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RB Dion Lewis - New England Patriots

5-7, 193Born: 9-27-1990College: PittsburghDrafted: Round 5

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Lewis was quiet for the Patriots again this week, but we know how talented he is, we know how banged up this offense is, and we know that he tore up the Texans in last year's playoffs - that's who the Patriots face this week. Lewis could also be dealt to another team with running back problems by the trade deadline if the Patriots don't need him.

Week 3: vs Houston Texans

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. With run defense being a rare strength on a clearly out-of-whack Texans team, it's unlikely we'll see the Patriots test it much in Week 3. When they do, though, it will be almost exclusively on the legs of Mike Gillislee. He's the clear-cut hammer and closer in the offense, and the team turns to him for virtually all of its interior running. Gillislee has been underwhelming on paper, managing just 114 yards on his 33 carries, but keep that in proper context. Much of his running has come in short yardage, which will always ding a runner's per-carry average. And he's been quite successful there, converting 5 of his 8 short-yardage carries into first downs or touchdowns. (He also had a 2-yard score called back by penalty in Week 2.) Beyond Gillislee, the Patriots tend to manufacture their run game with end-around plays and shotgun runs in open space. It's typically high on impact, but low on predictability. Longtime inside linebacker Brian Cushing has nine games remaining on his PED suspension, but his loss may not be felt too terribly. Rookie Zach Cunningham is an athletic prospect who's shown well thus far as a pro. He was outstanding in his debut start, coming up with several key stops against the Bengals. He and Benardrick McKinney operate behind a stout, J.J. Watt-led defensive line that works well at the point of attack.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs KC 6 2 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.9
2 at NO 14 4 14 0 1 1 11 0 0 2.5
3 vs HOU PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * 1 * * * *
3 vs HOU PROJ-Tremblay * 5 * * 2 * * * *
3 vs HOU PROJ-Bloom * 6 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 1 vs KC (2 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Lewis was the odd man out in the backfield, only receiving a couple carries. He did look good on a 5 yard gain he had, but his role seems fairly small right now.

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Schedule

3vs Houston Texans
4vs Carolina Panthers
5@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6@ New York Jets
7vs Atlanta Falcons
8vs Los Angeles Chargers
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Denver Broncos
11@ Oakland Raiders
12vs Miami Dolphins
13@ Buffalo Bills
14@ Miami Dolphins
15@ Pittsburgh Steelers
16vs Buffalo Bills
17vs New York Jets