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Lewis Turning Into a Pass Catching Threat

The Florida Times-Union reports that it looks like Marcedes Lewis is turning into a pass catching threat:

Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio had a message for tight end Marcedes Lewis at the start of the offseason. “He said, ‘Look, man, I want you to be here [for the offseason program],’ ” Lewis said. “I want to be able to count on you. I want your teammates to know that they can count on you. Part of that is being here for them in the offseason.” Lewis, who in the past worked out in Southern California to be close to his mother, stepfather, two brothers and sister, decided to stay in Jacksonville for the offseason program. So far, it’s paying dividends.

Lewis, now in his fourth season, might finally be the tight end the Jaguars thought they were getting when they drafted him in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He had a breakout game last Sunday against Tennessee, catching four passes for 76 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown. He ranks second in the league among tight ends with 10 or more receptions with an average of 16.3 yards per catch. Only Jermichael Finley (17.3) of Green Bay ranks higher. Lewis is second to tight end Antonio Gates of San Diego in receptions of 25 yards or more. Lewis has three, and Gates has four.


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