Tight end Marcedes Lewis has been with the Jacksonville Jaguars since 2006. During that time, the only trip he made to the playoffs came in 2007.
The Jaguars took former LSU running back Leonard Fournette with the No. 4 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft to help with that dilemma. So far, Fournette has shown Lewis that he can make a similar impact to another former SEC runner who starred for that Jaguars team in 2007.
“I think we have a great scheme in place for him to come in and just plug and play,” Lewis told NFL.com. “And I think he’s going to fit great with our offense. He brings back that old-school feel, like back when we had Fred Taylor, and we were able to run the ball, possess the ball, play-action pass, take shots down the field. It’s going to help (quarterback) Blake (Bortles), so I’m looking forward to that.”
Jacksonville has been practicing without pads, but Fournette has caught his attention with his size, footwork and vision.
The Jaguars would gladly welcome the type of production that Taylor had. The Gator legend rushed for 1,000 yards in seven of his 11 seasons in Jacksonville. His only Pro Bowl appearance came during that aforementioned 2007 season, when he went for 1,202 rushing yards.
At the moment, Taylor ranks 17th on the NFL’s all-time rushing list with 11,695 yards.