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Marcedes Lewis wants to forget everything about 2011

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Things couldn’t have gone much worse for Marcedes Lewis last year.

So a case of amnesia is good news.

I don’t remember last year,’’ Lewis told Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.

There were on- and off-field problems for the Jaguars tight end, from the fact his team had the worst passing offense in the league to a custody battle for his daughter.

“I’m in a much better place right now. I’m good to go,’’ Lewis said.

If he can rebound, the Jaguars have a chance to as well. In 2010, he earned a trip to the Pro Bowl and a fat, new contract with 58 catches and 10 touchdowns. And after a coaching change, he has a chance to replicate some of those old numbers.

Jags coach Mike Mularkey played tight end, and has always drawn offenses friendly to them. Along with new offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski, there seems to be a conscious effort to make Lewis more of an option for quarterback Blaine Gabbert. They didn’t get as far as the red zone much in 2011, but they think Lewis can be a weapon there this season.

“When you’re not there enough, nobody is going to get a lot of touches,’’ Bratkowski said. “And I saw he had a couple of drops. That will happen occasionally. You hope it doesn’t happen very often.

“But last year was last year and this is this year. We do plan on keeping him really involved in that area of the field.’’

Taking away the off-field distractions can’t hurt either, but with a receiving corps that’s very much a question, there should be plenty of chances for Lewis to make new memories.

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6 Responses to “Marcedes Lewis wants to forget everything about 2011”
  1. i10east says: Aug 16, 2012 11:04 AM

    The young rookie Blaine Gabbert caught all of the flak last year, and virtually none was directed towards the veteran M. Lewis. Lewis dropped TD’s in the endzone, I’m thinking is this the same guy from the year earlier? C’mon Lewis, we’re gonna need you this year, revert back to the 2010 Pro Bowl worthy Marcedes. Go Jags!

  2. joe.attaboy says: Aug 16, 2012 11:24 AM

    Let’s see…
    Jaguars:
    Laurent Robinson, Justin Blackmon, Mike Thomas, Cecil Shorts, Brian Robiskie, Kevin Elliot, Marcedes Lewis, and Rashad Jennings (RB with great hands).

    49ers:
    T.O.

    Dolphins:
    Ochocinco (formerly)

    Tell you what. I’ll take that “questionable” receiving corps, thanks very much.

  3. joe.attaboy says: Aug 16, 2012 11:27 AM

    Correction on T.O.

    Seattle:
    T.O.

    sorry…

  4. icstupidpeople says: Aug 16, 2012 11:56 AM

    2012 will be no better unless you ditch Gabbert.

  5. mortimeryoung says: Aug 16, 2012 7:45 PM

    Jags fan here. We ALL want to forget M. Lewis’s 2011. Bratkowski saying he had a couple drops is a huge understatement.

  6. therillest says: Aug 16, 2012 11:51 PM

    The book on Mercedes has been drops his entire career in Jacksonville except for one year….his contract year! This year he came into camp out of shape…can someone say fat, rich and happy?

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