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Ex Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis has a chance to join the exclusive team in Season 19

By meerna Jun12,2024

Timeless wonder Marcedes Lewis is poised to achieve an incredible feat at the age of 40. Drafted in the first round by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2005, the former UCLA Bruin returns for a 19th season in the NFL after signing with the Chicago Bears. If he catches a pass in 2024, he will join a select list of players.

CBS Sports noted on social media that Jerry Rice and Tom Brady are the only players over the age of 40 to have a positive sack in NFL history. Brett Favre caught a pass for the Minnesota Vikings in 2006, but was -2 yards short. Last season, Lewis had four receptions for 29 yards. If there are the same number in 2024, it will reach the milestone.

Lewis spent the first 12 seasons of his career in Jacksonville. Although he only made the Pro Bowl once, his name is frequently mentioned when discussing who is the greatest player in team history. Kyle Brady has long held most of the records at the position, but Lewis has routinely gained recognition due to his pedigree and longevity. With that said, Evan Engram is quickly closing the gap.

Engram, who joined the Jaguars in 2022, caught 187 receptions for 1,729 yards and eight touchdowns last year. He has already broken most of the records Brady held.

Getting back to Lewis, he played in 170 games for Jacksonville and caught 375 balls for 4,502 yards and 33 touchdowns. He currently ranks third in most career games played for the Jaguars, passing former center Brad Meester and former receiver Jimmy Smith. At this point, it’s hard to imagine anyone outperforming the veteran tight end. Kicker Josh Scoobe is fourth with 168 contests.

Veteran defenseman Tyler Shatley is currently the only active Jaguar close to 145 pounds, but he still has a long way to go to move up the list. The fact that he is not certain to join the team in 2024 may hurt his chances.

It’s easy to forget now, but the Jaguars’ decision to release Marcedes Lewis in 2018 was a surprise. He played a big role in the AFC Championship the year before and seemed poised to return after his option was exercised. However, due to a shocking turn of events, the team’s management decided to cut ties with him.

To make matters worse, the Jags released Lewis as free agency began and didn’t even notify him. He found out by watching ESPN and later by confirmation from his agent.

The Green Bay Packers wasted no time jumping in and throwing ink at Lewis. When he left, the Jaguars tried to replace him until Evan Engram came along. Meanwhile, the veteran tight end had five productive seasons with the Packers, playing in 81 games and making 64 starts. And although he has experienced a decline in form with the Bears, he is still an effective blocker.

The bottom line is that Marceles Lewis is one of the most talented players of 2006 and will have the chance to do something that few players have done after the age of 40.

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