It has been a rough start to the 2013 season for the Jacksonville Jaguars offense, but help is on the way.
Most importantly the Jaguars get back quarterback Blaine Gabbert this Sunday, but he is not the only offensive player the Jaguars are getting back this week. Tight end Marcedes Lewis will be on the field for the first time this season when the Jaguars take on the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
While Lewis is not a dominant pass catching tight end, his presence on the field gives opposing defenses something to focus on beside Cecil Shorts. What Lewis can be for Gabbert is a reliable safety valve over the middle of the field that can create mismatches with his size.
While Lewis immediately becomes the Jaguars second best pass catching option with his return, his biggest impact may be felt along an offensive line that has struggled mightily this season. Lewis is easily one of the five best blocking tight ends in the league and his return may be the key to the Jaguars finally being able to get running back Maurice Jones-Drew on track.
A major reason the Jaguars offense has struggled to move the ball this season has been the fact that they have only averaged 52 rushing yards per game so far this season. While getting better play from the quarterback position is key for the Jaguars offense, having a strong running game would go a long way towards helping the offense overall.
I expect the Jaguars offense to look better this week with Lewis on the field and even better next week when suspended wide receiver Justin Blackmon returns.
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