A few days after agreeing to terms with Kevin King, the Green Bay Packers agreed to bring back another member of their core from the last few seasons. Tight end Marcedes Lewis, nicknamed Mad Dog, has agreed to stay with the Packers.
The #Packers are re-signing tight end Marcedes Lewis to a two-year, $8 million deal that includes $2.1 million guaranteed, per source.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 24, 2021
The Importance of Marcedes Lewis
Marcedes Lewis is far passed his days as a receiving tight end. The Packers have Robert Tonyan to fill that particular role, and he is quite good at it. Last season, Tonyan tied the Packers’ team record with 11 touchdown receptions.
The importance of Marcedes Lewis, though, is something that does not show up in the stat sheet. Due to his above-average blocking ability, Lewis is often-times referred to as a bonus lineman.
Due to the Packers’ lack of depth on the offensive line this season, the re-signing of Marcedes Lewis is vital to the offense. Not only is Lewis an effective run-blocker, but he is also able to take on 300-pound linemen in pass protection as well. Ricky Wagner was a cap casualty, Corey Linsley signed with the Chargers, and David Bakhtiari is out until December with a torn ACL. Lewis’ presence on the line will be vital.
Former First Round Pick
Marcedes Lewis was a former first round draft pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars. As such, he remains the only first round pick to have caught a touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers. All of the Packers wide receivers during Rodgers’ tenure, with the exception of Tavon Austin, were drafted in the second round or later.
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