The most important thing for the Jaguars offense this off-season was clearly to help Blake Bortles in any way possible. The former first round pick has truly had an up and down career up to this point. The coaching he has received to fix his delivery has reportedly looked good so far, although there is only so much you can judge in a helmet shorts and no pads.
With the additions of offensive lineman Brandon Albert, and Cam Robinson along with running back Lenard Fournete, and wide out Dede Westbrook, Bortles will have an upgraded army to go to war with. So, all signs are pointing up for the young offense.
With all the attention on the wide outs and backs who’s already on the roster and flying under the radar? Marcedes Lewis and the tight end group have a chance to also play a bigger silent role in this offense. Obviously, the signing of Julius Thomas from Denver was an attempt at that, but he’s now gone.
However, tight ends can be a quarterback’s best friend, especially in the red zone and Bortles should look to use his more often. Not only in the passing game though they will look to help bolster a rushing attack that can also help Bortles have less pressure on his right arm.
After a less than impressive past few seasons the starting TE spot is apparently back to Lewis and he looks to get back to his 2010 Pro Bowl form, where he had 700 yards and 10 touchdowns. In his two years in Buffalo, Doug Marrone had his tight end Scott Chandler ranked inside the top 20 of the top tight ends.
With even more potential talent on this offense than those Bills offenses, Lewis and the rest of the Tight end group could grow to be silent assassins and the glue to the offense.