Marcedes Lewis plays a limited role
Marcedes Lewis plays a position that’s thought of as a role for pass-catchers. However, Lewis banked his career on being a blocker. Lewis hasn’t been a target for quarterback Aaron Rodgers much at all. At 38 years old, he’s having his second-lowest year in total receiving yards, with just 66 heading into Week 18. (He does have two touchdown catches this season.)
The Packers are using his skills to their advantage this season. He had a big catch against the Miami Dolphins on Christmas Day. Packers offensive coordinator Adam Stenavich compared Lewis to how other teams utilize their offensive line.
According to Bill Huber with Sports Illustrated, Stenavich said other NFL teams use six offensive linemen to run block. However, Lewis gives the Packers an advantage by allowing them to use a tight end who’s just as effective as a blocker but can also catch.
A lot of teams use a sixth offensive lineman to help on running plays "but we have Marcedes," OC Adam Stenavich points out.— Bill Huber (@BillHuberNFL) January 5, 2023
Lewis will likely retire from the Packers soon. His position on the roster will be nearly impossible for the team to replace. The Packers have been linked to tight ends in the 2023 draft, but none will have the blocking skills Lewis brought to the table.