JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Marqise Lee was sitting in the lounge of the rental he owns in Las Vegas, enjoyable after one other rehab session, when he heard an amazing increase from one other room.
The ceiling had collapsed throughout a uncommon snowfall, dumping particles throughout his rest room. Fortunately, he wasn’t harm.
“It was loopy,” Lee stated. “Loopy.”
Sadly, it fell proper according to the Jaguars receiver’s previous eight months.
Lee was taking on the position because the workforce’s high receiver after signing a four-year contract extension price as much as $38 million final March, however he suffered a torn left ACL in the course of the third preseason recreation towards Atlanta. He underwent surgical procedure three days later, throughout which he additionally had his PCL repaired, and missed the 2018 season.
Stat20172018Receptions177172Rec. yards2,4262,110Avg. per catch13.712.3Rec. TDs129ESPN
It was a devastating second for a participant who had shaken off the “injury-prone” label early in his profession to develop into the Jaguars’ most constant receiver, and he stated it took him some time to recover from this setback. Now that he can see the beginning of the 2019 offseason conditioning program looming, Lee is lastly in a position to deal with his eventual return, develop a rapport with new quarterback Nick Foles and assist the workforce’s younger receivers develop.
“First few months have been hella powerful — hella,” Lee stated. “Solely as a result of I by no means actually handled an harm this huge. I had hamstring accidents and sat out video games, however nothing like this. I had by no means been within the state of affairs so far as understanding the way to deal with it.
“It’s going effectively. Little bit forward of schedule. Taking it at some point at a time.”
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone stated earlier this week that Lee was barely forward of what the workforce anticipated, however he wasn’t anticipating Lee to be totally cleared till late within the preseason. Which means Lee will work off to the facet in the course of the offseason conditioning program and arranged workforce actions, which may put him barely behind the remainder of the offense in choosing up new coordinator John DeFilippo’s system.
When Lee catches up, Marrone stated he’ll be an enormous a part of the retooled offense.
“Right here’s what I like about Marqise Lee: Each time I discuss to him, he’s feeling higher, he has a smile on his face, and he’s dying to get again,” Marrone stated. “I feel while you see gamers which might be injured and have that kind of mentality or expression, that makes you’re feeling good as a coach. He’s excited. He’s on the point of go. Clearly, we misplaced rather a lot final yr after we misplaced him.
“Everyone knows that Marqise is a man that’ll go in there and get powerful and soiled, no matter time period you wish to use. He did a heckuva job in our operating recreation and actually did job ensuring everybody else in that room, the youthful guys, adopted go well with with that. You lose that when these gamers aren’t round.”
The Jaguars ought to get a big increase at any time when Lee does return.
Dede Westbrook developed into the Jaguars’ most dependable receiver final season, main the workforce in catches (66), receiving yards (616) and receiving TDs (5). However Keelan Cole was a disappointment in his second season. Cole had practically the identical variety of receptions as he did as a rookie (38, simply 4 shy of his 2017 complete), however his yardage dropped considerably — from 748 to 491 — and he was benched after dropping 5 passes and shedding two fumbles in October.
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Second-round choose DJ Chark, whom the Jaguars graded as a first-round expertise, made extra of an affect on particular groups than as a receiver. He caught 14 passes for 174 yards and missed 5 of the final six video games due to a quad harm.
The Jaguars signed free agent Chris Conley earlier this month. He’s huge (6-foot-Three), quick (four.35 40-yard sprint on the mix in 2015) and offers the Jaguars a deep menace, however he has simply 104 catches in his first 4 seasons.
The Jaguars clearly want Lee to be an impactful participant in 2019, and although he stated he’s desirous to get again, he is not going to danger any setbacks.
“My factor is I perceive the place I wish to be and what I wish to do for the season, however on the finish of the day, I’ve bought to maintain it actual with the harm I’m getting back from,” stated Lee, who has 171 profession catches for two,166 yards and eight TDs. “Can’t come again and attempt to hit it, hit it, hit it.
“… We all know what we bought to do as a workforce. The expectation is there for us to do one thing. My focus is getting my knee proper. Simply ensuring I’m prepared, considerably prepared when that point comes for me to play or once they clear me to play.”