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Jaguars reward veteran Marcedes Lewis

Jamil King

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The Jacksonville Jaguars made their first roster move of the new season. After plenty of front office and corporate moves, football is back at the top of priorities, and “the old car” is still running. So, why not put it back on the road?

On Tuesday morning, the Jags picked up TE Marcedes Lewis’ contract option and the veteran will be paid $3.75 million and play for the team in 2018.

Lewis, 33, was originally drafted by the Jaguars with the 28th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft and has been a big piece of their offense for the past decade. In fact, Lewis was the only hold over from the Jaguars previous playoff season of 2007 before this year.

Though he has slowed down in recent seasons, Lewis is still a big part of the team with his veteran presence. He caught 24 passes for 318 yards and five touchdowns last season. He hasn’t caught 50 passes in a season since 2012. Although, he did have a TD catch (above) in the AFC Championship Game against New England.

Lewis did provide help in the blocking aspect for rookie RB Leonard Fournette and successful run game that cannot be seen on the stat sheet like receptions or touchdowns.

Going on 12 seasons in the organization both parties are probably happy with the pick-up. This is also good for Lewis that it appears that he will be on a contending team in 2018.

Again, at 33 years old and seeing some decline in his game this could be the last season for Lewis and could be the changing of the guard. For now, he’ll take the reward.

Jamil King is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Florida’s football teams.

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