The good news for the Jaguars at tight end? They still have Marcedes Lewis. The bad news? They only have Marcedes Lewis.
As explained by Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, there’s not much behind Lewis on the depth chart, where Isaiah Stanback, Allen Reisner, Ryan Otten, Brett Brackett, and Kyler Reed will jockey for jobs and, ultimately, playing time.
“The biggest question when we get the pads on is physical play,” tight ends coach Ron Middleton told O’Halloran. ” I just need to figure out who’s going to hit and who isn’t.”
Until then, the No. 2 spot remains up for grabs, and Middleton won’t identify a leader.
“Coming out of OTAs and being in shorts, I don’t think I’m ready to say that yet,” Middleton said. “All the guys showed some things and some glimpses of being able to take that role.”
As O’Halloran points out, No. 2 has another meaning in this context. The Jaguars have the second waiver priority through the first three weeks of the regular season, behind only the Chiefs. So maybe the Jags’ No. 2 tight end currently plays for another team.