Jaguars hoping WR Lee can put injury issues behind him in 2016
After struggling with a hamstring injury that kept him out of the most of first half of the season, Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee returned to play in the team's final eight games.
Now, after getting a sense of what Lee can offer, offensive coordinator Greg Olson said the goal is to make sure the former second-round pick is available to play in all 16 games next year.
Lee caught 12 passes for 151 yards a touchdown during the second half of the season while carrying the ball four times for 26 yards. Despite his limited production, Olson said Lee's presence offers the Jacksonville offense an intriguing element of speed.
"We’ll find more ways to get the ball into his hands as well because when he does have the ball in his hands, whether it be running around or catching the ball, he is one of our most explosive players," Olson said. "We’ll have to look at ways in the offseason to make sure he stays healthy and comes into OTAs and training camp healthy so we can utilize him more."
The 39th overall pick in the 2014 draft, Lee said he remains confident in his abilities.
"I’m not worried about what people say on the outside," Lee said. "I know of my capabilities and I know all I’ve got to do is stay healthy, but it’s things I couldn’t control. So my main focus is trying to handle it, trying to go into the offseason focusing on things that can possibly help throughout the next season."
Lee finished the season with 15 catches for 191 yards and a touchdown in 10 games.