RB Dion Lewis - New England Patriots
|5-7, 193||Born: 9-27-1990||College: Pittsburgh||Drafted: Round 5|
News you need to know
General News (Wed Feb 1): has missed a good deal of football the last two seasons, but the Patriots are 16-0 in games in which Lewis has been active.
Week 21: at Atlanta Falcons
Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 20 vs PIT (6 / 11 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
The running game took a backseat to Tom Brady and the passing game against the Steelers. In contrast to the Texans, Lewis had a fairly small role as a result, and split snaps evenly with his other two running back partners.
2016 Week 19 vs HOU (13 / 41 / 1 rush, 7 / 2 / 23 / 1 rec)
Dion Lewis stole the show, putting on a record setting performance with a couple blemishes. Lewis scored a rushing, receiving, and return touchdown, showing off his versatility in the process. His first touchdown was a swing pass from Tom Brady. Matched up against a linebacker, Lewis simply sped on by for a score. His return touchdown was a full highlight of his speed, while his rushing touchdown was a short one that typically goes to LeGarrette Blount. On the down side, Lewis fumbled twice on the day, which is inexcusable, especially in the playoffs. He will still have a big role going forward, especially if the Patriots can create speed mismatches against the Steelers.
2016 Week 17 vs MIA (11 / 48 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)
A theme on the year, Lewis did more with his carries than his receptions, and it looks to be a fairly even timeshare with LeGarrette Blount on the touch front. However, Blount does have the goal line totes in his favor, meaning the bulk of Lewis's work has come and will come between the 20s.
2016 Week 16 vs NYJ (16 / 52 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Involved once again, Lewis touched the ball 17 times, with most of his touches being carries. Interestingly, Lewis continues to run well between the tackles, something he didn't do much of last year prior to his injury.
2016 Week 15 vs DEN (18 / 95 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
In a surprise, Dion Lewis led the Patriots offensive attack, running all over the place and handling the ball 20 times in the process. Considering how much he was used in the passing game last year, the rushing success was great gameplanning and good work by Lewis and his o-line, who used speed to their advantage to create mismatches against the Broncos front 7. Lewis's run game role may be dependent on game flow and opposing defense matchups, but this backfield is becoming a big timeshare.
2016 Week 14 vs BAL (3 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
With only 4 touches and James White playing good football, it's fair to wonder if Lewis will see the touch share of his pre-injury 2015 form. It's looking less and less likely, particularly with LeGarrette Blount's play in the run game. As a result, his contributions were minimal against the Ravens.
2016 Week 13 vs LA (5 / 27 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 11 / 0 rec)
Lewis only saw 9 touches, though he may have seen more had the game been closer. He notably played less as the game got out of hand, as the Patriots were likely managing his reps.
2016 Week 12 vs NYJ (6 / 24 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)
Lewis made his first appearance of the year, shaking off some rust in the process. He was given 10 touches, and as expected, played a role in the passing game. It remains to be seen if he takes over as the lead back, but he can be expected to rise in snap count as the season progresses.
2016 Week 11 vs SF (5 / 23 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis made his long-awaited return to the lineup for the Patriots, his 2016 season debut. The diminutive back looked hesitant on his opening touches as he regained feel for full-speed action. However, Lewis found space on three of his eight touches exhibiting a strong cut on one reception of note. Lewis was used in conjunction with James White on the field a handful of times.
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