JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars made things official in rapid succession Thursday.
Tanner Lee, a quarterback and a sixth-round selection by the Jaguars in the 2018 NFL Draft, on Thursday afternoon signed his rookie contract with the team. He was the third member of the team’s ’18 draft class to do so on Thursday.
“It’s incredible,” Lee said shortly after signing. “It just motivates me to continue to do what I’ve always done and continue to set goals for myself. …
“It definitely made it feel more real. I didn’t know to expect, or what I was going to feel, but that was a big-time, goal-of-mine, dream-come-true moment. Those are always good.”
Lee signed with the team shortly after arriving for the team’s rookie minicamp, which will be held through Sunday.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back on the field and playing football again,” Lee said. “I’m excited that all this happened. It’s behind me now. We can play some football.”
Lee (6-feet-4, 218 pounds), who played collegiately at Nebraska, was the No. 203 overall selection in the ’18 draft. He forewent his senior season, having played one season at Nebraska after playing two seasons at Tulane.
He completed 246 of 428 passes this past season for 3,143 yards and 23 touchdowns with 16 interceptions.
“I just want to do whatever I’m asked the best I can,” Lee said. “I want to do whatever I can to add value and help guys in any way I can. I just want to come in and get to work.”
The Jaguars also on Thursday signed seventh-round linebacker Leon Jacobs (Wisconsin, No. 230 overall) and seventh-round punter Logan Cooke (Mississippi State, No. 247 overall). Their other ’18 draft selections: defensive lineman Taven Bryan from the University of Florida No. 29 overall in Round 1, wide receiver DJ Chark from Louisiana State No. 61 overall in Round 2, Alabama safety Ronnie Harrison No. 93 overall in Round 3 and North Carolina State offensive tackle Will Richardson No. 129 overall in Round 4.