RB Dion Lewis - Tennessee Titans
|5-7, 193||Born: 9-27-1990||College: Pittsburgh||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2011|
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Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Dion Lewis's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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