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Dion Lewis | Running Back | #33

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/27/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 195
College: Pittsburgh
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 5 (149) / PHI
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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

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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

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss expects the Patriots to hold onto Dion Lewis, but in a lesser role.

The Patriots' backfield is well stocked following the additions of Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee. Reiss expects the Pats to "carefully manage" injury-riddled Lewis this season, limiting him to 15-20 snaps per game. Reiss did note that Lewis hit the line of scrimmage with "noticeable burst" at Thursday's OTA practice. Lewis is also expected to return kickoffs.
Source: ESPN.com
May 28 - 8:54 AM

Dion Lewis' injury late in the Patriots' Super Bowl LI win was a hamstring issue.

Lewis got snipered at the end of regulation, though watching live, it seemed like it could have been severe. Lewis says he should be back 100 percent in two weeks. Lewis has a long and winding injury history, but will be ready for the offseason program. Lewis' standing as the Patriots' preferred passing-down back diminished late in the season, and especially in the playoffs.
Feb 6 - 3:12 PM

Dion Lewis rushed six times for 27 yards and caught 1-of-3 targets for two yards in the Patriots' Super Bowl 51 win over the Falcons.

Lewis appeared to reemerge as New England's feature back in the Divisional Round against the Texans, but he fumbled twice in that game -- losing one -- and his role was scaled back in the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl. Still only 26 years old, Lewis is under contract for just $1.2 million in 2017. He will be back to compete for snaps in the Patriots' backfield committee.
Feb 5 - 11:05 PM

The Patriots are 16-0 when Dion Lewis is active over the past two seasons.

That includes 2-0 this postseason. The stat, of course, is more interesting than anything else, but a reminder of the extra element Lewis provides to the Pats' offense. Few NFL backs are as shifty. The Pats' Super Bowl LI game plan is difficult to predict, but Lewis is arguably coach Bill Belichick's biggest matchup nightmare with Rob Gronkowski sidelined.
Jan 31 - 5:01 PM

Dion Lewis tallied 11 yards on six carries while securing both of his targets for eight yards Sunday in the Patriots' AFC Championship Game win over the Steelers.

Lewis emerged as New England’s clear lead back last week but played fewer snaps than both LeGarrette Blount and James White Sunday against Pittsburgh. New England’s run game was nonexistent until the second half and at that point the Patriots mostly leaned on Blount to kill clock. No team is more game-plan-dependent than the shape-shifter Patriots. We’ll see what they cook up against Atlanta in Super Bowl LI.
Jan 22 - 10:23 PM

Dion Lewis rushed 13 times for 41 yards and a touchdown, caught 2-of-7 targets for 23 yards and a touchdown, and returned a kickoff 98 yards for a third score as the Patriots downed the Texans 34-16 in Saturday's Divisional Round game.

The focal point of New England’s game plan, Lewis logged feature back usage while LeGarrette Blount was mostly limited to clock-killing work. Lewis capped the Patriots’ second drive with a 13-yard touchdown catch, easily beating Texans ILB Bernardrick McKinney in coverage. Lewis house called a 98-yard kick return on New England’s very next possession, and scored on a fourth-quarter goal-line carry, staying in over Blount because the Pats were in a hurry-up look. Lewis did fumble twice, once on a kick return that resulted in a Texans touchdown and again in the fourth quarter, though it was luckily recovered by the Pats. Still, this was the kind of dynamic performance we’ve long awaited from all-purpose playmaker Lewis. Expect Lewis to remain New England’s feature back in the AFC Championship Game.
Jan 14 - 11:27 PM

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe "would count on" Dion Lewis leading the Patriots' backfield Saturday against the Texans.

The tweet was in response to another by MassLive's Kevin Duffy, who noted Lewis has just one fewer touch than LeGarrette Blount in the last three games. With the Patriots entering as big favorites, Saturday's game sets up for Blount to see a ton of touches in the second half, but it would not be surprising in the least if Lewis plays a key role in establishing a big lead early. Lewis is a great DFS value this week, especially at full-PPR sites.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: There’s been plenty of speculation that New England’s plan has been to save Lewis for the playoffs. They’ve increased his touch count from 7.8 per game in his first four to 16.7 over the final three. He’s already cut into Blount’s carries and may finally take over receiving work from James White. He’s had nine red zone touches in the past two games and has a legitimate shot to score today.
Jan 14 - 1:02 PM

Dion Lewis rushed 11 times for 48 yards and caught 2-of-2 targets for four yards in the Patriots' Week 17 win over the Dolphins.

His touch count (13) dwarfed James White's (6), but White drew four targets to Lewis' two and has consistently been more involved in the Patriots' passing game than Lewis has. Lewis is essentially a change-of-pace runner behind LeGarrette Blount's lead back. Lewis will still be worth punt consideration in NFL playoff DFS when the Patriots get started in the Divisional Round.
Jan 1 - 5:48 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
RB1Mike Gillislee
2James White
3Dion Lewis
4Rex Burkhead
5Brandon Bolden
GLB1Mike Gillislee
2Rex Burkhead
3RB1James White
2Dion Lewis
FB1James Develin
WR11Brandin Cooks
2Danny Amendola
3Matthew Slater
WR21Chris Hogan
2Phillip Dorsett
3Malcolm Mitchell
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Dwayne Allen
3Jacob Hollister
LT1Nate Solder
2LaAdrian Waddle
LG1Joe Thuney
C1David Andrews
RG1Shaq Mason
RT1Marcus Cannon
2Cameron Fleming
3Cole Croston
K1Stephen Gostkowski