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Steve Grogan
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Packers sign veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis

Fri May 25 4:14pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis (89) runs with the ball during an NFL football practice in Jacksonville, Fla., Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers have signed tight end Marcedes Lewis, adding another veteran to back up Jimmy Graham.

The 6-foot-6 Lewis, who turned 34 last week, played 12 seasons in Jacksonville. He ranks third in Jaguars history with 375 catches and second with 33 touchdown receptions.

Lewis also helped the Jaguars run for an NFL-best 141.4 yards per game last year.

He fills out the depth chart at a thin position for the Packers, who signed Graham as a free agent this offseason. Lance Kendricks was the only other tight end with extensive experience on the roster.

The tight end position can be productive on a Packers offense that figures to bounce back in 2018 with a healthy Aaron Rodgers returning at quarterback.

Player Notes
Derek Barnett May 27 4:13pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles DE Derek Barnett (hernia) was not limited in OTAs last week, according to Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com.

Darren Sproles May 27 4:13pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles was one of two absences - along with DL Michael Bennett - from OTAs last week, according to Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com.

Tyler Eifert May 27 4:03pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) was reportedly moving at 'half speed' last week at OTAs and did not take part in team drills, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Jim Owczarski.

Amari Cooper May 27 12:03am ET

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper said he has been learning a lot from WR Jordy Nelson.

Geno Smith May 26 11:43pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers QB Geno Smith has 're-focused' himself, according to head coach Anthony Lynn, and Smith has been accurate throughout OTAs, according to Ricky Henne of Chargers.com.

Marcus Mariota May 26 11:33pm ET

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota said he has been working on widening his throwing stance to increase his balance and improve his throwing accuracy.

Will Fuller May 26 10:53pm ET

Houston Texans WR Will Fuller said his goal is to have a better season this year than he had in 2017, and head coach Bill O'Brien said Fuller appears to be back at full speed at OTAs after battling nagging injuries last season.

Christian Hackenberg May 26 10:23pm ET

The New York Jets will only receive a seventh-round pick from the Oakland Raiders as part of the Christian Hackenberg trade if Hackenberg makes Oakland's roster out of training camp and remains on the roster during the season.

DeVante Parker May 26 10:13pm ET

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker has not responded to retired WR Chris Chambers' attempts to help him 'speed up his growth curve,' according to Chambers. 'I don't know if he fully gets what it means to be a pro,' Chambers said. 'Athleticism and talent only last so long.'

Mark Walton May 26 9:33pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals RB Mark Walton will mainly contribute on special teams this season, according to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com.

Jordan Willis May 26 9:33pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals DE Jordan Willis should serve as the every-down right end in 2018, according to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com.

Alex Smith May 26 6:53pm ET

Contract terms for Washington Redskins QB Alex Smith include a $27 million signing bonus and salaries of $13 million in 2018 and $15 million in 2019. Smith's $16 million in 2020 becomes fully guaranteed on the fifth day of the 2019 league year.

Josh Freeman May 26 5:13pm ET

Former NFL QB Josh Freeman has decided to retire from professional football.

Quandre Diggs May 26 2:23pm ET

Detroit Lions S Quandre Diggs is competing for one of the starting safety jobs this offseason and may be the leading candidate for the job at this point, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein.

De'Anthony Thomas May 26 2:03pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs C Mitch Morse (foot) and WR De'Anthony Thomas (leg) did not participate in organized team activities this week. Head coach Andy Reid said both players are doing well in their recoveries.

Eric Berry May 26 1:53pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry (Achilles') and LB Dee Ford (back) participated in organized team activities this week.

Buster Skrine May 26 1:13pm ET

New York Jets CB Buster Skrine worked with the first-team defense during organized team activities this week, but CB Morris Claiborne is also considered a candidate for the starting cornerback job.

Tyler Boyd May 26 12:53pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd likely will be the slot receiver for the Bengals this season but could also see some time as an outside receiver.

Jason Verrett May 26 12:43pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers CB Jason Verrett (knee) has not been cleared for full participation in practice at this point.

Julius Thomas May 26 12:43pm ET

Free-agent TE Julius Thomas (Dolphins) could be an option for the Los Angeles Chargers because of TE Hunter Henry's (knee) injury, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Eric D. Williams.