Posted by Bob Harris
Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 5:01pm
Lee led the Jags in targets (96) last season and is the favorite to do the same in 2018, especially after re-signing in March on a four-year, $34 million contract that includes $16.5 million guaranteed. Lee moved to the forefront after Allen Robinson tore his ACL in Week 1. As Bleacher Report notes, coaches moved Lee all over the field and he proved to be very successful over the middle of the field and on inside-breaking routes from the outside. B/R went on to point out that while drops were an issue at times, Lee went through a stretch of games where he caught everything and saw contested balls at a high rate due to Blake Bortles' ball placement.
The Jaguars selected D.J. Chark at No. 61 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, adding another body to the wideout group that already included Lee, Donte Moncrief, Dede Westbrook, and Keelan Cole. This after Robinson and Allen Hurns departed (Robinson as an unrestricted free agent; Hurns was released). So there's no denying Lee will have serious competition for Bortles' attention in a run-heavy offense, as the team also made a significant investment in Moncrief and now has the trio of promising young receivers. Furthermore, the Jaguars signed Austin Seferian-Jenkins to replace Marcedes Lewis as the starting tight end, hinting at a desire to get more out of the position in the passing game.
2018 Bottom Line
Given the number of mouths looking to be fed and the above-mentioned concerns about the team's desire to lean on Leonard Fournette and the rushing attack, Lee's already-established chemistry with Bortles will be important. Remember: They have the longest quarterback-to-receiver connection on the team. That should be enough to keep Lee fantasy relevant.