Jacksonville TE Lewis: “The Jaguars Will Make the Playoffs”

The Jaguars haven’t reached the playoffs since 2007 and drafted QB Blaine Gabbert last month in a move that may signal a changing of the guard under center. But Pro Bowl TE Marcedes Lewis thinks the Jags are headed back to the postseason — with veteran QB David Garrard at the helm. “The Jaguars will make the playoffs, and Dave will be our quarterback,” Lewis said on NFL Network’s NFL Total Access on Wednesday.

Jacksonville has contended late into the regular season the past two years but lost the last three games in 2010 — Garrard missed Week 17 with a finger injury — after losing the final four in 2009. “I’m not gonna say we’re a young team anymore, I think that’s an excuse — we’re all grown men. I think with us, it’s having greater attention to detail where it matters the most. And I think, obviously in previous years, that’s something that’s plagued us. We start out well, then towards the middle of the season we’ll be right there on the cusp, and then we’ll have a bad string of games,” said Lewis. “I think subconsciously, we think about that and letting outside things get in the way of our goals and our aspirations as a team, and I think we have to get better in that area.” But it’s an area he believes will improve.

“We have a team with character as opposed to a team with a bunch of characters,” said Lewis. “And this is a new year coming up, and we’re excited about the opportunity.” Admitting surprise that Gabbert was drafted, Lewis has little worry that Garrard will be ready to go after making the Pro Bowl in 2009 while playing extremely well for long stretches of 2010. “Dave is one of those guys that, when his back is against the wall, he’s coming out fighting. And for those that don’t really know Dave, he’s a great guy,” said Lewis.

“Dave is going to accept the competition, take Blaine under his wing and continue to be our quarterback and do exactly what he’s been doing since I’ve been here: that’s continue to be a leader on and off the field, in the community and doing his thing. Dave is in good spirits.”

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