The Jaguars invested an eight-figure signing bonus on Jerry Porter to be that answer, but he remains sidelined with a hamstring injury that has forced him to miss all of training camp. It is unclear exactly when Porter will return, and when he does he won't have the necessary reps with quarterback David Garrard to likely be successful right away.
"I can't build any rapport with him until he's on the field," Garrard said of Porter. "I'm just going to try to put some extra time in with him."
In his limited time on the practice fields in OTA's, Porter impressed coaches and teammates.
"Jerry Porter has some of the best hands that I've seen," said tight end Marcedes Lewis. "He's only 6'3" or 6'4", but his hands are as big as mine. The way he goes up and catches the ball is great."
With Porter hurt, Reggie Williams first practicing this week after a knee injury, Troy Williamson nursing a nagging leg injury, Dennis Northcutt having a bad back, the numerous question marks associated with Matt Jones, and Mike Walker's inexperience, there is an open position for someone to take over the primary pass-catching duties in the Jaguars offense.
The guy who may be poised to take over that role is tight end Marcedes Lewis. The former first-round pick has some of the best hands on the team; he represents a huge 6'7" target, and is ready for an expanded role in 2008.
"I think I feel more comfortable in the offense," Lewis told JagNation. "I understand more of what's going on. I think part of the plan is to get the tight end the ball."
Lewis contains the skill set of an Antonio Gates or Tony Gonzalez, but up to this point he's never been the focal point of the Jaguars offense. This could be the year that can all change.
"As far as rating myself up there in the league, all I want to do is go out there and do my best," Lewis said modestly. "Work hard and wherever I am at the end of the day. I think that I'm getting better and better every year and that's the most important thing- to improve. And I think I'm doing that."
With all of the question marks and injuries associated with the other Jaguars receivers, why can't the number one receiver be a tight end?
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