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Jaguars 2014 Training Camp: Lee, Robinson ready

Posted Jul 22, 2014

Jaguars rookie WRs Marqise Lee, Allen Robinson expected to be ready when 2014 Training Camp opens Friday.


JACKSONVILLE – Allen Robinson is excited. Just as important, he’s ready.

The same is true of Marqise Lee, which means the Jaguars’ rookie wide receiver tandem – as well as the team’s entire wide receiver corps – should be on the field in close to full-go capacity when the team opens 2014 training camp Friday.

Lee and Robinson, the team’s second round selections in the 2014 NFL Draft, missed much of the team’s on-field offseason work, with Robinson – the No. 61 overall selection from Penn State – missing with a hamstring issue.

“I’m ready,” Robinson said Tuesday morning following an on-field workout with quarterbacks, rookies and first-year players. “That was my goal in the offseason, to get as ready as possible for the start of camp.

“I think me and the trainers have a good game plan going into that, and I feel like I did it pretty well. I feel good. I feel ready. We practice Friday and I’m cleared to go. You’ve always got to be smart and take care of your body, but as far as on-field stuff, I’m ready to go.”

Lee, the No. 39 overall selection from Southern California, missed the final weeks of the Jaguars’ on-field offseason work with an ankle injury. He, too, participated in on-field work Tuesday.

“Everything’s good,” Lee said. “I’m pretty much cleared. They still want me to take it slow as far as right now. During camp, that’s when I pick it up. We’ve got a while before we actually put on pads, so by that time pads come on, I should be OK.”

The Jaguars are expected to practice in pads for the first time in 2014 training camp Sunday.

Lee and Robinson were among seven Jaguars wide receivers to miss time during the team’s offseason on-field work, with the others being Cecil Shorts III (calf), Ace Sanders (thigh), Mike Brown (groin), Tandon Doss (calf) and Lamaar Thomas (knee). Sanders and Brown returned for the team’s June 17-19 minicamp, which represented the final on-field week of the offseason program.

Robinson and Lee participated in the team’s rookie camp in mid-May and in the first week of organized team activities, but did not work on the field after that. That meant each missed time with Jaguars wide receivers coach Jerry Sullivan, who emphasizes route-running and attention to detail, particularly with young players.

“He just said, ‘Be prepared and know as much as possible,’” Lee said of Sullivan.

Veterans such as Shorts and Brown have told Lee and Robinson they can expect extensive coaching in that area in the coming weeks. Robinson said he worked in Jacksonville in recent weeks with rookie quarterbacks Blake Bortles and Stephen Morris and veteran quarterback Ricky Stanzi, and said he actually has been running routes “for a decent amount of time.”

Through that process, he said Sullivan was never far from his mind.

“I expect hard-nosed coaching,” Robinson said. “I expect him to consistently be pushing me at a pretty high rate – to get better, to get better. I’m ready to accept the challenge and that’s what I’m looking forward to. When I was running routes and stuff on my own, I wondered what Sully (Sullivan) would say about some of the routes. To get back with him and get the proper techniques down – that’s really good.”

Lee (6-feet-0, 192 pounds) declared for the draft following his junior season after catching 248 passes in three seasons for 3,655 yards and 29 touchdowns. He won the Biletnikoff Award for the nation’s top receiver as a sophomore, and was also a unanimous All-America and Pac 12 All-Conference first-team selection that season.

“I want to show the coaches what I can do,” Lee said. “Yeah, you see it in college, but it’s a big difference as far as now from college. My main focus is showing the coaches what I’m capable of doing and getting it done.”

Robinson (6-2, 210) also declared for the draft after his junior season. He started the last two seasons, catching 77 passes for 1,013 yards and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore and 97 passes for 1,432 yards and six touchdowns last season.

“Most of my reps in OTAs were mental reps,” Robinson said. “Now, it’s just a matter of getting back out there, getting the opportunity. It’s fun being back out there with the team, catching balls. Unfortunately, I had the hamstring when I got here, but I wasn’t too worried about it.

“I knew we had a decent amount of time before camp, and the trainers knew that as well. They kept my pace to get me back to camp. It wasn’t a rush and I’m ready for it.”

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