MIAMI – Aaron Jones didn’t see the play well.
While the Pro Bowl running back had his ankle taped at the sideline, Jones could see out of the corner of his eye an image of a large receiver grabbing the sideline 31 yards past the Miami defensive back. It was only
As the players rose to reveal the No. 89 jersey of Marcedes Ruiz, Jones was in awe of the play Green Bay’s beloved 38-year-old tight end had just made.
“I looked at the board and thought, ‘Damn, that was Marcedes,'” Jones said. “He turned the clock back a little.”
The 17-year veteran made two of the Packers’ biggest offensive plays in Sunday’s 26-20 win over the Miami Dolphins, scoring a 1-yard touchdown off a second-quarter corner route for 10. It was a draw. Only a few times have Green Bay deployed four tight ends on the field at the same time.
After halftime, Lewis ran a wheel route down the sidelines and quarterback Aaron Rodgers perfected the coverage of Dolphins safety Eric Lowe. Running back AJ Dillon scored two plays for a 1-yard TD run to tie the game at 20.
The 31-yard completion was Lewis’s longest reception since a 36-yard catch on December 6, 2020 against Philadelphia.
“That play, when I actually tried it, A-Rod didn’t really let me do it,” Lewis said. “I feel like I let him win, I saw the ball and the rest was basic. I was very grateful.”
Those two plays were important in the overall plan for Green Bay’s offense, which was only 2/5 in the red zone. The Packers also made adjustments early in the second half, with Jones dealing with ankle and knee injuries and Christian Watson missing the rest of the game with a hip injury.
Rodgers made the most of his arsenal with 10 different receivers catching passes. Lewis is known for his block prowess these days, but Sunday’s reminder that you can’t sleep on a big dog in a passing game.
“I said, ‘Marcedes, you still have a son on wheels,'” Jones said with a laugh. “That’s Big Dog. If he needed to show up, he’d show up. No questions, he’s a team first player.”