On Monday Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone confirmed what most already suspected: Marqise Lee suffered a knee injury Saturday night against the Falcons that will force him to miss the entire 2018 season. According to Marrone, Lee will undergo surgery to repair the knee soon. As for specifics on the injury, the Jaguars head coach wouldn't get into that.
The injury was sustained early in the game on a play in which Marqise Lee picked up twenty yards and a first down. He was tackled by safety Demonate Kazee. Kazee's helmet went straight into Lee's knee. Lee then laid still on the ground grasping his knee. Soon thereafter the Jaguars number one receiver was carted off the field.
The Jaguars will now be forced to rely heavily upon young guns DJ Chark, Dede Westbrook, Keelan Cole, Rashad Greene, Jaydon Mickens, and Shane Wynn in addition to free agent signing Donte Moncrief. At just 26 years old Lee is the elder statesman of the Jaguars receiver room. The team will expect him to stick around throughout the season to help groom the rest of the Jaguars receivers.
If the Jaguars don't feel comfortable with their receiving group without Marqise Lee in the lineup they could turn to current free agents on the market. Among the receivers available are Dez Bryant, Jermey Maclin, and Brandon Lafell. But at this point it would be a surprise to see the Jaguars look elsewhere with the plethora of young talent already on their roster at the WR position.
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