Jaguars Positional Analysis- Tight Ends

We're deep into the 2011 offseason and Jaguars information is certainly scarce. We figured that this is a pretty good time to examine the current roster, position-by-position. We're going to move on to the tight ends.

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The Jaguars tight end position was one of the strengths of their offense in 2010, as Marcedes Lewis took his game to a Pro Bowl level. The position figures to be strong again in 2011, assuming they can get free agent Marcedes Lewis inked to a new deal. To protect themselves, Jacksonville issued Lewis the franchise tag prior to the lockout.

Can Marcedes Lewis repeat his 2010 success in 2011?

Although Lewis broke out in 2010, he's been that good for a few years now. With the Jaguars wide receiving corps in some disarray, it's likely that Lewis will be the first option in the passing game similar to Antonio Gates in San Diego. There will likely be a learning curve with a rookie quarterback that will affect Lewis' numbers, but assuming he plays on the franchise tag or a new contract he should approach his 2010 statistics.

Can Zach Miller stay healthy?

The former quarterback from Nebraska-Omaha has been a pleasant surprise when he's seen the field but he's been on the sidelines far too often. Although Jaguars fans love the guy, the facts are that he's caught just 41 passes and 3 touchdowns in his career. Nagging injuries have seemingly limited his production and 2011 will be a big year for him. If Miller can't stay healthy it's likely that he will have to re-start his career somewhere else. Miller is used primarily as a slot receiver and the Jaguars will need him this season.

Can Jacksonville find any production from any of their other tight ends?

Zach Potter is primarily a blocking tight end who is signed as an exclusive rights free agent. Jacksonville will likely bring in competition at the position, as there could be one or two open positions. Don't expect the Jaguars to spend on a tight end in free agency (other than Marcedes Lewis), as they feel with Lewis and Miller they have legitimate weapons, and blocking tight ends should be available at a discounted price.

Charlie Bernstein is the host of "The Sports Crunch" on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie

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