Jaguars expecting too much from Lewis?

May, 28, 2013
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A look at a player from each team who fans, and perhaps the franchise, might be expecting too much from. Emphasis on might.

Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis

His career year in 2010 hurts him going forward. He caught 58 passes for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns that season. Those are numbers that will be hard for him to approach again, particularly in the touchdown column. Yes, he’s had to do more than his share of blocking for a team that has been shaky on the offensive line for the past couple seasons. In the past two years, his yards per catch is down 1.1 yards. And after 10 touchdowns in 16 games in 2010, he’s caught four scoring passes in his 31 games since. For some of that time, he had some off-field family issues in California pulling at him. I think he can be a productive player for the Jaguars going forward. But indications from many fans are that with Luke Joeckel, the No. 2 overall pick of the draft, installed at right tackle, Lewis will be freed up as a route runner and can be one of the league’s top pass-catching players at his position. He can be a quality target for a young quarterback who will be sent on the move more often. But I don’t think Lewis will reach that top tight end tier.

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ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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