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RB Dion Lewis - New England Patriots

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

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2015 Week 9 vs WAS (4 / 14 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)

Perhaps the biggest story of the Patriots' day was Dion Lewis going down with injury. Lewis took a screen pass down the middle, and went down in a heap right before being tackled. It looked to be non-contact, and initial reports haven't painted the brightest picture for the talented running back. Prior to going down, Lewis looked like his usual self with a couple amazing jukes. He did drop an easy touchdown pass early in the game, perhaps due to sun in his eyes. The injury definitely bears watching, as it has the potential to totally alter the Patriots' game plan going forward.

2015 Week 8 vs MIA (5 / 19 / 0 rush, 9 / 6 / 93 / 1 rec)

Back from an abdomen injury, Lewis once again showed off inhuman elusiveness on his way to a very solid day. The play that tells you all you need to know about Lewis was a 19 yard pass play that saw him executive a videogame spin move in the opposite direction that a linebacker was expecting. The linebacker dove to tackle Lewis, but came up with total air as Lewis had already outspun the linebacker. It was a sublime move that very few players have in their arsenal. Lewis also caught an easy touchdown toss from Tom Brady, settling into zone coverage and scooting into the end zone untouched. As usual, Lewis was a bigger factor in the passing game, as most of the carries went LeGarrette Blount's way.

2015 Week 6 vs IND (4 / 21 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)

Game script had Tom Brady throwing the ball and LeGarrette Blount pounding the Colts. As a result, Lewis saw few touches even in the passing game. His most notable play came on a 3rd and short, where Lewis ran a route a yard too short of the sticks, forcing the Patriots to punt. Still, Lewis should bounce back and remains a key cog in the Patriots offense.

2015 Week 5 vs DAL (6 / 34 / 0 rush, 11 / 8 / 59 / 1 rec)

Playing the majority of the snaps against Dallas, Lewis continues to show that his hot start is no fluke, displaying great open field moves, slick hands, and solid running all around. Though he only rushed 6 times, he was targeted 11 times on the day thanks to the necessity of getting the ball out quick in the passing game. His best play was his 10 yard touchdown catch, where he eluded a couple defenders, caused one to fly over him, and waltzed his way into the endzone. Lewis also slipped a sure loss on a run and got the ball to the 1 yard line, which set up a Tom Brady sneak. Lewis should continue to operate as the 1A back in the Patriots backfield going forward.

2015 Week 3 vs JAX (8 / 37 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 30 / 0 rec)

Dion Lewis played the most snaps of any Patriots running back when the game was close, and displayed the elusiveness and solid moves that have been on display during the short 2015 season. One of Lewis's best assets is his jump cut and ability to change direction quickly, something he uses at will to pick up extra yardage. His touchdown came from 8 yards out and used some of those jump cuts to ensure he wasn't tackled early. Lewis also played his usual part in the passing game, reeling in all 5 of his targets, though none were long gains.

2015 Week 2 vs BUF (7 / 40 / 1 rush, 9 / 6 / 98 / 0 rec)

It was deja vu for Dion Lewis, as he showed quickness, elusiveness, and fumbled once again as he did in Week 1. Surprisingly, Bill Belichick didn't bench Lewis after his fumble, something that indicates the talent gap between Lewis and the rest of the Pats backfield. Lewis did score a touchdown on a 6 yard run that saw a nice hole, and had a couple other highlight plays including a 34 yard catch that saw Lewis split wide left, displaying his versatility. Lewis clearly has a role in the backfield, and with pass heavy gameplans, he'll be the featured back as long as he doesn't fumble his way to the doghouse.

2015 Week 1 vs PIT (15 / 69 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec)

The star of the show from the back position, Dion Lewis played the majority of the snaps at running back, running well behind a rookie offensive line and catching several passes. What was notable about Lewis was his quickness and jump cuts, which almost reminded one of a mini LeSean McCoy. Lewis's best run was a 13 yard jaunt in which he eluded 3 or 4 tacklers, which is surprising given his diminutive size. It was clear from the preseason that Lewis had a role carved out, and going forward, even with LeGarrette Blount back, Lewis will have a role in this backfield.


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