RB Dion Lewis - Tennessee Titans
|5-7, 193||Born: 9-27-1990||College: Pittsburgh||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2011|
2019 Week 1 vs CLE (3 / 7 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 6 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis had a rough day as he managed only 13 total yards on six touches. He was not a factor on the ground with Derrick Henry carrying 19 times to just three for Lewis. His day through the air did not get off to a great start either as Lewis dropped an easy screen pass on third down, leading to a failed conversion and field goal on the opening drive. Most of his targets came either on designed screens or as the final read as a check down. His only truly positive play came as the last read on third-and-long where Lewis hauled in the short pass for seven yards but failed to convert for the first down.
2019 Week 2 vs IND (3 / 9 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
The first touch for Dion Lewis came on a flukey pass on a third-and-long that Marcus Mariota barely got off, allowing Lewis to run for five yards before easily being brought down. He would finish with just three rushes and that one single reception for a total of 14 yards.
2019 Week 4 vs ATL (4 / 16 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 4 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis finished with four receptions from five targets, but only four total yards. He is being used almost exclusively on screens which went absolutely nowhere. Three of his four receptions were for negative yardage, while his longest catch went for an 11-yard gain.
2019 Week 9 vs CAR (4 / 20 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 33 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis saw a season-high nine touches for 53 total yards in this game. He had a nice run of seven yards up the middle on the Titans third drive of the game, but Lewis followed that up with a costly fumble just two plays later. Lewis was active in the passing game, hauling in a short pass in full stride on the last drive before halftime that he took for 24 yards to get the Titans into Panthers territory. Lewis would haul in a few more screen passes in the second half, but all were for negative or short gains--as has been the case with much of his production this season.
2019 Week 12 vs JAX (5 / 21 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 24 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis saw a season-high five rushes for 21 yards while also hauling in screen pass on the first drive of the game that he took for 24 yards, showing great speed as he shifted through defenders while sprinting downfield. The rushing production for Lewis came on the heels of an impressive day for Derrick Henry, as Lewis saw four of his five carries late in the fourth quarter once Henry had been benched for the afternoon.
2019 Week 15 vs HOU (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 1 rec)
Dion Lewis saw a slight uptick in playing time, but he still touched the ball just four times--three of which were runs for a total of 10 rushing yards. His last touch of the game came late in the fourth quarter as Lewis was the beneficiary of soft coverage near the goal line and took a dump-off 11 yards for his first touchdown of the season.
2019 Week 16 vs NO (15 / 68 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis got the start in place of an injured Derrick Henry and was reasonably productive in the backfield, averaging 4.5 yards per carry for 68 rushing yards while adding on a catch for 19 yards. That one reception came in the first quarter on nicely executed screen where Lewis did a great job following his blockers for the 19-yard gain--his biggest play of the day. Lewis fought hard for a 12-yard run just before halftime as he hit the hole hard and got a great push from his offensive line to grind out the 12 yards. Lewis had another big run on the first drive of the second half as he appeared to run into a wall about three-yards downfield, but instead made a nice cut to the right and accelerated towards the right sideline to complete a 17-yard run.
2018 Week 1 vs MIA (16 / 75 / 1 rush, 8 / 5 / 35 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis did not see his first touch until the Titans' third series, a few minutes into the second quarter. His first carry actually went for negative yardage as Lewis made a poor attempt to cut back on a toss before being smothered behind the line. Lewis would haul in a dump-off and make some nice juke moves to gain 12 yards on the next play though. On the next drive to close out the first half, Lewis shot out of the backfield and plowed over a defender on his way to a powerful 9-yard gain. This would be the last play prior to the first lightning delay of nearly two hours. Lewis looked unstoppable on his longest run of the day near the end of the third quarter as he cut back to find a hole before spinning to avoid a defender and powering his way 26 yards downfield requiring two defenders to take him out of bounds. Later on that drive, it was Lewis who got the nod from within the five-yard line for his first rushing touchdown of the season. This was a big carry for Lewis, as everyone expected Henry to be the primary goal-line back. Lewis ended the day as the Titans' second most targeted receiver with 21 overall touches.
2018 Week 2 vs HOU (14 / 42 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis took the back seat to Derrick Henry in this game, getting out-touched 15-to-18 as Henry was the clear feature back on most series. Lewis saw a few carries to spell Henry throughout the first half and was featured on one full possession before halftime. Lewis had a few decent runs throughout the first half, but nothing spectacular as he was running behind a banged-up offensive line missing three of their primary tackles. Lewis had the longest run of the game for 13 yards midway through the fourth quarter as he was set up with some nice blocks that allowed for a huge hole for Lewis to blast through, running nearly 10 yards before being touched. The Titans went mostly to Derrick Henry on this last drive, but coming off a time-out late in the drive, Lewis questionably was given a short carry on 3rd-and-1 carry with which he gained no yards leading to the game-winning field goal on fourth down.
2018 Week 3 vs JAX (9 / 26 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis's usage continues to drop as he finished with a season-low 12 touches compared to 18 touches from Derrick Henry. Lewis was ineffective with his nine rushing attempts, averaging only 2.8 yards per carry. Lewis did have a few longer runs of seven and nine yards, but he also countered those with a couple runs for no gain or negative yardage. The Titans' passing game was not firing on all cylinders with Marcus Mariota in the game despite nursing an injured arm, so Lewis certainly felt that pain as he finished with only three receptions for 14 yards. Lewis could have had a bigger game through the air, but he simply did not play a ton of snaps and was required for blocking to defend against an aggressive Jaguars front seven.
2018 Week 4 vs PHI (4 / 0 / 0 rush, 9 / 9 / 66 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis was a workhorse through the air this week, hauling in all nine of his targets as he ties for the team lead in receptions and finished with 66 receiving yards. Lewis was a key safety blanket for Marcus Mariota as he consistently leaked out of the backfield for short routes throughout the game. One of his longest receptions of the day came midway through the third quarter as Lewis snuck out of the backfield to be left wide open about four yards downfield. Lewis caught the ball and turned it upfield, spinning out of an arm tackle to gain an extra dozen yards as he finished with a 17-yard gain. The most impactful play for Lewis came late in overtime on 4th-and-2 when Lewis hauled in a short pass to convert the first down, then sped down the sideline to put the Titans in a great spot for their eventual game-winning touchdown.
2018 Week 5 vs BUF (12 / 34 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis out-touched Derrick Henry 15 to 11 despite the slow and low-scoring pace of the game. His first touch of the game came on the Titans' drive to close out the first quarter as Lewis was the feature back on this one. Lewis hauled in a swing pass for six yards followed by three lackluster runs of three or fewer yards. His next two carries would go for negative yards until Lewis finally found a seam for a big play late in the second half. He nearly ran past his opportunity but made a good cut through a wide open lane before accelerating upfield nearly untouched for the first dozen yards of his 15-yard run. Lewis came out of halftime as the featured back on the Titans' first series and started with a nice 10-yard reception coming off the short dump-off. Lewis would lose yards on his next two plays though to help stall that drive. The big blunder of the day for Lewis came on the next drive in the third quarter as he was stripped on a short run, fumbling the ball with the Bills recovering it. Lewis saw just three more carries after that fumble.
2018 Week 6 vs BAL (5 / 9 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis saw two fewer rushing attempts than Derrick Henry as neither running back proved to be effective on a day riddled by poor offensive line and quarterback play. Lewis did break a run for seven yards out of the shotgun in the second quarter, but that was his only gain of greater than two yards in this dreadful offensive performance.
2018 Week 7 vs LAC (13 / 91 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 64 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis bounced back from an abysmal Week 6 to lead the Titans in yards as he was the primary focus of the offense in this game. Lewis out-carried Derrick Henry by one as he had a hand full of great runs to lead the team by far in rushing yards. Lewis was heavily involved in the passing game as well, hauling in all six of his targets to finish with the second-most receiving yards for the Titans. He hauled in back-to-back short passes for 9 and 14 yards on the first drive of the game. Midway through the second quarter, Lewis busted off a 17-yard run between the tackles as he found a wide open hole and made a great sidestep to make a linebacker miss as he picked up an extra few yards on the tail end of his run. Just after halftime, Lewis motioned wide for a screen pass and made a good step inside to throw off the defense before getting to the edge for a 21-yard pickup--his longest reception of the day. Lewis made another good move on the very next play as he should have been tackled for a loss but broke free from defenders in the backfield to bounce the run wide for an eight-yard gain. His highlight play of the game though was a 36-yard run on the final drive where Lewis hit an open hole hard to explode downfield. He shed one arm tackle before plowing through three defenders before the last defender finally managed to take him down and prevent what would have been a touchdown.
2018 Week 9 vs DAL (19 / 62 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 60 / 1 rec)
Dion Lewis saw his largest workload of the season, out-snapping Derrick Henry with 84 percent compared to Henry's 20 percent--the widest margin of the season between the two Titans lead running backs. Lewis' game did not get off to the best of starts though, five of his first six rushes went for one or fewer yards while he also botched a handoff on the second drive which resulted in a fumble credited to Mariota. As the second quarter got started, Lewis showed great patience on a zone run to the left from the I-formation, hitting his hole at the perfect time before accelerating to a 12-yard gain. On the next drive, Lewis hauled in a dreadfully set up screen pass midway through the second quarter that ended with a loss of four yards. He had blockers available on the outside that would have given him a chance at positive yards, but Lewis elected to try and shake defenders back towards the middle of the field before being taken down. Later in this drive, Lewis would see a much better screen pass that was blocked well enough to lead him to the end zone from 18 yards out for his first receiving touchdown of the season. Midway through the fourth quarter, Lewis would work his magic again from a screen reception as he accelerated all the way downfield nearly untouched for a 37-yard reception to help set up the Titans' game-clinching touchdown. Lewis made a few big plays here, notable through the air, but his indecisiveness in the backfield ultimately hurt his rushing productivity.
2018 Week 10 vs NE (20 / 57 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis got things started for this Titans backfield, seeing four carries from within the red zone to start the game as he gained 12 yards on those opportunities. Lewis had a much more productive second series as he led off that drive with a big 12-yard run due to some nice blocking up front along with great balance to spin off his own man before gaining another chunk of yards to cap off the run. Lewis would follow that up a few plays later with another bug run of 11 yards from good blocking on the right side. Lewis, however, would cap off that drive by being stuffed for a five-yard loss. Lewis really did not do much outside of those two big 10+ yard runs despite seeing a season-high 20 carries to lead the backfield in rushing attempts. Lewis was targeted just twice as he hauled in both receptions for short gains.
2018 Week 11 vs IND (10 / 24 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis led the way at running back again in this game as he saw the start and first series of snaps, but Lewis finished with only 10 carries--his lowest total in over a month. Four of those 10 carries all game on the first drive, with Lewis getting bottled up on all but one run that went for 11 yards as Lewis made a nice spin move to pick up a few extra yards at the end of the run. Lewis would see just two targets in the passing game, hauling in one of the short passes from a quick shovel pass from Mariota as Lewis scampered for an eight-yard gain. The catch was actually impressive as Lewis snagged it with one hand with his back to the defense before making a good move upfield to evade a linebacker to convert the first down.
2018 Week 12 vs HOU (7 / 8 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 33 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis had a dreadful outing on the ground as he managed to run for just eight yards on seven rushing attempts. His indecisive running style is what did Lewis in here, as he tried to shuffle and make something out of nothing far too often, resulting in four busted plays of no gain or negative yardage in the first half alone. Lewis did make a few nice plays through the air as he led the team in targets and receptions, hauling in all seven of them for 33 yards. His most notable catch may have been on the Titans' drive to start the second quarter where Lewis just barely could not push his way across the first down marker on third down, which inevitably set up the Titans' failed fourth down conversion attempt that turned the tide of this game.
2018 Week 13 vs NYJ (6 / 36 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / -2 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis got the start in this one but finished with very little volume as he was not much of a factor in the Titans offense. The first half was a rough one for this offense as a whole as they couldn't sustain drives due to poor offensive line play and penalties. Lewis had basically one productive rush on each of the first two drives before hauling in a couple passes and busting an 11-yard run to the right side against soft defense on a long second-down. He would see just one more touch before halftime, then basically disappear after the half with only one touch for the rest of the game. That one touch came on a play where Lewis was caught off guard, not expecting the handoff on a play to close out the third quarter. He fumbled on the surprise exchange, but scooped up the ball immediately and actually gained eight yards. The Titans were in pass-first mode for much of the second half while Mariota was airing it out to his wide receivers with Lewis or Henry needed in the backfield to block.
2018 Week 14 vs JAX (10 / 13 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 39 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis was firmly in the back seat to Derrick Henry in this one. He made a few nice plays in the first half, including nearly finding the end zone from a nicely blocked screen on the first drive that he managed to take for 21 yards. As a rusher, however, Lewis was ineffective with only a few marginal gains. He tried to punch it in three times from the goal line as Henry wanted Lewis to get an opportunity, but Lewis and the offensive line could not make it happen.
2018 Week 15 vs NYG (7 / 35 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 9 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis was minimally involved in the offense as he only saw seven carries and three targets with Derrick Henry dominating the game plan. Highlights were few and far between, with his only impressive run coming midway through the fourth quarter as Lewis showed great vision by cutting to the right side to evade defenders as he accelerated his way to a 17-yard gain. He followed that up with another impressive run of 11 yards as these were his only two gains of more than seven yards.
2018 Week 16 vs WAS (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis finished with a season-low three rushing attempts as he simply was not a factor in the offensive gameplan despite playing just over a third of the snaps. Lewis did make a nice play through the air just before halftime, picking up 18 yards on a cross screen pattern to convert a third down. That was his only play of greater than four yards on the day.
2018 Week 17 vs IND (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis didn't see a single rushing attempt in the season finale, but he was targeted four times with three receptions for 23 yards. A couple of those receptions came with just seconds remaining before halftime as the Titans were clearly in a hurry-up offense with Lewis as the check-down option. Lewis would actually catch three balls in a row late in the fourth quarter, but only one that he took for 11 yards counted as the other two were called back due to offensive penalties.
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.
2017 Week 3 vs HOU (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)
With Rex Burkhead out, Lewis was able to get some touches, but wasn't able to do much with them. He may take a backseat again when Burkhead is back.
2017 Week 4 vs CAR (4 / 18 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Though Lewis has taken a back seat in the backfield, he did score a touchdown on one of his few touches from 8 yards out. This is likely an anomaly and not a trend of things to come.
2017 Week 5 vs TB (7 / 53 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis was arguably the most explosive Patriots player against the Buccaneers, outrunning Mike Gillislee on 5 less carries. His highlight was a 31 yard gain with a decent hole that Lewis squirted through, looking quicker than almost every defender near him. One wonders if this will lead to a more stable touch role going forward since his touches have been minimal.
2017 Week 6 vs NYJ (11 / 52 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis started the game against the Patriots, saw a goal line score, and clearly looked more explosive than backfield mate Mike Gillislee. He had a great 10 yard run that saw him bounce off a wall of tacklers, cut to the outside, and scamper up the field for 10 yards. Many running backs would have simply been stuffed for no gain on the play. Even with Rex Burkhead back, Lewis should see touches, even if not in huge volume.
2017 Week 7 vs ATL (13 / 76 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
As expected, Lewis saw an increased role on offense and did well with the touches. His most notable run was a 25 yarder up the gut, thanks in large part to a big hole opened up by the offensive line. Lewis also saw a few carries inside the 10, though he didn't convert any of them. He was also replaced at the 2 yard line on one carry by Mike Gillislee. His touch counts may ebb and flow on a weekly basis with 4 running backs involved, but he'll get his shots.
2017 Week 8 vs LAC (15 / 44 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Once again, as expected, Dion Lewis saw plenty of touches, though he would have seen more if Rex Burkhead wasn't active once again. Lewis saw the most rushes, but didn't do a ton with them, though he did see some carries inside the 10 yard line. He was also not a focal point of the passing game. His big highlight was actually a nice kick return that went for over 70 yards.
2017 Week 10 vs DEN (14 / 55 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Lewis rotated in and out of the lineup, and though he was the best runner on the day, his impact was most felt on a 103 yard kickoff return touchdown. It was simply a case of wheels and good blocking, as so many return touchdowns are. Lewis also ran in a touchdown from 8 yards from the shotgun formation, which opened up a bit more room on the play. He wasn't involved in the passing game, but is clearly one of the lead rushing backs now for the Pats.
2017 Week 11 vs OAK (10 / 60 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 28 / 1 rec)
Dion Lewis has taken control of this backfield. Deployed as a runner and as a receiver, Lewis gave Oakland's defense fits. Lewis was asked to run between the tackles--and rewarded the coaching staff with some hard-nosed running. Lewis refused to be taken down by the first tackler and kept his legs churning to pick-up additional yardage. In the first quarter, Brady hit Lewis on an option route--and Lewis turned the reception into a 15-yard touchdown. On the scoring play, Lewis, who was sitting in the flat as Brady's second option, made the first defender miss before accelerating and corkscrewing into the end zone. As the game progressed, Lewis was fed and picked up tough yards between the tackles. Mike Gillislee was inactive and James White only had five carries, so Lewis appears to have a strangle-hold on this backfield.
2017 Week 12 vs MIA (15 / 112 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Lewis was in top form against the Dolphins. His burst looked like one of a fresh back in Week 1 and the Dolphins rarely got a hand on him until he was in the second level of their defense. Lewis broke multiple tackles and almost always got yards after contact on his carries. He was the driving force for two scoring drives and got multiple goal to go carries, but couldn't get in the end zone despite strong running and creativity. Lewis had a brilliant spin move on a goal to go carry and a face mask by Ndamukong Suh on another red zone carry wasn't called. By the fourth quarter, Lewis was breaking into the open field on multiple touches. He is surging heading into December.
2017 Week 13 vs BUF (15 / 92 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis helped pave the way for the offense along with Rex Burkhead, as the running game and defense led the way against the Bills. Lewis routinely ripped off positive gains, including a few chunk plays. His biggest play of the day was a 44 yard scamper up the gut, which he cut to the sideline and shed a couple tacklers. He then danced his way up the sideline, displaying tremendous balance as he continued to gain yards. Lewis also had a 15 yard gain to the one yard line, but Rex Burkhead nabbed the touchdown. Lewis has been a key cog in the run game over the past month, and should continue to be so.
2017 Week 14 vs MIA (5 / 17 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)
The entire Patriots offense was unable to get anything going against the Dolphins, the running game included. In fact, with the way the game unfolded, it was the Patriots who had to abandon the running game in the second half. As a result, Dion Lewis wasn't used much on the ground, though he was utilized heavily in the passing game. His best play was a one handed snare of a lob pass from Tom Brady, but other than that, there weren't many standout plays on offense.
2017 Week 15 vs PIT (13 / 67 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
With Rex Burkhead injured for much of the game, Lewis became the de facto primary running back, and played relatively well. Lewis was able to pick up several intermediate chunk gains, including his 8 yard touchdown run. The offensive line did seem to run block better than they pass blocked, which certainly helped things out. Expect Lewis to see plenty of work we the season closes out.
2017 Week 16 vs BUF (24 / 129 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 24 / 1 rec)
Dion Lewis got the start for the New England Patriots and was a focal point from the outset. Lewis did not find success early, but the cumulative effect of his touches paid off late in the game when Lewis gashed Buffalo for multiple chunk runs. Lewis ran on the interior and found success on the left side of the formation late in the game. Lewis scored a receiving touchdown on a well-run screen pass in the fourth quarter and later added a score on the ground. Lewis was shifty and committed in the running game, and his elusiveness paid off against a worn-down Buffalo defense. Lewis was the clear lead back with Rex Burkhead inactive. Mike Gillislee did get the opportunity for a goal line carry that he converted, but Lewis capitalized on his other red zone usage.
2017 Week 17 vs NYJ (26 / 93 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 40 / 1 rec)
Dion Lewis was dynamic. Functioning as the team's Žbellcow', Lewis was deployed as a runner and as a receiver. As a runner, Lewis ran with toughness between the tackles and with speed on the edges. In the first quarter, Lewis scored the game's first touchdown on a stretch play. Lewis was hit before breaking the plane, but a strong second effort capped off a 9-yard scoring run. In the second quarter, Lewis scored his second touchdown. Brady waited for Lewis to streak across the line of scrimmage before hitting him in stride and allowing him to use his speed to beat a defender to the pylon. Going into the playoffs, Lewis is arguably New England's best playmaker and should be featured early and often.
2017 Week 19 vs TEN (15 / 62 / 0 rush, 10 / 9 / 79 / 0 rec)
If there is anyone who has helped lead the offensive charge for the Pats as of late, it's Dion Lewis. He touched the ball 24 times, and has been perhaps the critical player over the last month or so. Lewis ran the ball well, and completely overwhelmed the Titans backers in the passing game with a whopping 9 catches. He got open at will, and was able to convert several key catches. Looking like one of the more explosive players on the field when he gets the ball, Lewis will once again be a focal point against the Jaguars despite getting his touchdowns 'vultured'.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
2012 Week 12 vs CAR (5 / 24 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis spelled Bryce Brown and looked good on a couple of runs, notably a weakside counter play; in general, the Eagles blocking was good in the ground game, and this helped Lewis and Brown tremendously.
2012 Week 14 vs TB (1 / -4 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 28 / 0 rec)
Lewis saw snaps as the backup running back and was the preference for Philadelphia when they were in clear catch-up mode later in the second half. Lewis made a big play in the final minute of the first half, following his blocks well on a screen pass. Lewis also had a big play on special teams. He had a big kickoff return to shift momentum right after Tampa Bay scored a touchdown in the second half. In the fourth quarter, Lewis was targeted on a two-point conversion attempt as Philadelphia got back in the game. The throw was low and not a viable opportunity for Lewis.
2012 Week 16 vs WAS (1 / 17 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The undersized halfback had but one carry against the Redskins, but he did damage nonetheless. With Philadelphia driving into the Washington red zone, Lewis took a fourth-quarter handoff from Nick Foles seventeen yards to the house, to trim the Eagles' deficit to seven. Lewis' compact size and live wire quickness allowed him to slip through the stout Washington defense relatively untouched.
2011 Week 5 vs BUF (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Lewis was not involved on offense in the game but did return 3 kickoffs for an average of nearly 21 yards.
2011 Week 6 vs WAS (2 / 10 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It looks like there's a new backup running back in Philly as it was Lewis and not Ronnie Brown who came into the game when McCoy needed a break. Lewis showed good burst in hitting the hole, and looked more comfortable than his Redskins' rookie counterpart Roy Helu. His first carry was originally called a TD before review and it was an inspired twisting, driving 7 yard carry. It was easy to see why Andy Reid wants to get this rookie a few more touches.
2011 Week 11 vs NYG (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Lewis was limited to one carry and some work on special teams, but even his opportunities on special teams were limited by the touchback.
2011 Week 13 vs SEA (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Relegated to only kick returns and looked pretty average at accomplishing that. Looks as if Ronnie Brown is ahead of Lewis in the pecking order. Maybe expect to see little more of Lewis in the coming weeks due to McCoy being banged up and the Eagles disappointing season.
2011 Week 15 vs NYJ (2 / 10 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Lewis got a few carries to spell McCoy but otherwise was just relegated to return and special teams duties.
2011 Week 17 vs WAS (12 / 58 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Dion Lewis was given the bulk of the carries instead of RB Brown and the rookie was able to show some flashes of his potential. Lewis has a similar running style and pedigree to teammate RB McCoy and he did his best impersonation on Sunday. Lewis is a smaller back that is slower and less powerful than McCoy but can still get the job done as not many players are as special as McCoy. Lewis was given the ball in many ways: inside runs, outside runs but was curiously not a part of the screen passing game where he would most likely be dangerous in. Lewis was contained for the most part as the Redskins penetrated the Eagle offensive line often and never let Lewis get into a rhythm on the ground. Lewis did however score a touchdown on an impressive run that was aided by some strange defense. Lewis got a carry inside the redzone and cut back to the right where he was wide open as the defense had committed elsewhere and he walked into the endzone for the very-easy-looking score. He proved he is more capable than Brown as a backup and could develop nicely into a similar role that McCoy plays for the Eagles.