Packers tight end Marcedes Lewis is on the fast-track to make NFL tight end historical past.
Once the upcoming season begins, Marcedes Lewis is set to tie the record for many seasons performed by a tight end in NFL historical past, a record presently held by Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten.
While he doesn’t have the accolades subsequent to his identify that Gonzalez (14 Pro Bowls, Hall of Famer) and Witten (11 Pro Bowls, doubtless Hall of Fame-bound) have, 17 seasons within the NFL is an unbelievable accomplishment and speaks volumes to how precious and dependable Lewis has been over time.
Lewis, 38, is the final lively participant from the 2006 NFL Draft and is tied for 99th all-time in whole video games performed in his profession. He is coming into what can be fifth season as a Packer after spending the earlier 16 years as a member of the Jaguars.
A 2010 Pro Bowl choice in a yr that he set profession highs in receptions (58), whole yards (700) and touchdowns (10), Lewis is coming into the second season of the two-year, $8M contract extension he signed with the Packers in March of 2021.
Packers: Marcedes Lewis is chasing tight end historical past
During his tenure in Green Bay, the veteran tight end has been used extra for his blocking abilities and what he brings to the staff within the clubhouse as one of many staff’s leaders than his receiving abilities. He is coming off of a season during which he performed in each recreation of the common season for the sixth time in his profession in addition to making a postseason look for the fifth time.
To start his profession all the best way again in 2006, Lewis had stated that his aim was to play 10 years within the NFL. Entering the 2022-23 season, he’s set to start his seventeenth within the league, a record that he’s reportedly well-aware of and is consciously going to attempt to break.
In a put up on the Packers official web site that praises him for his mentorship over younger tight end Robert Tonyan, Lewis had the next to say in regards to the tight end historical past he has in his sights.
“This year, I’ll tie the record,” Lewis stated. “It would be great to break it and then I would consider, ‘OK, I’ve done that.’ Eighteen is kind of bizarre, especially at the tight end position.”
A enjoyable tidbit, Lewis is the one first-round choose that Aaron Rodgers has ever thrown a landing go to (H/T to NFL writer Kevin Patra).