The Jacksonville Jaguars have lacked firepower on the offensive side of the ball for a number of years. Other than Maurice Jones-Drew and young wide receiver, Justin Blackmon, the Jaguars offense is often considered to be void of dynamic offensive players. However, Marcedes Lewis is often overlooked by much of the NFL, and is a dynamic player in his own right.
Lewis is one of the more complete tight ends in the game today. He possesses the ability to be a dependable run and pass blocker for the Jaguars offense. Lewis is also a talented and skilled receiver at the tight end position, who is a solid option down the middle of the field.
More than anything, Lewis has been one of the most consistent and productive players for the Jaguars franchise over the past few seasons. In 2010, Lewis was selected to the Pro Bowl, and also set the franchise record for receiving touchdowns, with 10.
Lewis has also been relatively healthy during his time in Jacksonville, giving him the opportunity to be a constant contributor on the field. While the team’s star runner, Jones-Drew, was injured during last season, Lewis quietly had another solid season for the Jaguars. Lewis reeled in 52 receptions, for 540 yards and four touchdowns in 2012.
The most compelling fact behind Lewis’ production over the years is the fact that he has played well despite the struggles of the team’s quarterbacks. Lewis did play with a viable quarterback, David Garrard, earlier in his career. Yet, the quarterback position has been a much more tumultuous situation since those days.
If the Jaguars are hoping for quarterback, Blaine Gabbert, to succeed in the future, they will need him to utilize Lewis as a major weapon in the passing game. There is a reason tight ends are often considered the best friend of a quarterback, and the young Gabbert needs to take notice of this.
Expect for Lewis to have another quality season for the Jaguars in 2013, even if he is overlooked and undervalued by much of the league.