Marcedes Lewis Injury: Why Jaguars TE Zach Miller Is Solid Waiver Wire Add

John HickeyContributor IISeptember 18, 2011

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Zach Miller, JaguarsEzra Shaw/Getty Images


Jacksonville tight end Zach Miller was not healthy enough to play last week against Tennessee, but he’s a good bet to step it up this week against the New York Jets.

The Jaguars’ other tight end, Marcedes Lewis, is working with a calf muscle injury that’s going to keep him from being a factor against the Jets.

And while the Jaguars would like to have quarterback Luke McCown spend most of his time handing the ball off to Maurice Jones-Drew, who shredded the New York defense the last time these two met, the fact is that the Jets’ run defense figures to be up to the task of shutting down Jacksonville.

Unless, that is, Jacksonville puts the ball in the air enough to keep the Jets guessing. To do that, McCown, who had an unspectacular season debut against the Titans, is going to have to bring Miller into the game plan.

Jacksonville had hoped that Lewis would be able to go because the All-Pro is a vital cog in the running game as well as a capable receiver. But he was listed as doubtful after getting banged up in the opener against the Titans.

That opens the door for Miller, who had a knee injury that kept him out of the opener. Miller was able to practice all three days this week. The veteran said he was able to run around the field like normal, which opens the door for some connections with McCown, who threw for 175 yards last week as the Jacksonville running game flourished.