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Jaguars WR Marqise Lee still recovering from ACL

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars are looking to rebound in every way in 2019, and that includes, reigniting their pass game, which has gone dormant over the last couple of seasons. And part of their optimism will be the return from injury of receiver Marqise Lee. However, an update Tuesday morning on Lee’s status says that it will be a little while longer before we see him at full speed.

Receivers coach Keenan McCardell told the Jacksonville media before Tuesday’s OTA workout that Lee, who suffered an ACL injury last preseason, will not be back and fully cleared until training camp at the earliest:

The Jaguars obviously are counting on Lee and had given him a four year $34 million contract in March of 2018. That included $16.5 million in signing bonus and guarantees. Further, Lee’s 2019 salary of $7.25 million is fully guaranteed. However, the team could get out of the deal after this season should Lee not return to form, in particular, the blazing fast vertical threat that the Jags are hoping for.

Lee was injured last August in the first quarter of the preseason game with Atlanta, when Falcons DB Damontae Kazee hit him directly on his planted knee as he turned up field after a catch. The Jaguars put him on season ending IR shortly after that.

Lee had 56 catches for 702 yards and three TDs in 2017. He became more prominent in Jacksonville’s pass offense, when Allen Robinson suffered a season ending knee injury himself in the 2017 opener and Allen Hurns suffered an ankle injury early in that year that kept him out for a lengthy period of time. The Jags allowed both “Allens” to leave in free agency last year and gave Lee the huge raise.

Jacksonville drafted LSU speedster D.J. Chark in the second round last year, but he made little impact in his rookie year. The Jags further added to their receiving depth by inking former Ohio State/Raiders quarterback, now turned receiver, Terrelle Pryor to a non-guaranteed free agent one year deal on Monday.

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