Talk about a landing spot. Marqise Lee has a real opportunity with the Patriots and they actually need him. It’s no secret New England lacks weapons. 2020 will feature Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu, N’Keal Harry, and now Lee. Jarrett Stidham needs more help, not less. Lee hopes that he can nail his Patriots tenure.
“It’s been difficult, but it’s been a task in which I’ve quite enjoyed as far as knowing myself,” Lee told Patriots reporters in an introductory videoconference on Wednesday. “After these certain injuries, you’ve got some people who get down on themselves and then to want to shut it down. For me, it’s kind of like a motivating factor.
“I just want to see where I’m at. It will be good to get out there and play football, which I feel like I haven’t played in the last couple years. I’m just ready to get at it.”
“I felt like me choosing New England, it’s the perfect place to try to get back to yourself — very strict, basically just all about football and handling your business,” Lee said. “I feel like I was a little bit off on that point with these last two injuries I had.”
I don’t think talent is the big hurdle for Lee. It’s more so a durability issue. The former second round pick from USC has played a full 16 game season just once in his 6 year career. Lee has played just 6 games since 2018.
From a skill set standpoint, Marqise Lee should fit right in. Lee can run those underneath routes and get open. That’s what Lee does. He should fit right in working the short area and carving up first downs. The good news is the fit works. The bad news is Jarrett Stidham is unproven and that’s putting it nicely.