Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee jammed his wrist during OTAs, a relatively minor injury that provided an unhappy reminder of his 2013 season at USC.
Getting selected near the top of the draft seemed like an inevitability during Lee’s strong 2012 season at USC, but it didn’t work out that way. Lee struggled with a variety of injuries during his final year with the Trojans, including a knee issue that worried some teams and may have contributed to him going 39th overall rather than in the first round. Lee says he’s 100 percent healthy now, including the wrist, and that he’s ready to help the Jaguars put together a productive offense.
“Most of [the injuries], I couldn’t control,” Lee said, via Yahoo Sports. “I got hurt once blocking; it was just a fluky thing. Most of them were just things that I couldn’t control. I was annoyed, but I did what I could when I was hurt — mental reps, watching teammates, encouraging them, learning from them. Little things. If you’re competitive like I am, you prepare and you just get yourself ready for the next time up. That next time for me is now. I still got things done [when I was hurt], and I hope to get more down now.”
With fellow second-rounder Allen Robinson, second-year player Ace Sanders and Cecil Shorts rounding out the receiving corps, the Jaguars are in better shape at the position even with Justin Blackmon serving a suspension. Throw in the addition of Toby Gerhart at running back and the Jaguars offense has enough pieces to make them hopeful that things will improve on that side of the ball whether Chad Henne or Blake Bortles is leading the offense.