With the 2014 NFL Draft in our rearview mirror, it’s time to look ahead and see what the Jacksonville Jaguars’ roster might look like come week 1 of the regular season. With 9 draft picks and several free-agent acquisitions this offseason, the active roster in 2014 will likely look very different from what we saw in 2013.
Today we turn towards a slight position of need – tight end.
Veteran Marcedes Lewis has been a steady presence at tight end since being drafted in 2006, but he has been known for his dominant blocking rather than his contributions to the passing game. He had somewhat of a resurgence in 2013 catching 4 touchdown passes, and he figures to be an important cog in Jedd Fisch’s offense in his second season as coordinator. Here’s how the tight end group looked in 2013:
Marcedes Lewis got a bulk of the work when he returned in week 4, but Clay Harbor did a pretty good job filling in. Harbor flashed as a pass catcher and has the potential to be the “move” tight end this offense needs. The rest of the guys didn’t really show much and aren’t on the roster anymore.
Here’s how I think the group will look at the beginning of 2014.
Harbor showed enough to be given another chance coming back from injury and he has a chance to put up big numbers in this offense. The Jaguars needed a big bodied tight end behind Lewis and Marcel Jensen might be that guy. Jensen has the physical tools to be a good blocker and could pose matchup problems as a red zone threat with Marcedes Lewis thanks to his 6’6″ frame.