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Marqise Lee: 'I have the same focus'


JACKSONVILLE – Marqise Lee has no plans to change his approach.

Focusing on staying on the field and not worrying about much else worked for Lee in 2016, and the Jaguars' fourth-year wide receiver said he figures that will work again.

Lee, a second-round selection by the Jaguars in the 2014 NFL Draft, joined LIVE on Wednesday and discussed a variety of topics – including his offseason approach and quarterback Blake Bortles.

As was the case last season, Lee said his primary objective for 2017 is being reliable and playing every week.

"I feel like this is the toughest year for myself, to just go out there and prove myself as far as being healthy," Lee told J.P. Shadrick and John Oehser on LIVE Wednesday. "Not really worrying about the stats or stuff like that, but finishing another year as far as 16 games is major important for me."

Lee, the 2012 Biletnikoff Award winner for the University of Southern California, missed nine games in his first two seasons because of injuries. He also missed extensive offseason time with hamstring issues, catching 37 passes for 422 yards and a touchdown as a rookie and catching 15 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown during his second season.

He played in all 16 games last season, starting seven and catching 63 passes for 851 yards and three touchdowns.

"That's the same thing I'm going toward this year, just to finish 16 games," Lee said. "The stats and stuff, they'll come with it. If you worry about that, it's not going to work out. That's what I worried about my first two years and look what happened.

"I already knew I could do it in my first two years; it's just about maintaining. That was my main focus last year, and the same thing this year: just go through each day and focus on being healthy."

Lee said while people told him last season he looked like "the old Marqise," he never saw it that way.

"I have the same focus," Lee said. "My thing is last year that focus worked, so this year I'm just going to go in with the same mindset. … Even though my first two years were rough I always knew I could do it. In the NFL, you have a lot of great players, but at the end of the day you know you still can play.

"In my eyes, I felt like I could. Even though my first two years were rough I always knew I could play. I just had to be out there in order to do it."

Lee said he split time between Jacksonville and Southern California from in January, February and March. He is participating in the team's voluntary offseason program now, and said he worked with times in California earlier in the offseason.

"It was cool," Lee said. "Blake knew what he had to work on and we just tried to get on the same page and just be ready for this year. We still have a lot of things to work on."

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