According to sources, Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis plans to report to EverBank field Monday for team requirements. Negotiations with the Pro-Bowl tight end are currently on-going. Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union also reported this earlier today.
Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio called Marcedes Lewis on Tuesday and asked him to show up to training camp, even though no long-term deal had been negotiated. Del Rio wanted Marcedes Lewis at camp because of his leadership. Lewis is a fantastic locker room guy and one of the leaders on the football team. Jaguars back up tight end Zach Miller talked about how much of a leader and coach Lewis has been while he learns the tight end position in an interview with Pete Prisco on 930 The Fox. Miller explained that Lewis has been a valuable asset as he makes the transition from college quarterback to NFL tight end. If you pay attention to position drills in training camp, you can see Lewis coaching up his teammates on technique.
Lewis is a big-time cog in the Jaguars offense in both the running game and passing attack. Lewis tied the team record in receiving touchdowns last season with 10 on his way to his first of what looks like many Pro-Bowls.