JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee has missed OTAs and is being held out of this week's minicamp because of a left knee injury, but he'll be a full participant once training camp begins.
Coach Gus Bradley said Tuesday that the Jaguars are holding Lee out this week as a precautionary measure and Lee could have practiced had this week been a game week.
"If I had the choice to go I'd be going," Lee said. "I haven't been in OTAs all summer. We've got three practices and they want to keep me out for the three practices. No reason to try to come back and do anything. As long as I take the mental reps and stay on top of my plays I'll be OK."
Lee, whom the Jaguars took with the 39th overall pick in 2014, had battled injuries throughout his short career. He missed most of OTAs in 2014 because of an ankle injury and missed three games early in the season because of a hamstring injury.
Lee finished his rookie season with 37 catches for 422 yards and one touchdown. It wasn't until after the Jaguars' bye week (Week 11) that he was able to make an impact. He was targeted 23 times and caught 13 passes for 141 yards in the first 10 weeks of the season but was targeted 41 times and caught 24 passes for 281 yards and one touchdown in the final six games.
Lee said he struggled to pick up the offense as a rookie and receivers coach Jerry Sullivan has said he and former offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, who was fired after the season, are partly responsible for that because they overloaded the former USC standout.
However, Lee said he's picking up Greg Olson's offense much quicker because of that experience.
"I just know what to really focus on," Lee said. "Last year I was pretty much everywhere trying to get everything. [Offensive assistant/quality control coach] Tony [Sorrentino] helps us a lot and then on top of that just going over everything. We've got a lot of time to sit down with everybody to go over our plays so everybody's got a good grasp of them."