With the departure of TE Jimmy Graham, the Packers are still flush with TE’s including Marcedes Lewis, Robert Tonyan(who was tendered as an exclusive rights free agent this week), and Jace Sternberger(drafted in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL Draft). Graham’s departure was written on the wall most of last season so these three probably knew they would each tick up a notch on the roster depth this coming season.
Unlike Tonyan and Sternberger, Marcedes Lewis brings veteran leadership to the position. He joined Green Bay in 2018 after twelve seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Interestingly, out of fourteen seasons in his career, he has only participated in the playoffs on three occasions. Of course, that’s what happens when you spend the bulk of your career with the Jaguars.
In addition to his experience, the 6’6″ 260-pounder is known to be a very competent blocker.
Packers News quoted Lewis on the fact that he is still going strong at age 35:
When I wake up in the morning. I still love it, and I really feel like physically will leave before mentally, as far as me wanting to come back and play. Physically, I was in the best shape I’ve ever been in, in my life. There was not one game that I went into it feeling like I was at a disadvantage.