Report: Patriots signing ex-Jaguars WR Marqise Lee to one-year deal

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The New England Patriots are signing wide receiver Marqise Lee, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, just two days after the Jacksonville Jaguars released him.

A former second-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Lee disappointed in his first two seasons. He missed nine games and combined for just 52 receptions for 613 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

However, he enjoyed a breakout year in 2016 and emerged as a go-to weapon in the offense. Lee played in all 16 games and finished with 63 receptions, 851 receiving yards and four total touchdowns in 2016.

After another strong season in 2017, Lee returned in 2018 and seemed poised to build upon his success after signing a four-year, $38 million extension. However, he suffered a torn ACL and missed the entire season.

Lee played in just six games this past season, missing more time with a knee injury, hauling in only three receptions for 18 yards.

The 28-year-old receiver could be a nice addition to New England if he can stay on the field. Given the team’s lack of depth at wide receiver this past season, Lee should have a good opportunity to contribute. Of course, this offense won’t be the same with Tom Brady now out of town.