JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Marcedes Lewis knows the perception: He's an underrated player in an undersized market, overshadowed by his longtime teammate and often overlooked by colleagues.
He believes it's time for that to change.
Lewis wants to prove he's the best all-around tight end in theNFL, capable of blocking defensive ends, beating linebackers down the field and becoming quarterback David Garrard's go-to guy.
He already has the Jacksonville Jaguars convinced. Coach Jack Del Rio calls him the "most dominant player on our football team."
That's not enough for Lewis. He wants to separate himself from other tight ends in the league. He took a step toward his goal last season, when he averaged 16.2 yards a catch - better than most of the NFL's star receivers.