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Doug Marrone - Thursday, August 9, 2018

(On his reaction to the players who were not on the field during the national anthem) "I didn't even know about it until I was just told coming out here just now." 

(On if he supports that decision if they continue to do that) "The only thing I can say is that the NFL and the NFLPA are obviously working together on it. I don't know if…to my knowledge there's nothing out there right now on what the players can do. I think I made it clear that, for me, I'm always going to stand with my hand on my heart and I think that the people that don't, then they've got to answer to it, to the media."

(On Blake Bortles' performance) "I was pleased with a couple things. Obviously the first drive, we were able to convert, three-for-three on third downs in that drive, which is key. I thought we ran the ball well. I thought Blake did a nice job of stepping up in the pocket, especially that one ball that he had some pressure coming on the outside. We had two lineman that were out prior to the game. I think it's one of the things that people overlook with Blake, being able to have the ability to run. You start the game out and you chew up seven minutes and score a touchdown and you go 15 plays. That's the type of football that we're trying to play. Then we come out in the second half and we score again, and that's the one thing that's probably, you know, we've been harping on the offense a little bit. Sometimes in practice we've gotten off to slow starts, and we really want them to get off to a quick start and they pretty much were able to do that."

(On the performance of Cody Kessler and Tanner Lee) "I think Cody played extremely well. I think he looked good. He was very comfortable in there. I thought he made some good throws. I think they might have scored on all the drives he was in for until we took him out. With [Tanner] Lee, you've got to look at what the protection is, how long you are holding the ball when people are open to really get a good feel for it. It's obviously disappointing. We do a lot of work on that. I told those guys prior to the game it was going to come down to these people being in the game, whether you have to get a stop on defense or go ahead and score on offense. It's going to come down to that in the preseason. We fell short, so that's disappointing from that aspect." 

(On if he had a play count going into the game for the first-team offense) "Yes, I had a play count of 12 to 15 plays. The players didn't know it, but the coaches did."

(On how much it hurts guys like Dawaune Smoot or Will Richardson who are in position battles to not participate) "You can't feel another person's pain. If you are injured, you're injured. The big thing in this sport, I always tell the players: 'Availability is big, it's tough.' There are guys out there taking reps every day, and they are doing a nice job. It's just tougher when you don't have opportunities."

(On the overall performance of the defense) "Well, you say overall. I'm talking about nine snaps [for the first-team defense]. We gave up the kickoff. They got the ball at the minus-40. Then we held them to a field goal and had an opportunity to pick a ball and do that, so there were some opportunities out there. Second team, I think when you get to the second and third [defenses], I think the one thing that stands out is we just have to tackle better, get a little bit more pressure on the quarterback. Those are things that we'll continue to work on and get better at."

(On Leon Jacob's performance) "I saw him make some good plays. You just have to go in there and just match what his responsibilities were, but I saw him make some plays. He had a good rush on the tight end. I wish he would have gotten home on it. From what I saw on the sideline I was pleased, and I'm sure he has a lot of room for improvement."

(On how he plans to use the next few practices before traveling to Minnesota) "Well, we've got a lot of work to do. We're going to use [the practice] as much as we possibly can. It's all scheduled out and there's a lot of things that we've got to work on and we've got to get better at so we're going to be practicing right away, 'Come back and go.' We should be ready because the first two groups went -- play count-wise -- not that much, less than a practice, so we'll go out there and start and get after it again."