JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 01: Tight end Marcedes Lewis #89 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs upfield with a pass against the Indianapolis Colts January 1, 2012 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis struggled during the 2011 NFL season after getting a new big contract following up his 10 touchdown season in 2010. This led to plenty of media and fan scrutiny of Lewis heading into the 2012 season, but Lewis can't recall last season.
"I don't remember last year,'' Lewis told Vito Stellino of The Florida Times-Union.
It wasn't documented much, despite the fact that I knew it was going on out of respect for Lewis' privacy, but he dealt with some off the field issues last season. Lewis dealt with a custody battle involving his daughter during the season, which most fans now know.
"I'm in a much better place right now. I'm good to go,'' Lewis told Stellino.
Despite a bit overblown quip by head coach Mike Mularkey about Lewis not being in the shape he needed to be, for the most part Lewis has had a great training camp and start to the 2012 season. In Wednesday's practice Lewis caught two touchdowns in the redzone during drills.
"That was a goal line situation again. They did a good job executing the play and it was the same play both times," Mularkey said after practice. "Actually it was a repeat later on in practice the defense had an idea it was coming and it was still well executed to get him open like that. He’s going to be a force in the red zone with his size and the things that we do down there with the tight ends."