Sep 29, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) runs with the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
TE1: Julius Thomas, 2015 Free Agent Addition
TE2: Marcedes Lewis, Former First Round Pick
Julius Thomas was the big free agent addition for the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason. He comes boasting 24 touchdowns as one of Peyton Manning’s primary receiving threats the last two years. He commanded top dollar and got it by coming to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
While many speculated that the Jaguars would do away with the under-performing Marcedes Lewis after the arrival of Julius Thomas, it is more likely that new offensive coordinator Greg Olson finds a way to utilize Lewis in concert with Thomas. Lewis was once a premiere pass catching tight end and he has been lauded for his blocking ability since he came into the league. While he hasn’t performed up to expectations after landing a monster contract in after a big 2010, he still has the ability to do big things as a veteran for a young offense.
I like the idea of using two tight ends (especially big ones like Thomas and Lewis) for the young Blake Bortles to get his feet wet in his second year at quarterback. The Jaguars have two weapons at the position to help out in case a play goes sour or if the wide receiving corps doesn’t progress like expected in their second year.
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