Since joining the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2014 Marqise Lee hasn’t always lived up to his potential coming out of USC.
During his college days he was undoubtedly one of the best wide receivers in the nation. A 2012 All American he also won the Biletnikoff award as the nation’s top receiver the same year. A second round pick in 2014 39th overall, Lee was selected twenty two spots before Allen Robinson.
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So why then hasn’t his college play translated onto the field for the Jaguars?
The big reason is he hasn’t been available. Lee missed six games last season with a hamstring injury. And when he was available the ball wasn’t really thrown his way only securing 15 receptions last year. This led Offensive Coordinator Greg Olsen to call him an “Albino Tiger” because of how rare it was to see him on the field.
But for some reason 2016 feel different. He has yet to miss a game this season and his availability has transferred to production in games. While the offense has looked somewhat out of sync at times its clear Lee has become more involved.
During weeks 2-4 Lee was targeted at least six times. In week 2 against the San Diego Chargers he led the team in catches. He also tied his career high with 75 yards. Another good sign he is off to a good start is that he already has 16 catches, eclipsing his total from last season and puts him on pace to pass his rookie season mark at 37.
While Lee has yet to score this season I expect that to change as soon as the Jags can get back on the field. We’ve seen flashes of his talent and it’s only a matter of time before Lee will be making big plays. One things for sure, with 4 games into the season Lee is off to his best start as a Jaguar.