree and catch the ball and do anything for any team that wants to draft me. It’s all about making a statement.”
(On proving that he can run routes)
“Catching, I’ve been doing that all my life. The route tree, it’s a work in progress. But today I feel like I did everything right.”
(On continuing to progress like he did throughout college)
“Yes sir, that’s all I’m trying to do – be productive and consistent for a team. Obviously at Baylor I was a productive receiver for coach Briles and his staff.”
(On having the longest reception in Cowboys stadium for NCAA player)
“It is pretty cool. I should’ve scored; I got too relaxed and wasn’t running… it’s a long run, though. It feels cool to have the longest catch (for a college player) in the stadium and hopefully (the record) stands for a long time, but it’s good company.”
(On ability to play in the slot)
“I feel like I can play anywhere on the field. I’m not restricted to one side or the other. Obviously we have six or seven guys working at receiver right now, so we all have our set sides, but we flip and I can go to the slot. Like I said, anything I have to do I’ll do it.”
(On some of the other WR who have impressed him at practice)
“I feel like (Minnesota’s) KJ Maye and (Charone) Peake from Clemson, they really impressed me. A guy that I worked out with, Quashawn Davis, from North Carolina, he told me to watch Peake when he runs his routes. Obviously he wouldn’t be here if he weren’t a good player, so I think those two really stood out today and hopefully everybody will come aboard tomorrow.
(On the thought of paying for Tampa Bay)
“You have two 6-foot-5 receivers out on the edge, and then you just drop me inside in the slot or something. I can compliment that (WR corps). That would be a good trio for Jameis Winston.
“He’s a really good quarterback. He’s come a long way and I’m proud of the success he’s had so far.”
(On opponent, DE Emanuelle Ogbah from OK State)“Obviously you recognize everyone’s work on the field when you’re in film study and stuff like that. He’s a great defensive end, gets off the ball hard.”
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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He is going to be a late round pick. He has the size, Ok Speed. One more to add to the mix.
His familiarity with the Buccaneers impressed me.
I feel we will get a receiver somewhere in this draft. Most likely later rounds. Speed kills. Hope we will looking for that.
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