Marcedes Lewis wasn’t sure if the Green Bay Packers were the right fit for him. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and tight end Jimmy Graham made him feel at home at Lambeau Field.
Lewis visited Green Bay last week thinking he wanted to explore his options during his first stint as a free agent following 12 years with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He received calls from other teams, but he said that the Packers were the most persistent so he made Lambeau his first stop.
I don’t think we’ve had this much experience at the tight end position in my time here, said Packers coach Mike McCarthy, who called Lewis a prime-time player.
An on-the-line tight end is something we haven’t had a lot of, as far as the way we’ve played over the years, McCarthy added. He can block any defensive end on the league, and that’s definitely a huge asset.
Just day by day, he said in addressing reporters at the Bills facility for the first time since being hired in January.
You’re really grinding on that particular day and trying to get focused, whether it’s later on with the players or the next day, so you just kind of stay in the flow.
And on Thursday, Daboll’s past was nowhere near the forefront of his attention.
No. I’ve got my two-minute in my mind right now, he said, referring to having his offense run the two-minute drill in practice for the first time this spring.
The 43-year-old is entering his 18th NFL season and 22nd overall, including college.
It’s a career in which Daboll has won five Super Bowl titles as an assistant during two separate stints with the New England Patriots. And he’s coming off a season in which he oversaw a run-heavy Crimson Tide offense that helped Alabama win the national title.