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Dion Lewis

Dion Lewis

Running Back #33
Team: New York Giants
Ht / Wt:5'7" / 193 lb.
College:Pittsburgh
Age:29
Born:September 27, 1990
Drafted:2011 / Rd. 5 (149)
Draft Team:PHI

Dion Lewis: Inks deal with Giants

Lewis agreed to a one-year deal with the Giants on Monday, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Lewis was one of the top running backs available on the market at this stage of free agency and will now head to a spot where he could potentially be the No.2 running back. Saquon Barkley is the unquestioned starter who can play all three downs, but Lewis' pass-catching ability should get him some work in obvious passing situations. His main competition will be Wayne Gallman and Jon Hilliman once he reports to the Giants.

March 23, 2020 1:52 PM EST

Dion Lewis: Cut by Tennessee

The Titans informed Lewis of his release Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Lewis made it through two seasons of a four-year, $19.8 million contract, mostly serving as a passing-down complement to Derrick Henry. The 29-year-old scatback never came close to matching his production from a breakout 2017 campaign with New England, averaging 3.5 yards per carry and 6.7 per catch in 32 regular-season games for Tennessee. It's possible Lewis' departure opens up more receiving work for Henry, who technically is scheduled to become a free agent but likely will receive a franchise tag or extension before the new league year opens.

March 12, 2020 9:31 AM EST

Dion Lewis: Suffers from shrinking role

Lewis carried the ball 54 times for 209 yards in the 2019 season. He added 25 receptions for 164 yards and a touchdown.

Analysis: Lewis saw his total touches drop from 214 in his first season with the Titans to 79 in 2019. As a result, his total yards from scrimmage dipped from 917 to 373 as Derrick Henry took over as the driving force of the offense. Though Lewis originally signed a four-year contract with the team that will expire after the 2021 season, the terms of his deal allow him to be cut and cost the Titans just $1.1 million in dead cap space. As a result, it's possible that Lewis will be searching for a new team this offseason, though he will likely remain a depth option wherever he lands.

January 25, 2020 10:24 AM EST

Dion Lewis: Cleared to play Saturday

Lewis (shoulder) doesn't carry an injury designation for Saturday's playoff game against the Ravens after practicing fully Thursday, Erik Bacharach of The Tennessean reports.

Analysis: Lewis is thus cleared to handle his usual complementary/change-of-pace duties behind Derrick Henry on Saturday, but that's not a role that figures to carry much volume as long as Henry -- who logged 34 carries in the Titans' wild-card win over the Patriots -- remains healthy enough to serve as the team's lead back.

January 9, 2020 12:38 PM EST

Dion Lewis: Limited by shoulder injury

Lewis (shoulder) was limited at practice Wednesday, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: It's possible that Lewis may end up being listed as questionable for Saturday's playoff game against the Ravens, though we expect him to be available this weekend. In any case, Lewis isn't likely to see heavy volume in the Tennessee offense as long as Derrick Henry (who logged 34 carries in the team's wild-card win over the Patriots) is healthy enough to play.

January 8, 2020 1:05 PM EST

Dion Lewis: Tending to shoulder injury

Lewis was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice due to a shoulder injury.

Analysis: With Tennessee leaning heavily on lead back Derrick Henry in a 20-13 win over the Patriots last weekend, Lewis played just 18 percent of the Titans' offensive snaps and gained eight yards on two carries while adding an eight-yard reception. The veteran scatback apparently got banged up somewhere along the way, but his ability to take the field in a limited fashion to begin the week suggests he's not in much real danger of missing Saturday's divisional-round matchup with the Ravens. If the Titans find themselves trailing by more than one possession for the majority of the contest, Lewis could take on a more pronounced role due to his prowess in the passing game.

January 7, 2020 1:11 PM EST

Dion Lewis: Quiet to conclude regular season

Lewis carried the ball once for seven yards in the team's Week 17 victory over Houston.

Analysis: Lewis was on the field for only 11 snaps, and remained mostly uninvolved in the offense. After posting 917 total yards in his first year with the Titans, Lewis failed to gain any traction in 2019 and managed only 373 yards from scrimmage. While he signed a four-year deal to join Tennessee, the team has an out at the conclusion of the season that would result in only $1.1 million in dead cap. Given his minimal role, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the team opt to dump Lewis to avoid a $10.5 million hit for the remaining two years of his contract. Before his future is clarified, however, Lewis will try to help the Titans make a deep playoff push, beginning with a first-round matchup against New England.

December 30, 2019 10:52 AM EST

Dion Lewis: Leads backfield with 15 carries

Lewis carried the ball 15 times for 68 yards in the team's Week 16 loss to the Saints. He also added one reception for 19 yards.

Analysis: Lewis logged 15 of the team's 26 rush attempts in the absence of Derrick Henry (hamstring), his biggest workload of the season. Though maligned for untimely fumbles and inefficient running for the majority of the season, Lewis played a vital role for the Titans' offense, averaging an efficient 4.5 yards per carry. However, his longest gain of the day came through the air on the team's first drive, when he caught a short pass on the left side of the field before turning upfield for a gain of 19 yards. Henry is expected to return for Week 17 against the Texans, likely relegating Lewis to only a peripheral role in the offense once again.

December 22, 2019 2:51 PM EST

Dion Lewis: Opportunity knocks with Henry out

Lewis is in line for added work Sunday against the Saints, with Derrick Henry (hamstring) inactive for the contest, John Glennon of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Khari Blasingame and the recently-promoted Dalyn Dawkins are on hand to work in complementary roles, but Lewis should head the team's running attack Sunday, which makes him a decent Week 16 plug in for those scrambling for running back help or looking for a low-cost DFS lineup option.

December 22, 2019 8:55 AM EST

Dion Lewis: Likely to replace Henry in Week 16

Lewis is expected to act as the Titans' feature back in Sunday's game against the Saints with Derrick Henry (hamstring) expected to be inactive for the contest, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Henry has managed the hamstring issue for the past few weeks and hasn't seen his performance or his workload suffer because of it, but the NFL's second-leading rusher apparently experienced a setback with the injury coming out of his full participation in practice Friday. After Henry initially entered the matchup without an injury designation, the Titans downgraded him to questionable Saturday and called up running back Dalyn Dawkins from the practice squad, foreshadowing a likely absence for the former. Dawkins and rookie Khari Blasingame could have minor roles in the Titans' game plan, but with neither of those backs having logged many meaningful NFL snaps, expect the playoff-contending Titans to rely heavily on Lewis, who should be in line for his most substantial workload of the season. While regularly playing second fiddle to Henry in each of the Titans' previous 14 contests, Lewis has only topped 50 total yards on one occasion in 2019.

December 22, 2019 5:21 AM EST

Dion Lewis: Ready for Week 16

Lewis (ankle) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's contest against the Saints, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Titans tacked Lewis onto the injury report Thursday as a limited participant due to an ankle issue. He proceeded to wrap up the week with a full showing, but despite his availability, he's a distant second to Derrick Henry (hamstring) out of this backfield.

December 20, 2019 12:12 PM EST

Dion Lewis: Added to injury report

Lewis (ankle) was limited at practice Thursday, Erik Bacharach of The Tennessean reports.

Analysis: Lewis practiced fully Wednesday, so there's a chance he tweaked his ankle during Thursday's session. His fantasy utility is limited, however, so long as Derrick Henry (hamstring) -- who sat out Thursday's practice -- is able to play. We'll circle back on the duo's status Friday, once the Titans release their final Week 16 injury report in advance of Sunday's game against the Saints.

December 19, 2019 1:29 PM EST

Dion Lewis: Makes most of lone reception

Lewis carried the ball three times for 10 yards in the Titans' Week 15 loss to the Texans. He also added one reception for 11 yards and a touchdown.

Analysis: Lewis scored a key touchdown with 2:04 left in the game, bringing the Titans' to within three points of the lead. He once again played sparingly, though he did manage to find the field as the team played in pass-heavy formations while attempting to mount a comeback. Still, Lewis remains only a handcuff to Derrick Henry, who earned 21 touches in comparison to Lewis' four.

December 15, 2019 10:40 PM EST

Dion Lewis: Works garbage time

Lewis carried the ball nine times for 26 yards in the team's Week 14 win over the Raiders. He also added one reception for five yards.

Analysis: Lewis managed nearly all of his production in garbage time, as he had only two rushes for 10 yards through 50 minutes of action. Notably, Lewis also lost work in the passing game to Khari Blasingame, who had receptions of 24 and 23 yards earlier in the contest. Lewis has clearly fallen out of favor in Tennessee, and it's no longer clear he is the handcuff to Derrick Henry.

December 8, 2019 9:27 PM EST

Dion Lewis: Role shrinks again

Lewis did not record a carry but did haul in his lone target for nine yards in the team's Week 13 win over the Colts.

Analysis: After recording his highest carry total of the season in Week 12, Lewis failed to find traction in the team's offensive gameplan. He was on the field for just 11 snaps, further solidifying his lack of involvement. At this point, it's clear that Lewis is nothing more than a handcuff for Derrick Henry.

December 2, 2019 5:34 PM EST

Dion Lewis: Six total touches in Week 12 win

Lewis carried the ball five times for 21 yards in the team's Week 12 win over the Jaguars. He also added one reception for 24 yards.

Analysis: After not getting a touch in the team's Week 10 win over the Chiefs, Lewis got involved immediately by recording his lone reception in the team's first possession of the game. That was his most notable contribution, though he did occasionally spell Derrick Henry to record his highest carry total of the season. Lewis will look to remain involved in the team's Week 13 matchup against the Colts.

November 25, 2019 7:11 AM EST

Dion Lewis: Finally involved through air

Lewis carried the ball just once for negative one yard in Week 6 against Denver. However, he did haul in all three of his targets for 20 yards.

Analysis: Lewis once again failed to make any impact on the ground, but finally displayed the receiving prowess of seasons past. None of his three catches were particularly explosive, though he did convert a first down with one of his receptions late in the fourth quarter as the Titans' attempted to rally. While the slight uptick in involvement is promising, Lewis will still have to fight for a limited number of targets with the likes of Corey Davis, A.J. Brown and Adam Humphries among others in the team's receiving corps.

October 13, 2019 8:44 PM EST

Dion Lewis: Remains uninvolved

Lewis rushed the ball two times for 11 yards in Week 5 against the Bills. He also added two receptions on four targets for 19 yards.

Analysis: Lewis continues to have little involvement in the Titans' offensive gameplan. He's now accumulated four or fewer touches in three of five contests this season, never surpassing eight rushes and receptions combined in a single game. As a result, Lewis is only a handcuff to Derrick Henry at this point in the campaign.

October 7, 2019 2:45 PM EST

Dion Lewis: Earns eight touches

Lewis carried the ball four times for 16 yards in Week 4 against Atlanta. He also added four receptions for four yards.

Analysis: Lewis tallied a season-best eight touches in the game, but managed only 20 total yards. Notably, three of his four receptions went for negative yards, negated only by an 11 yard reception late in the fourth quarter. In contrast to the 2018 season, Derrick Henry is the clear lead back, making Lewis only a handcuff option.

September 29, 2019 3:48 PM EST

Dion Lewis: Diminished involvement continues

Lewis carried the ball three times for 13 yards in the Titans' Week 3 loss to the Jaguars. He also added one reception on one target for seven yards.

Analysis: Lewis continues to play a minimal role in the team's offense, with Derrick Henry accounting for 17 of the team's 26 rushing attempts in Week 3. More surprisingly, Lewis has yet to make an impact in the team's passing attack, as he's been targeted only six times through three games. There's no sign that he'll get more touches in Week 4 as the team faces Atlanta, meaning his value will likely only increase if Derrick Henry suffers an injury.

September 20, 2019 10:04 AM EST

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