Look Who's Awake

The definition of a sleeper type of player is something or someone that becomes unexpectedly successful or important after a period of being unnoticed, ignored, or considered unpromising or a failure. Under normal circumstances, a first round draft pick would never be considered as a candidate for sleeper status, especially just one year into his pro career.

Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis may dissipate those "normal" circumstances, and be a real sleeper for the Jaguars in '07.

Marcedes Lewis' rookie season of '06 seemed snake-bit from the start, as his class was late to graduate from UCLA, and he missed significant time during the Jaguars off-season minicamps. Lewis then had the bad luck of injuring his ankle in the Jaguars very first preseason game at Miami, which sidelined him for the rest of training camp, seemingly setting him behind for the entire season. Lewis was trying to play catchup for the rest of the season, and was used sparingly in the passing game when he first returned from the injury. Just as Lewis was starting to get comfortable and acquainted with the Jaguars offense, quarterback Byron Leftwich went down for the season with his own ankle injury, and in came David Garrard, and down went the entire Jaguars passing game. Lewis finished his rookie season with just 13 receptions for 126 yards and one touchdown.

So what has changed to make anyone think that Marcedes Lewis can be anything more than a fill-in at tight end? First of all, Marcedes is mostly healthy and will participate in all of camp. Secondly, the Jaguars hired a new offensive coordinator in Dirk Koetter that emphasizes a lot of two tight end sets, and stresses the tight end as a pass catching weapon. With Lewis' great set of hands and size --6'6", 265 lbs.- he should be a nice red zone target as well as a weapon down the seam like the Jaguars envisioned when they made the former Mackey Award winner from 2005 their first selection last year.

Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of JagNation.com, and a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports.com and Sportsillustated.com. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers Association. Feel free to contact Charlie HERE

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