No, that isn’t Khalil Mack.
In a matter of hours after the Buffalo Bills signed Tyrell Adams, Brandon Beane provided even more competition to the linebacker room with the addition of former Las Vegas Raider Marquel Lee on a one-year deal. Lee, a former fifth-round selection out of Wake Forest, did not play in 2020 after failing a physical in early August and was waived on an injury designation.
Lee garnered significant playing time during the three years in Vegas. Despite being a late-round pick, he was named the starting middle linebacker in his rookie season, beating out none other than Tyrell Adams for the position. However, he hasn’t quite overcome the injury bug he contracted that year. Between 2017-19, Lee played in only 34 of 48 possible games, due primarily to a nagging ankle injury.
Still, Lee is an interesting addition to the defense and surely adds some fire to the competition. Lee has the talent and potential to make the final roster, and again, with the pre-season making a return this season, he has a chance to prove he belongs on the field.
But a year off from football due to an injury may hurt Lee more than people think. Considering his already injury-riddled career plus his lost 2020 season, who knows whether he’ll be to return to the gridiron next fall?
Then again, depth never hurt anyone. Lee will be a name to keep an eye out for as we get closer to the draft, training camp, and pre-season.
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