Jaguars honor retiring C Meester with reception

The Jacksonville Jaguars honored retiring center Brad Meester

with a reception – the pass-catching kind.

The Jaguars called a screen play for the 14-year veteran who

announced Wednesday that Sunday’s game against Tennessee would be

his home finale.

Meester spent his entire career in Jacksonville, and he was the

only player announced in pregame introductions Sunday. The Jaguars

also planned a tribute on the field after the game.

But offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch didn’t wait, dialing up a

play for Meester in the first quarter.

Meester reported as an eligible receiver, lined up at tight end

and then caught the screen pass. Meester had fellow offensive

linemen Uche Nwaneri and Austin Pasztor out front and plenty of

open space. But Meester ran into Nwaneri. Still, he gained 9 yards

and set up Chad Henne’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Marcedes Lewis on

the next play.

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