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Will 2017 be a rebound year for Marcedes Lewis?

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As Jaguars players go, only one can recall the last time the team made it to the playoffs. And that player could be a significant factor in a potential return to the postseason.

Tight end Marcedes Lewis, a first-round pick in 2006 who started 16 regular-season games and two playoff games in 2007, finds himself poised for a potential resurgence now that: (1) Julius Thomas is gone; and (2) the Jaguars didn’t otherwise dramatically beef up the position.

So there likely will be more from Marcedes Lewis in 2017, after four straight seasons with 25 or fewer catches.

“Just from talking to [offensive coordinator Nathaniel] Hackett, my mindset is that I will be used more,” Lewis said, via Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. “I’m ready for it. I’m ready for this kind of load and so far during the installation [of the offense], we’re not decoys. It’s pretty cool.”

Lewis has shown in the past that he can get it done in the passing game, with 52 catches in 2012 and 58 in 2010. As O’Halloran notes, using Lewis as a more complete tight end makes the run/pass guessing game harder for opposing defenses. Last year, if Lewis was on the field a run was likely coming; if Thomas was lined up at tight end, it was going to be a pass.

It’s a subtle yet important aspect of NFL offensive design — making it as hard as possible to know what’s coming before it arrives. The more versatile the player, the easier it is to eliminate the kind of tendencies and tells that come through eventually in film study.

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5 Responses to “Will 2017 be a rebound year for Marcedes Lewis?”
  1. thekillernacho says: May 30, 2017 9:55 AM

    Always liked Lewis and felt that he is a better receiver than the stats indicated. He got stuck in a blocking role because no other TEs on the roster could ever block. Will be interesting to see him unleashed. Not expecting an amazing season – but something like 50 receptions for 500 or so yards and a few touchdowns seems reasonable.

  2. Kapodaco says: May 30, 2017 10:02 AM

    Definitely out of his prime, but there’s probably a reason they keep him around… right?

    Wish him a good season. Seems like a good dude.

  3. swagjag says: May 30, 2017 10:26 AM

    He may not be the fastest TE, but at least he has average pass catching ability.

  4. aj66shanghai says: May 30, 2017 10:27 AM

    All comes down to Bortles. Fournette should be doing his job, Marcedes says he’s ready to do his…but Blake has to buck up and be the man this year, or he’s gone and likely Kirk Cousins will take over a talented team in an ascendant division.

  5. kferguson2002 says: May 30, 2017 10:54 AM

    I swear I forgot this dude still played in the league. And my Colts see him twice a year smh

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