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Dion Lewis | Running Back

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/27/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 195
College: Pittsburgh
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Patriots signed RB Dion Lewis to a two-year, $4.4 million extension through 2017.
The deal includes a $600,000 signing bonus as well as $2 million in base salary and $1.8 million in possible incentives in 2016 and 2017. Signed to a futures contract last December, Lewis took hold of the starting running back job in New England with a strong training camp and preseason. Lewis has 325 total yards and two touchdowns through three games this season. Oct 8 - 12:16 PM

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Dion Lewis rushed eight times for 37 yards and one touchdown and caught 5-of-5 targets for 30 yards in the Patriots' Week 3 win over the Jaguars.

Lewis got the start for the Patriots and was in on pretty much every play until LeGarrette Blount got his first snap midway through the second quarter. With the Patriots knocking the socks off the Jaguars all day long, the Patriots rotated running backs, with James White even getting significant playing time. Lewis' score came from eight yards out to get the Patriots' first six points on a day they'd score 51. Lewis is still the back to own in New England as the 3-0 Patriots head into their bye week.
Sep 27 - 4:47 PM

MassLive's Kevin Duffy believes Patriots RB Dion Lewis could see more touches than LeGarrette Blount over the remainder of the season.

Lewis has seen 74 percent of the backfield touches through two weeks, which would be the higher than any Patriots' back in the Belichick era. That rate is not going to continue, but Duffy speculates Lewis could see close to 50 percent of the backfield touches moving forward. Projecting usage week to week will be difficult, but Lewis has established himself as an RB3.
Source: MassLive
Sep 24 - 11:45 AM

Patriots RB Dion Lewis played 73-of-86 offensive snaps against the Bills.

The game set up perfectly for Lewis. New England attempted 59 passes to just 15 runs as they spread out the Bills' defense and neutralized their stellar defensive line. As we have seen so many times from the Patriots, running back usage is game-plan dependent, and the game plan next week against the Jaguars is unlikely to be as pass heavy. Lewis has earned starting consideration with his performances through two weeks, but it is always smart to tread lightly in the Patriots' backfield.
Source: ESPN
Sep 21 - 8:12 AM

Dion Lewis gashed the Bills for 40 rushing yards and a touchdown on seven carries to go along with six catches for 98 yards in the Patriots’ Week 2 win.

Bill Belichick trolled fantasy owners again by snubbing LeGarrette Blount and using Lewis as the featured back. New England didn’t run the ball much on Sunday, but when they did, Lewis did a brilliant job breaking tackles and wrestling for extra yards. Aside from his two fumbles, Lewis is doing a better job in the Shane Vereen role than Vereen ever did. New England’s backfield is always a guessing game but Lewis can certainly be employed as a rock-solid RB3 next week against the lowly Jags.
Sep 20 - 5:19 PM

Bills coach Rex Ryan says he won't be game planning for Patriots RB Dion Lewis in Week 2.

"(I) don't think we're gonna focus on that kid," Ryan said. "I can't even tell you that kid's name. But you're gonna focus on the guy throwing the ball, I'll tell you that much." It's bulletin-board material, but it remains to be seen if the Patriots are going to focus on "that kid." LeGarrette Blount is off suspension, and the Pats aren't going to have an easy time throwing on Ryan's defense. Lewis appears locked into Shane Vereen's old role, but is just a FLEX option for Week 2.
Sep 14 - 3:27 PM

Dion Lewis played 46-of-61 snaps in the Patriots' Week 1 win over the Steelers.

With LeGarrette Blount suspended, Brandon Bolden played 14 and James White was in on one play. Lewis got the start and seems ticketed for the Shane Vereen role once Blount returns. It won't be a consistent numbers-producing spot in the Patriots' offense, but gives Lewis some RB2/3 appeal in PPR.
Sep 11 - 9:09 AM

Operating as the Patriots' clear lead back, Dion Lewis rushed 15 times for 69 yards in New England's Week 1 win over the Steelers, adding four catches for an additional 51 yards.

With LeGarrette Blount serving a one-game suspension, Lewis was the Pats' every-down back as they went pass heavy against the Steelers' undermanned defense. Lewis played the "Vereen" role to perfection, though he was pulled at the one-yard line for Brandon Bolden, who failed to execute. Lewis committed a mistake of his own in the third quarter, letting the ball get punched out from behind at the Steelers' one. That's the kind of error that's gotten many Patriots backs benched in the past, but Lewis remained the lead runner for the final frame. It was a nice game, and Lewis is clearly in the lead for third-down duties this season, but Blount's impending return curbs his upside. Lewis should be added in all formats, but he won't be more than a FLEX option against the Bills' elite defense in Week 2.
Sep 11 - 12:02 AM

Calling it a "total hunch," ESPN's Mike Reiss guesses Dion Lewis and James White will lead the Patriots' backfield on Thursday, with Brandon Bolden "mixed in."

We must emphasize, Reiss is not passing this along as fact, just a guess. Although he's the Pats' top beat reporter, Reiss is just as in the dark as everyone else when it comes to Bill Belichick's LeGarrette Blount-less backfield. We'd steer completely clear of the situation in fantasy, but if you have to start someone, Lewis is probably the play. The Pats are unlikely to make much of an effort to establish a between-the-tackles running game against the Steelers.
Sep 10 - 5:43 PM

The Boston Globe's Ben Volin reported RB Dion Lewis will have a "decent role" in the Patriots offense.

A shifty runner with surprising power and toughness, Lewis was easily the most effective of the Patriots' third-down candidates this preseason. He will likely lead the third-down committee to start the season. He is worth an add in PPR formats.
Sep 5 - 3:28 PM

Dion Lewis was held out of the Patriots' preseason finale.

It's a good sign for Lewis' roster chances. Lewis is competing with a cast of characters for the old "Vereen Role" as a passing-down back in New England's offense. A well-traveled former fifth-round pick, Lewis may have the lead on Brandon Bolden, James White, and injured Travaris Cadet.
Sep 3 - 10:15 PM

Patriots RB Dion Lewis rushed three times for 12 yards and caught four passes for 20 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' third preseason game.

Jimmy Garoppolo hit Lewis on a slant in the fourth quarter for a nine-yard touchdown. The diminutive running back was split out wide right on the play, and has lined up in various spots this preseason. Lewis did not get any run until the second half, but he once again made use of his playing time. He now has 80 total yards and two touchdowns in two preseason games.
Aug 29 - 8:42 AM

Patriots RB Dion Lewis played 29 snaps in Saturday night's preseason game against the Saints.

James White saw two more snaps than Lewis, but Lewis saw almost all his work in the first half while White saw just three snaps. "I thought Dion did a good job with his opportunities," coach Bill Belichick said. "He's had a solid spring and camp for us. He missed a few days there [because of injury], but I thought he ran well." The oft-injured Lewis has always had an interesting skill set, and it appears he is a serious candidate for the Pats' third-down job.
Aug 24 - 9:55 AM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss says Dion Lewis "should not be overlooked" in the Patriots' competition for a passing-down back.

Lewis is competing with a lengthy cast of characters for the "Vereen role," including Travaris Cadet and James White, and perhaps Brandon Bolden and Tyler Gaffney. An injury-riddled 2011 fifth-round pick, Lewis has always been an intriguing scatback prospect. We've seen some folks assume this role will go to Cadet, but the battle will be determined in training camp.
Jun 4 - 1:17 PM

Patriots signed RB Dion Lewis and DL Antonio Johnson to reserve/future contracts.

Lewis failed to sign with any teams after getting waived by the Colts in September. He'll fight for one of the Patriots' final roster spots in training camp. Johnson missed all of 2014 with a knee injury.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 07:04:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
RB1LeGarrette Blount
2Dion Lewis
3Brandon Bolden
4James White
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2Brandon Bolden
3RB1Dion Lewis
2James White
WR11Julian Edelman
2Matt Slater
3Keshawn Martin
WR21Danny Amendola
2Aaron Dobson
3Brandon LaFell
WR31Aaron Dobson
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Scott Chandler
3Michael Williams
LT1Nate Solder
2Marcus Cannon
LG1Josh Kline
2Shaq Mason
C1David Andrews
2Ryan Wendell
RG1Tre' Jackson
RT1Sebastian Vollmer
2Michael Williams
K1Stephen Gostkowski