Marqise Lee spent six seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but knee injuries limited him to six games played over the last two seasons. AP

Hours before the NFL draft started, the Patriots added to their offensive depth.

According to ESPN, the Patriots signed veteran wide receiver Marqise Lee to a one-year deal. This marks the seventh NFL season for the 28-year-old. Lee had been a productive receiver, but knee injuries limited him to six games played over the last two seasons. According to reports, he is healthy now.

Marqise Lee’s best season was 2016, when he caught 63 passes for 851 yards and three touchdowns. John Raoux/Associated Press

A second-round pick by Jacksonville in 2014, Lee has the versatility to play inside and outside receiver. He also can return kicks. Lee’s best NFL season came in 2016, when he caught 63 passes for 851 yards and three touchdowns. The next year, the 6-foot receiver finished with 56 receptions for 702 yards and three touchdowns.

In 2016, Lee was outstanding as the Jaguars’ kickoff returner. He averaged 30.3 yards per return and scored a touchdown.

During the 2018 offseason, Lee signed a four-year, $38 million contract to return to Jacksonville. However, he suffered a knee injury during training camp and missed the entire season. Last year, Lee was again placed on injured reserve. He played in just six games, catching three passes for 18 yards.

New Patriots quarterback coach Jedd Fisch was the offensive coordinator for the Jaguars during Lee’s rookie season. Lee has played two games against the Patriots, including the 2017 AFC championship game, when he caught four passes for 41 yards.

It’s a low-risk, high-reward signing for the Patriots, as Lee joins receivers Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu, N’Keal Harry, Damiere Byrd, Jakobi Meyers, Gunner Olszewski, Devin Ross and Quincy Adeboyejo.


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