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Marqise Lee provides update on return from ACL injury

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NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Jacksonville Jaguars Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

There have been some encouraging reports about the Jacksonville Jaguars offense coming out of organized team activities (OTAs), specifically from the wide receiver position. Some players like D.J. Chark and Keelan Cole are sounding like they’re impressing with new quarterback Nick Foles, but the one big veteran of the group in Marqise Lee is still working on the side coming back from a brutal ACL injury in the 2018 preseason.

“Rehab is great. I am doing very well. I am on schedule, a little bit ahead,” Lee told reporters on Tuesday when asked how he was doing coming back from the injury. “But I’m surely taking my time. I have no worries.”

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone kind of cautioned on how soon Lee would be back full time from his injury a month or so again, and personally I’d be surprised if he didn’t start training camp on the P.U.P. list and missed most of the preseason.

Despite the injury and not being able to actually practice, Lee has still tried to maintain a leadership role with the mish-mash of unproven and young receivers that the Jaguars have.

“I just try to help as much as I can,” Lee said when asked about staying a leader while not out there on the field. “If that is just talking to them when they need talking to besides the football aspect or just being there when they need me to be there as far as going over plays and things like that. I try to master the playbook as much as I can, so when they do ask me questions, I can go out there and help.”

It does not appear that the Jaguars have a true No. 1 wide receiver, but with some of the encouraging signs emerging from OTAs, Lee doesn’t need to rush back to try to be that guy.