The Jaguars may use a high draft pick on a tight end to join Lewis (calf), Ben Koyack and Neal Sterling, the Florida Times-Union reports. Coming off an injury-shortened season, Lewis moved to the top of the depth chart when Jacksonville traded Julius Thomas to the Dolphins. A tight end group comprised of Lewis, Koyack and Sterling is far from exciting, and it's no secret the upcoming draft is strong at the position. Even if he were to enter the season atop Jacksonville's depth chart, Lewis likely would just be an ancillary piece in the passing game. He'll turn 33 in May, after missing five or more games in three of the past four seasons. The Jaguars may ultimately release Lewis, or else ask him to take a major pay cut as he enters the second season of a three-year, $12 million deal.
The Jaguars have placed Lewis (calf) on IR. With Lewis done for the season, the Jaguars' tight end corps moving forward will be led by Julius Thomas, with Ben Koyack and Neal Sterling also in the mix. Lewis' 2016 campaign thus ends with a 20/169/1 stat line over 10 contests.
Lewis injured his calf during Sunday's game against the Lions and is considered questionable to return, John Oehser of Jaguars.com reports. Lewis' potential absence won't have too much of an impact on the Jaguars' aerial attack, while Julius Thomas continues to be the primary option at tight end. Another update regarding Lewis' status should become available upon the release of additional information.
Lewis had three catches on four targets for negative-one yard in Sunday's loss to Houston. While Lewis was technically designated as a starter Sunday, his workload remained minimal, as he failed to reach the end zone for the seventh straight week. Julius Thomas is still the tight end to own in Jacksonville, though even he has not been consistently reliable, especially in weeks when he fails to reach paydirt.
Lewis had two catches on four targets for 23 yards in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. Lewis was actually targeted two more times than No. 1 tight end Julius Thomas, but once again neither player provided much in terms of fantasy value. Outside of a touchdown in Week 2 against the Chargers, the veteran Lewis has been a virtual non-factor in one of the league's most inefficient passing games.
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