The perennial bye week fantasy pick-up from Jacksonville is packing his bags and heading north. The terms of the contract are not yet specified, but it is confirmed that Marcedes Lewis and the Packers have agreed to a contract that will place him in Green Bay for at least next year. Jacksonville released Lewis due to budgetary constraints which allowed for the Packers to scoop him up.
— Marcedes Lewis (@MarcedesLewis89) May 24, 2018
Lewis uploaded a picture to Twitter and Instagram yesterday signing a contract and utilizing a cheese emoji in his caption. This is the second year the Packers have brought two veteran tight ends into the organization with Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks joining them in 2017. Bennett and Kendricks proved to be busts for Green Bay as Bennett was released midway through the season and Kendricks was caught up on drug charges. The Graham and Lewis moves, though similar, seem more impactful and positive for the organization.
Lewis’ 12 years in Jacksonville were extremely impressive. He is the all-time leader for Jaguar tight ends in receptions with 375, receiving yards at 4,502, and receiving touchdowns with 33. Lewis also ranks as the third all-time Jaguar receiver behind All-Pros Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell. His blocking is a major component of his game as well. Pro Football Focus is in love with Lewis’ blocking ability as he was lauded as, “the best run blocking TE in the NFL last year and it wasn’t close,” by analyst Nathan Janke. All in all, the Packers are showing they are committed to upgrading both dimensions of the offense by adding an asset for Aaron Rodgers to throw to and a bulldozer for outside run plays.