NY Jets should take a flier on free-agent wide receiver Marqise Lee

NY Jets, Marqise Lee (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
NY Jets, Marqise Lee (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /

The NY Jets should take a flier on free agent Marqise Lee after the former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver was recently released.

On Monday, the Jacksonville Jaguars decided to part ways with wide receiver Marqise Lee and the NY Jets could be the beneficiaries.

The 28-year-old wide receiver is coming off a 2019 season that was cut short due to a knee injury and missed the entire 2018 season due to a knee injury as well. Lee hasn’t played a full season since 2017 where he had a productive year with 56 receptions for 702 yards.

Lee will definitely get some calls from teams in need of a wide receiver, but he won’t be a hot player on the market because of his recent injury history. One of the teams that should call him is the Jets who are in desperate need of depth at the wide receiver position.

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Right now if you look at the depth chart for wide receiver, their top two receivers are Jamison Crowder and Quincy Enunwa who is coming off a serious neck injury he suffered early last season.

They are followed by newly acquired Jets Breshad Perriman and Josh Doctson. Aside from Crowder, the Jets have a lot of question marks at the wide receiver position.

The Jets should go out and sign Marqise Lee because yes, he is just as injury prone as Enunwa, Doctson, and Perriman, but can be low-risk high reward. He also won’t have a heavy market so they can sign him for cheap. Lastly, If he can stay healthy, Darnold will have a quality second or third option to throw too.

Even if they draft a wide receiver, the Jets should still sign Lee and let the wide receivers battle it out in training camp. Other wide receivers on the Jets depth chart that will be fighting to keep their spots on the team in training camp are Vyncint Smith, Braxton Berrios, and veteran Josh Bellamy.

Marqise Lee has proven that he can be a productive wide receiver in this league. In his career, Lee has a total of 174 receptions for 2,184 yards receiving. Lee was a big part of the Jaguars offense in 2017 when they reached the AFC Championship.

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No, his numbers don’t jump off the board but if you put him in the right system, Lee can be a solid commodity for the Jets.