Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Healthy line will help Lewis as pass target
By Paul Kuharsky
The question about Marcedes Lewis coming into the season was whether we'd see the super-productive 2010 version or the far-from-stellar 2011 version?
I figured it’d be somewhere in the middle.
But we don’t have a good indication yet because Lewis has been kept in to help out in pass protection since the Jaguars have been down a couple of starters. He’s got six catches for 60 yards and a touchdown.
Right tackle Cameron Bradfield was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice and left guard Eben Britton was limited. Both have been rehabbing ankle injuries.
Once they are both back, coach Mike malarkey expects Lewis’ role as a pass receiver to change.
“I think it will definitely expand,” Mularkey told Jacksonville reporters. “He has been very patient and very good about his role and helping with what he’s done in the protection game. I think too, when we get down in the red zone we’ve got to get down more in the red zone, and I think that will expand his role as well in the passing game. I think just getting some healthy bodies back will certainly help a lot of people.”
The line needs time together to jell and Mularkey is hopeful that time is arriving.
“There’s so many things going on they don’t line up like pictures in the playbook, they’re all over the place,” he said. “You have to have communication. You have to know what the guy next to you is already thinking before he’s thinking it. That’s just hard to do when five guys aren’t consistently there day after day after day.
“It’s not just games. It’s day after day in practices, so it is what it is. These guys have done an amazing job to adapt to what we’ve had to do these first few games. I give them a lot of credit for what they’ve done. It’s certainly better if they could be together and do it.”