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  • July 10, 2019
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Marqise Lee is quickly becoming Jacksonvilles top playmaker, more explosive than Allen Robinson and more consistent than Allen Hurns.A third-year receiver from USC, Lee has 34 catches for 442 yards this season. Hes also been one of the NFLs top kickoff returners, ranking fifth in the league with a 25.1-yard average.He leads the Jaguars (2-6) in yards from scrimmage and all-purpose yards, making a strong case for being on the field more often during the second half of the season.It feels good, honestly, Lee said Wednesday. Its been a while since Ive been healthy. Just to be out there and producing a little bit and (helping) my team as much as I can is legit.His availability might finally have caught up with ability.A guy once dubbed an albino tiger because he was so rarely seen on the practice field, Lee is enjoying the healthiest stretch of his career. Ankles, hamstrings, knees, theyre all good.Ive stopped worrying about it, honestly, he said. Its out of my control. Its out of all our control when we go out there and do something, but at the end of the day, Im just going to work on the things I can work on to maintain. And right now its working, so therefore Im going to continue to do what Im doing.The Jaguars have clearly noticed and have taken steps to get Lee more involved. He got his first carry of the season last week at Kansas City and took over the kickoff return job a few weeks earlier, replacing Denard Robinson and Corey Grant. He also subbed for injured punt returner Rashad Greene in one game.Lees role could be expanded Sunday against Houston (5-3), especially if Hurns is unable to play because of a concussion.Hes been awesome, quarterback Blake Bortles said. Hes been fun to watch. Hes been fun to play with. Youre able to see every time he touches the ball what he can do with it with how explosive he is. We know how fast he is and what he can do.Hes a guy that I think has a rare ability to stay at one speed in and out of cuts. He doesnt slow down to change direction; he stays at full speed. I think thats rare and its hard to do.Lee entered this season with 52 receptions for 613 yards and two touchdowns, hardly what the Jags expected when they selected him with the 39th overall pick in the 2014 draft. Fellow second-rounder Robinson (chosen 61st overall in 2014) and undrafted free agent Hurns were considerably more productive the last two years. No coincidence, theyve also been healthier.But Lee, a three-year starter in college, believes its his time to shine. And staying healthy is the key.He was frustrated a year ago or two years ago with his injuries, coach Gus Bradley said. He could never just get healthy enough to where he could just stack up practices and games to where he felt like he was in a good rhythm. I think now, because of that, hes built great confidence and then hes had success. ... Hes just showing signs that hes really matured and that toughness, that mentality that he had at (USC), that we saw on tape, were seeing that show up now.And hes building a solid relationship with Bortles, maybe even equal to the one the quarterback has with Robinson and Hurns.The last two years, its hard to trust me as far as being in there when you have the chemistry and things like that, Lee said. For me being in the mix now and on a consistent basis is better for the both of us. Blake knowing where Im at and me knowing where hes going to put it out, its just on point.---For more NFL coverage: and Basket Air Max 270 Homme . After a first half in which he thought "the lid was on the basket," the Toronto Raptors coach watched his squad mount a second half surge to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-91. Air Max 270 Pas Cher Chine . 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His only vivid recollection: Sailing a pass 15 feet over Allen Robinsons head on the first play of the game.Jacksonville ended up losing 33-14 , extending the franchises West Coast losing streak to seven games.Bortles and the Jaguars (0-1) hope to deliver a considerably better performance in their return Sunday.I think its different, Bortles said. In the years past, theres a mindset of kind of, `Here we go again, whether its during the game, whether its after the game, whether its going into the next game. This team doesnt have that. I dont see that in anybody. ... Were going to go through this week and prepare as hard as we can and were going to expect the best when we go out on Sunday.The Jaguars have been far from their best out west. They are 2-10 all-time on the West Coast and winless in San Diego. Its a trend Jacksonville needs to reverse to avoid a 0-2 start for the fourth time in the last five seasons.Weve got to go out there and just handle our business, tight end Marcedes Lewis said. I feel like the makeup we have on this team right now is totally different than what weve had in the last six or seven years. Were looking forward to the opportunity. We understand whats at stake. This is an AFC game at the end of the day, too. Weve got to have it.Jacksonville surely would improve its chances by playing better against quarterback Philip Rivers, who has torched the Jaguars during his career.Rivers has completed 71 percent of his passes for 1,899 yards, with 15 touchdowns and four interceptions in six career games (5-1) against the Jags. Hes been at his best the last two years, totaling 677 yards passing and seven touchdowns -- and no tuurnovers.ddddddddddddHe has the ability to put some big numbers up, regardless of who is playing for him, Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash said. It is a big-time challenge for us this week.Playing across the country has been an equally tough task for Jacksonville.The Jags havent won on the west coast since 2004 and have been outscored 222-79 during the seven-game losing streak, falling by double digits in six of those. They have given up at least 30 point in all three losses at the Chargers.I dont know, man, Lewis said. I dont what it is about the West Coast, but I do know theres going to be a lot of sleep and hydration and just be ready to play. Coach always stresses us being able to go anywhere at any time and compete. Well, we needed to have that attitude, and I think this year it will different.Coming off a 27-23 loss to Green Bay in the opener, the Jaguars were angry they blew a chance to upset a perennial playoff contender. They also realized there was plenty of progress made in the oh-so-close setback, especially for a franchise that has lost 37 of its last 49 games.Going back to San Diego give them a chance to show it.Not to make any excuses or nothing, but we have a better team this year, defensive tackle Roy Miller said. A lot of people on this team feel like when we play at our best that looks pretty good. I dont think we get too caught up in the weather and the travel distance and being on the West Coast. There are so many different things you can try to use as a rabbits foot. 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