The Jaguars currently have the worst passing offense in the NFL, averaging just 128.4 yards per game through the air.
While having a rookie quarterback usually doesn’t yield much success in the passing game, not having any reliable targets certainly compounds the problem. Over his first five seasons in Jacksonville, tight end Marcedes Lewis had grown into the Jaguars top receiving option. His breakout season in 2010, in which he caught a career high 10 touchdown passes, led to a new five-year contract worth $34 million.
Unfortunately for the Jaguars, Lewis has yet to play up to the level of his new contract in 2011.
Through the first seven games, Lewis has only 11 catches for 129 yards and no touchdowns.
His lack of production is not a result of not being targeted. Lewis has dropped a couple passes in the end zone in critical situations this season, balls that fans have grown to expect him to catch. His massive frame and ability to go up and get the ball are valuable weapons that a rookie quarterback values in the red zone, but he has been unable to help Blaine Gabbert out so far this season.
If the Jaguars offense is going to improve this season, Lewis needs to become a bigger part of their offensive game plan. He needs to help by making the plays when his number is called.