A closer look at the Green Bay Packers’ newest tight end, Marcedes Lewis.
Just like last offseason, the Green Bay Packers signed two tight ends this spring.
A year ago, former general manager Ted Thompson looked to upgrade the position by signing Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks. Bennett was released by midseason, and Kendricks didn’t play well his first year in Green Bay.
You can find our 2018 preview for Graham here. Now let’s take a look at Lewis.
Last year, Lewis caught 24 passes for 318 yards and five touchdowns with the Jacksonville Jaguars. It was his highest touchdown total since 2010, and the second-highest of his career. Three of those touchdowns came against the Baltimore Ravens in London.
While his receiving numbers don’t jump off the page, Lewis’ best work came as a blocker, as Zach Kruse of Packers Wire pointed out on Twitter:
Odds of making roster: 95 percent
The odds of Lewis making the roster are very good. The Packers desperately needed more depth at tight end, especially one who could block, and Lewis is a great addition.
Green Bay will likely begin the season with the trio of Graham, Lewis and Kendricks.
Lewis might not be a flashy signing, but I love what he brings to Green Bay.
First of all, the Packers needed a tight end who could block. They’ve now got one. But just putting Lewis on the field creates a problem for defenses.
The 6-foot-6 tight end is tough to cover in the red zone, an area the Packers were already strong in with Davante Adams and Jimmy Graham.
Lewis’ addition gives head coach Mike McCarthy more flexibility on offense. Graham is a great pass catcher. Lewis’ versatility is what makes him stand out.
Lewis might not make a number of spectacular catches or regularly make highlight reels, but his work as a blocker, and when needed as a receiver, will make him an excellent addition for the Packers.