Marqise Lee, the Jaguars most experienced wide receiver, missed the entire 2018 regular season after suffering a season ending knee injury in the third week of the preseason. The injury required immediate surgery, but the good news is that Lee believes he’s ahead of schedule in his recovery.
The receiver formerly known as the Albino Tiger told John Oehser of Jaguars.com: "I feel like I’m a little bit ahead of schedule, from what I’ve been told, but I’m still taking it a day at a time. I had a big knee surgery, so at the end of the day I’m taking it slow. I know when I want to be back playing and exactly the day I want to be playing."
This is fantastic news for the Jaguars and their offense. Lee is under contract for the next two seasons and is an integral part of the Jaguars' plans at receiver heading into the 2019 season. The Jaguars offense — more specifically the passing game — was a train wreck in 2018. But the Jaguars will do their best flip the script next year. Newly hired offensive coordinator John DeFilippo will certainly help with that.
Ramsey at WR
During the 2019 Pro Bowl Jalen Ramsey lined up at WR late in the game. The AFC squad was in the red zone and Ramsey was lined up opposite Bears CB Kyle Fuller, who was in off man coverage. Ramsey ran a quick slant to the inside and easily caught the final TD of the game.
That play prompted Mike DiRocco of ESPN to publish a piece that suggested the Jaguars should use Ramsey as a receiver. He’s not suggesting that Ramsey be a main stay on the Jaguars offense. But with Ramsey’s size, athleticism and ball skills he could make for an excellent red zone target. Designing a package that includes Ramsey would not be without precedent and it’s something that Ramsey has pushed for during his time in the NFL.
After the Pro Bowl Ramsey had this to say: "Since I've been a Jaguar I've been telling y'all this. I've been asking for this. I know if I get in on that red zone I can make a play somehow. I'm a playmaker at the end of the day."
Kyler Murray, who is without question the most electric offensive player set to enter the NFL Draft, continues to be noncommittal on whether or not he will pursue the NFL or instead take his chances at Major League Baseball. Murray submitted his name in the NFL Draft pool, but that doesn’t lock him into playing football.
Earlier in the week Murray told NFL Network “Right now, I’m just working out, happy at the Super Bowl.” If Murray does finally commit to football at some point between now and draft day then the Jaguars would be wise to consider doing what they need to do to acquire the 2018 Heisman winner. Murray has a rare blend of accuracy, arm strength and athleticism. He’s also just 5’10” and comes with great risk.
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