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Dion Lewis | Running Back | #33

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/27/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 195
College: Pittsburgh
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 5 (149) / PHI
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Dion Lewis rushed 10 times for 60 yards and caught all four of his targets for 28 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' Week 11 win over the Raiders.
There may have been a question about the lead back in New England on the opening drive, but a Rex Burkhead fumble pretty much gifted the backfield to Lewis, who capitalized with a good fantasy day. Lewis caught a 15-yard touchdown shortly after Burkhead’s miscue, his first receiving score of the season, and he set a season-high in targets. Already the lead back on early downs, Lewis will be an even better fantasy option if he becomes more involved as a receiver. He will be a borderline RB2 in a good matchup against the Dolphins next week. Nov 19 - 7:46 PM

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Dion Lewis racked up 55 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries while also adding a kick return touchdown Sunday in the Patriots’ Week 10 win over the Broncos.

It was an eventful evening for the sixth-year back. Lewis scored his first touchdown of the night on a 103-yard kickoff return, then found the end zone again with an eight-yard scamper in the third quarter. He was checked for a concussion after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit late in the first quarter but only missed a handful of snaps. Lewis has emerged as the leader of New England’s backfield committee in recent weeks, logging at least 10 carries in each of his last four games. He’ll be an RB3/flex consideration against the Raiders in Week 11.
Nov 13 - 12:26 AM

The Ringer's Mike Lombardi reports the Patriots will not trade Dion Lewis.

Lewis has been the subject of constant trade chatter, but Lombardi says a deal "won't happen." Lombardi, of course, is a longtime Bill Belichick confidante. The Boston Globe's Ben Volin chimed in, saying teams interested in trading for one of the Patriots' running backs would have a better shot to acquire Mike Gillislee than Lewis, who has emerged as the team's lead interior runner.
Oct 30 - 3:35 PM

Dion Lewis rushed 16 times for 44 yards while catching two passes for 10 yards in Sunday's Week 8 win over the Chargers.

Lewis didn't find much room on the ground but has established himself as the clear lead option in the rushing game for the Patriots. His rushing attempts have risen in each of the past five weeks, but he is stuck in a purgatory role for fantasy teams since he's not catching many passes nor getting scoring opportunities. Both James White and Rex Burkhead have an inline to the bulk of the receiving work while Mike Gillislee still came in when the Patriots were inside of the 5-yard line. Lewis will be a weekly flex option when the Patriots return from bye.
Oct 29 - 5:20 PM

Dion Lewis rushed 13 times for 76 yards in Week 7 against the Falcons.

Lewis started and continued to play ahead of Mike Gillislee. He was the preferred option on early downs, leading the backfield with 26 snaps. Lewis is the touch favorite going forward, but the Patriots are shaping up as a true four-man committee. Lewis will be an RB3/FLEX for Week 8 against the Chargers.
Oct 22 - 11:46 PM

Dion Lewis racked up 52 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries Sunday in the Patriots’ Week 6 win over the Jets.

Lewis did most of his damage in the first half, tallying eight carries for 35 yards before halftime. He scored New England’s first touchdown of the afternoon on a one-yard rush with five minutes remaining in the second quarter. Mike Gillislee usually functions as the Patriots’ goal-line back, but he rode the pine for a while after a bad fumble in the first quarter. Even with Gillislee in Bill Belichick’s doghouse, Lewis won’t have much fantasy appeal next week in a rematch of Super Bowl LI against Atlanta.
Oct 15 - 5:55 PM

Dion Lewis rushed seven times for 53 yards in the Patriots' Week 5 win over the Bucs, adding two receptions for 10 additional yards.

Lewis was actually the Pats' leading rusher, though Mike Gillislee received five more carries. Lewis has looked good changing the pace the past two weeks, but Rex Burkhead (ribs) is expected back for Week 6. It's hard to see Lewis carving out fantasy value.
Oct 6 - 12:25 AM

Dion Lewis rushed four times for 18 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' Week 4 loss to the Panthers, adding a nine-yard reception.

Lewis' touchdown was an eight-yard scamper where Tom Brady seemed to realize he would get the edge no matter what. Surprisingly, Lewis had two more carries inside the Panthers' six-yard line, but couldn't convert either. He remains a distant third on the depth chart behind James White and Mike Gillislee.
Oct 1 - 5:35 PM

Boston Herald's Jeff Howe reports multiple teams have reached out to "express interest" in trading for Patriots RB Dion Lewis.

Howe noted these teams have reached out throughout the duration of the offseason and most recently within the last week. While the Patriots aren't actively shopping Lewis, if a team gives them a good offer they have to consider it. Lewis played just six snaps in their Week 1 game, fourth among Patriots running backs.
Sep 9 - 9:22 AM

Dion Lewis rushed four times for 11 yards in the Patriots' third preseason game.

He wasn't targeted in the passing game. Lewis got the start and played all seven snaps on the opening drive that was capped off with a Chris Hogan seven-yard touchdown. Lewis was then mixed and matched with James White and Mike Gillislee the remainder of the first half. Lewis doesn't seem poised to be much of a factor fantasy-wise. He's going undrafted in 12-team leagues.
Aug 25 - 9:12 PM

Dion Lewis rushed seven times for 34 yards and caught 1-of-2 targets for nine yards in the Patriots' second preseason game.

He was the third back in the game behind Rex Burkhead and James White. Burkhead worked as the featured back with New England's first-team offense, while Lewis played with the Jimmy Garoppolo group for the second-straight week. Lewis did show impressive burst and acceleration, and he is a more explosive option than Burkhead. Lewis has just as good a chance at this point as Mike Gillislee (hamstring) to be a Week 1 factor in the Patriots' backfield.
Aug 19 - 10:36 PM

Dion Lewis started and played into the second quarter of New England's preseason opener, rushing seven times for 32 yards.

He added four receptions for 23 yards. Lewis' extensive playing time was a bit surprising considering his injury history. It could be an indication he's fighting for his spot on the 53-man roster, though the Pats are dealing with a number of injuries in the backfield. Either way, Lewis looked good, running with a spring in his step. We'd guess Lewis will remain a Patriot come Week 1. Even in a crowded running back corps, his upside is too great.
Aug 10 - 10:27 PM

Dion Lewis and James White were listed as the Patriots' starting running backs on the latest depth chart.

Rex Burkhead and Brandon Bolden are with the second team, while injured Mike Gillislee was listed with the threes. Depth charts at this time of year mean very little, but it's notable. Lewis' roster spot was brought into question during the spring. He has since solidified his job, with Bolden the least likely of the six to make the club. Burkhead being ahead of Gillislee is also a developing situation.
Aug 9 - 2:00 PM

ESPN's Mike Reiss believes Dion Lewis is a roster lock.

There have been questions about Lewis' roster status after New England added Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee and extended James White's deal through 2020. Reiss thinks Lewis "adds an element of explosiveness and quickness" the other backs cannot bring, however. Lewis is unlikely to play big snaps -- Reiss thinks New England could take a similar approach with Lewis as they do with Danny Amendola to keep him healthy -- but he is likely too valuable and cheap for the Patriots to cut.
Source: ESPN
Jul 13 - 9:41 AM

Kevin Dillon of Mass Live believes Dion Lewis' roster spot could be in danger.

The Patriots certainly made it seem like they are ready to move on from Lewis by signing Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee while extending James White through 2020. Lewis only costs $1.3 million this year, however, and is an electric playmaker when healthy. It is not out of the question New England moves on, especially if he struggles with injuries in camp, but it is more likely Lewis sticks on the roster as a situational weapon. Unfortunately, that role is unlikely to return much fantasy value.
Source: Mass Live
Jul 10 - 9:31 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Brian Hoyer
RB1Dion Lewis
2James White
3Mike Gillislee
4Rex Burkhead
5Brandon Bolden
GLB1Dion Lewis
2Mike Gillislee
3RB1James White
2Rex Burkhead
FB1James Develin
WR11Brandin Cooks
2Danny Amendola
3Matthew Slater
WR21Chris Hogan
2Phillip Dorsett
3Malcolm Mitchell
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Martellus Bennett
3Dwayne Allen
4Jacob Hollister
LT1Nate Solder
2LaAdrian Waddle
LG1Joe Thuney
2Cole Croston
C1David Andrews
RG1Shaq Mason
2Ted Karras
RT1Marcus Cannon
2Cameron Fleming
K1Stephen Gostkowski