JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Marqise Lee knows that he and Allen Hurns are the players the Jacksonville Jaguars will depend upon most heavily to replace the production lost when Allen Robinson went down with a torn left ACL.
No problem, he says.
“We know we’ve got a great deal of pressure as far as upping our game play, stepping up to the plate and handling our business,” Lee said as the Jaguars (1-0) prepared for Sunday’s home opener against Tennessee (0-1). “This is what we prepare for, though. It’s not one bit of stress on my part or Hurns’ part or any of the receivers’ part.
“Our main focus is, ‘OK, one goes down we’ve just got to continue to move forward,’ and that’s what we’ve got to do.”
Lee and Hurns have combined for 268 catches for 3,691 yards and 24 touchdowns in the past four seasons. After that, however, Jaguars receivers have combined for 65 catches – all by Arrelious Benn, who made 59 of those catches with Tampa Bay from 2010 to 2012.
Benn, who had one catch for 12 yards last Sunday against Houston, had five catches for 116 yards last season, which was his first since 2012 because of various injuries. He is one of the Jaguars’ core special-teams players, but with Robinson’s injury will have to play more of a role on offense.
He averaged 14.6 yards per catch in three seasons with the Bucs, so he has been a productive player on offense in the NFL.
After Benn, however, the Jaguars’ depth chart is pretty sparse.
The other two players on the active…
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