Lewis Set To Go With a New Deal
The Sports Xchange had this blurb about Marcedes Lewis ending his holdout--
Tight end Marcedes Lewis reported to camp on Monday as promised, but said he's hands-off until a new long-term deal is completed.
"It's hard for me to just sit out there and watch other people do my job, but it's a unique situation," Lewis said. "I'm positive that this all will get done pretty soon. It's hard standing up here talking about it because I should be in my practice pants and my shoulder pads right now talking to you."
The Pro Bowl tight end signed the franchise tender but has been pushing for a contract extension.
Update: Lewis inked his new deal this morning, according to Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union. Stellino is reporting the deal being worth $35 million over 5 years with $18 million in guaranteed money.
Garrard Goes Down
David Garrard mysteriously disappeared from last night's practice with what is being called a sore back.
"David's back got a little tight," Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio told reporters. "We're just going to ice him down. He'll get treatment and all that, but he'll be fine."
Prior to the injury, Garrard struggled mightily handling the Jaguars blitz packages and was very inaccurate. Through a little over one week of practices, rookie Blaine Gabbert has outplayed Garrard, as has backup Luke McCown.
D-Line Playing Well
The pass rush has been a point of contention for the Jaguars going back nearly a decade. This Jaguars team likely won't remind anyone of the 2007 New York Giants up front, but they do appear to be improved.
Second-year defensive tackle Tyson Alualu has been a monster in camp as he's virtually unblockable, and second-year ends Austen Lane and Aaron Morgan have both improved considerably. All three players have won a very high percentage of their one-on-one drills, and undrafted rookies Odrick Ray and Marc Schiechl have been nice surprises for the team.
The other part of defensive linemen dominating so thoroughly throughout practice is that it could mean that the offensive line is deficient. We will find out once preseason begins next week.
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and 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