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Jaguars WR Marqise Lee's goal in 2016: stay healthy for a full season

Marqise Lee has 52 catches for 613 yards and two touchdowns in his two seasons with the Jaguars. AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Greg Olson had just one goal for second-year receiver Marqise Lee after he finally returned to the lineup in mid-November.

Stay healthy.

Even if Lee didn’t catch a single pass, all Olson wanted was to have him on the field.

"That’s what we said, the final six weeks we thought were real important for him," Olson said. "Let’s just see if he can get through six weeks healthy. Let’s not worry about the production and let’s see what he can do on the practice field, and if we get some opportunities to get him the ball in the game let’s see what he can do with it."

Lee did stay healthy. After missing training camp, preseason, and six of the first eight games because of a hamstring injury, Lee finally got healthy and stayed on the field for the Jaguars’ final eight games. Not only that, but Lee didn’t even appear on the injury report -- a minor miracle for a guy who seemed to always be dealing with a soft-tissue injury.

Lee caught only 12 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown and carried the ball four times for 26 yards after he returned to the field against Baltimore on Nov. 15. But his presence on the field helped the offense because his speed adds an element that was missing when he was out.

That’s something Olson said he hopes he’ll be able to see in 16 games in 2016.

"We’ll find more ways to get the ball into his hands as well because when he does have the ball in his hands, whether it be running around or catching the ball, he is one of our most explosive players," Olson said. "We’ll have to look at ways in the offseason to make sure he stays healthy and comes into OTAs and training camp healthy so we can utilize him more."

Lee said he doesn’t view his injury-free second half of 2015 as proof he can stay healthy.

"I’m not worried about what people say on the outside," said Lee, who has 52 catches for 613 yards and two touchdowns in his two seasons. "I know of my capabilities and I know all I’ve got to do is stay healthy, but it’s things I couldn’t control. So my main focus is trying to handle it, trying to go into the offseason focusing on things that can possibly help throughout the next season."

Lee said he won’t be able to participate in Larry Fitzgerald's camp, which teammates Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns attended last offseason, because he’s returning to USC to continue his education. Lee said he needs six classes to finish his sociology degree and he’s taking three this spring.

He will be training, though, and coach Gus Bradley hopes Lee -- who has missed nine games in his two seasons because of various injuries -- can stay healthy.

"Well, I’ve got my fingers crossed," Bradley said. "... He sure feels more confident. I think that part mentally matured him. Now he’s got a plan. He has an idea of what he wants to do, so hopefully it carries through."