If I had to describe the Jacksonville Jaguars tight ends over the course of their franchise, I’d probably say “overperforming”. That’s not to say they were bad, but we’ve never had an elite guy in that position, but we’ve still had guys who did their job well — very well in some cases.
Even if Damon Jones wasn’t a threat anywhere outside the red zone, he still caught 11 touchdowns in only 41 receptions.
Kyle Brady wasn’t a balanced tight end either, but he was still near the top of the league in tight end receptions in 2000 and ranks sixth all time on the team.
But it’s Marcedes Lewis, the longest-tenured tight end in Jaguars history, who will be my favorite for a long, long time.
Lewis was a first-round pick by the Jaguars in 2006 who lost his starting spot in 2015 when the team signed Julius Thomas. But he regained his spot when the Jaguars traded Thomas away earlier in the offseason. He currently ranks third on the team in yards (4,184), receptions (351), and touchdowns (28).
I think though it’s Lewis’ longevity that makes him a favorite for me. He’s entering his 11th season and although he’s not a first-tier guy, he’s still the best tight end on this roster. He missed just three games in his first seven years and only six the last two, starting all 16 games in 2015.
He’s learned how to consistently be a good blocker along the line despite coming into the twilight of his career and he’ll have a job with the Jaguars for at least the next two seasons.
And now for your viewing pleasure, a montage to the most productive tight end in Jaguars history.
EVERY MARCEDES CATCH FROM 2015 GET HYPE pic.twitter.com/axeBgFhhRD— Cole Hartley (@ColeFartley) January 6, 2016