The Florida Times-Union reported on Monday that often injured wide receiver Marqise Lee was held out of practice on Monday due to an injury.
For fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars, it should come as no surprise.
After the team spent a second-round draft pick in 2014 on what they thought would be a great investment on a wide receiver with top-end speed, Lee has been nothing more than an afterthought and an enigma due to injuries.
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Can the second-year pro finally get over the injury bug and become a contributing member of the Jaguars offense?
Can he finally show to everyone at EverBank Field the reason why he was selected so high and can he help this team compete for a AFC South title?
Maybe not this season.
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If the questions by the fans about his ability to stay healthy haven't been enough, the coaching staff has been 'iffy' on whether or not Lee will be on the field this week, next week or at all in 2015.
And, while Lee deals with continual hamstring issues, second-year star Allen Hurns - an undrafted free agent - is quickly becoming a threat in this offense.
Talk about making the most of an opportunity. But there is still a belief the USC product will be productive for these Jaguars.
Still a role
General manager Dave Caldwell said there is absolutely room for Lee in a Jaguars offense that has two receivers (Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns) on pace for 1,000-yard years:
“Marqise, obviously, has a different dimension that we’re missing right now,” Caldwell said last week.
“He has the ability to change the way defenses play us because he can stretch the field, he has dynamic speed and he can take a five-yard slant and take it 80 yards."
That would certainly make a huge difference in an already growing offense with Blake Bortles showing improvement from the quarterback position.
Add a healthy Julius Thomas to the mix at tight end and an improving rookie running back in T.J. Yeldon and the offense could be downright scary as the season progresses.
There is no telling what the Jaguars plan to do about Lee's current injury situation. If he is on the field anytime soon, it's a bonus for this franchise.
Without him, the offense is still moving. Whether he plays the rest of this season or is placed on injured reserve is not known. What the team does know is there is plenty of talent waiting to be uncorked.
And if Lee puts the injuries behind him, who knows how good he could really be.
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