Do you know who Dion Lewis is? Even if you do, I doubt you know much about him. Some may call him a journeyman, others may say he’s a reliable pass catcher. I just like to think of him as a guy who gets things done. He’ll do what you need him to do, and he’ll be good at it. Dion Lewis isn’t the biggest running back in the world, coming in at 5 ft 8 and 195 pounds. Lewis has been on 5 different NFL rosters, most notably the New England Patriots from 2015-2017. Lewis had a heck of a journey to get here and he has earned the respect of many.
Dion John Lewis was a 5th round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Drafted by the Eagles 149th overall, Lewis was the 19th running back picked that year. Lewis never got much chance to prove himself during his time in Philadelphia. In 2011 he spent time as a kick returner and was the third-string running back behind LeSean McCoy and Ronnie Brown. Things didn’t change much in 2012, as Lewis was once again third-string and didn’t even record a rush attempt until week 12.
Lewis was traded to the Cleveland Browns on April 11, 2013. The Eagles acquired Emmanual Acho in return for Lewis. Lewis missed the entire 2013 season with a fractured fibula and was ultimately released in August 2014. Following his departure from the Browns, Lewis signed a deal with the Indianapolis Colts. Unfortunately, Lewis was cut just 7 days after he signed and did not play again for the remainder of the season.
After not playing in nearly 2 full years, Lewis signed a future contract with the New England Patriots in 2015. Luckily for Lewis, LeGarrette Blount was suspended to start the season. This resulted in Dion getting the nod as the starter. Lewis had 120 yards from scrimmage and managed to keep a role with the team even after Blount returned to the lineup. After just three games, Lewis signed a two-year extension keeping him in Foxborough through the 2017 season.
Lewis’s 2016 season didn’t start off the way he hoped, as he required a knee surgery that placed him on the Reserve/PUP list. (Physically Unable to Perform) Most noteworthy Lewis was a significant factor in the playoff game against the Houston Texans when he returned later that season. Lewis became the first player to score a touchdown on a run, catch and return in the same postseason game.
In 2017, Lewis started to show people what he is. What I love about Lewis is that he seems to approach every play with a “prove it” attitude. He wants to make sure that with every play he shows you he belongs on the same field as you. That attitude is something that you can’t teach, therefore it’s special to watch. In 2017, Lewis had 180 carries for 896 yards and 6 touchdowns. On the receiving end, he had 32 receptions for 214 yards and 3 touchdowns. Heck of a year for a role player, huh?
This offseason, Lewis signed a 4 year 19.8 million dollar contract to create a two-headed monster backfield. Lewis will be a regular pass catcher out of the backfield. Registering a career high in receptions this year (37) wouldn’t be surprising. Beyond catching the ball, Lewis will be a great asset in the backfield to mix with Derrick Henry. Behind one of the leagues best offensive lines, the sky is the limit for Dion Lewis this year. I’m excited, and you should be too.