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Dion Lewis

New York Giants
Running Back #33
New York Giants
Running Back #33
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Dion Lewis News

Hanging up the cleats

Lewis has decided to retire from the NFL, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Lewis spent the final three years of his career handling a depth role with both the Titans and Giants, but he will be best remembered for his tenure with the Patriots from 2015-17. He was a member of New England's roster during the Super Bowl LI win over Atlanta, and racked up 1,110 yards from scrimmage and nine total touchdowns for the team in 2017.

Aug 13, 2021 7:43 AM EST


Bit role in 2020

Lewis finished 2020 with only 29 carries and 19 catches.

Analysis: That the 30-year old made little impact even after Saquon Barkley was lost for the year tells you what you need to know. He might catch on somewhere in 2021, but the end of the line is probably near.

Jan 11, 2021 10:53 AM EST



Playing time rises

Lewis rushed once for 15 yards in Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Lewis played 24 snaps on offense, his highest number since Week 2, but he still logged just one touch. The veteran running back hasn't recorded more than five touches in a game since September, as Wayne Gallman has been the clear-cut lead back.

Dec 28, 2020 8:36 AM EST


Rings up 18 yards

Lewis rushed once for four yards and caught both targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 20-6 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Lewis started the game with a bang, returning the opening kickoff for 48 yards and setting up a strong opening drive for the Giants. However, he logged just one touch before the fourth quarter, as he was largely left out of the offensive game plan while Wayne Gallman and Alfred Morris combined for 16 carries. With Devonta Freeman (ankle) designated to return from IR as well, Lewis faces long odds to garner meaningful reps in New York's backfield this year.

Dec 21, 2020 10:12 AM EST


Scores team's lone TD of Week 14

Lewis collected 14 yards and a touchdown on two carries, adding four kick-return attempts for 84 yards while losing one fumble during Sunday's 26-7 loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: Though Lewis punched in the Giants' only TD of the contest, his fumble on a second-quarter kickoff return cost New York dearly. Kyler Murray would connect with Dan Arnold for an Arizona TD four plays after the turnover en route to a 13-0 halftime lead. Lewis has taken back 15 of the Giants' 27 kickoff-return attempts in 2020, though with his Week 14 gaffe, Darnay Holmes (knee), Darius Slayton and C.J. Board may garner more serious consideration down the stretch.

Dec 15, 2020 4:35 PM EST



Logs three carries in win

Lewis rushed three times for six yards in Sunday's 17-12 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: New York's running backs accounted for 29 carries, 188 rushing yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win, although most of that work went to Wayne Gallman. Lewis finished with just 12 snaps on offense. He hasn't handled more than five touches in a game since Week 2 against Chicago. Gallman is the only dependable Giants back for fantasy purposes.

Dec 7, 2020 12:28 PM EST


Posts 17 scrimmage yards

Lewis registered 10 rushing yards on two carries, adding a seven-yard reception during Sunday's 19-17 win against Cincinnati. He also registered 25 yards on a pair of kickoff returns.

Analysis: Alfred Morris ranked second in the RB pecking order with four carries behind Wayne Gallman's team high of 24. Lewis at least garnered some work on the ground after going without a carry in two of his three preceding outings entering Sunday. The 30-year-old received a total of 22 offensive snaps against Cincinnati, but he hasn't had more than five offensive touches in a game since Week 2. Lewis will remain a complementary option to Gallman when the Giants head west for a Week 13 matchup against the Seahawks' No. 3 rush defense.

Dec 1, 2020 6:07 PM EST


Two catches, two returns in win

Lewis secured both of his targets for 17 receiving yards, adding two kick returns for 35 yards during Sunday's 27-17 win against Philadelphia.

Analysis: Against the team that drafted him with a fifth-round draft choice in 2011, Lewis took a back seat in the running game as Wayne Gallman (18 carries), Alfred Morris (eight) and Elijhaa Penny (one) split the RB rush attempts. Gallman has handled 12-plus carries each of the past three weeks while racking up 165 rushing yards and four rushing scores. During the same span, Lewis has just three carries for five yards, doing most of his damage as a pass-catcher with six receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown against Tampa Bay, Washington and Philadelphia. Lewis and the Giants now head into a Week 11 bye before facing Cincinnati Nov. 29.

Nov 17, 2020 5:35 PM EST


Musters up 21 total yards

Lewis rushed three times for five yards and caught both targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 23-20 win over Washington.

Analysis: Lewis ceded most of the backfield reps to Wayne Gallman and Alfred Morris, both of whom recorded double-digit touches. He finished with just 17 of 77 offensive snaps (19 percent). Lewis has been able to carve out a role as the team's kick returner, but his backfield duties have diminished and likely will take another hit once Devonta Freeman (ankle) returns to action.

Nov 9, 2020 11:12 AM EST


Contested TD snag on Monday night

Lewis did not garner any rush attempts during Monday's 25-23 loss to the Buccaneers, but he did collect two catches for eight yards, including a seven-yard touchdown catch.

Analysis: Lewis laid out to secure his second score of the 2020 campaign, diving past Devin White to corral the first of two Daniel Jones TD passes on the night. The veteran back has averaged just two carries per appearance this season, though he's supplemented with an additional 2.5 targets per game. On Thursday Night Football, it was Wayne Gallman (12 carries) and Alfred Morris (eight) who consumed the entirety of the Giants' RB workload on the ground.

Nov 3, 2020 5:00 PM EST


Coughs up fumble in TNF loss

Lewis registered 23 rushing yards on three carries, losing one fumble during Thursday's 22-21 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: On his first carry of the night with 53 seconds to go in the first half, Lewis fumbled the ball into the waiting arms of Eagles safety Rodney McLeod. Thankfully for the Giants, Jake Elliott's 29-yard field-goal try was no good on the subsequent drive, lessening the impact of Lewis' first 2020 fumble. His offensive role remains peripheral, as the 30-year-old back has just five combined carries over his past five outings. If Devonta Freeman (ankle) were to unavailable next Monday night against Tampa Bay, Lewis would be in line for his most significant workload since garnering 14 touches during a Week 2 loss to Chicago.

Oct 27, 2020 4:17 PM EST


Catches just one pass

Lewis hauled in his lone target for 10 yards in Sunday's 20-19 win over Washington.

Analysis: Lewis played just nine offensive snaps and didn't receive a carry in Sunday's win. He's been fully pushed out of the rotation by Devonta Freeman, who rushed 18 times for 61 yards and played 73 percent of the team's offense snaps.

Oct 19, 2020 10:57 AM EST


Minor role

Lewis caught two of his four targets for one yards Sunday against the Cowboys.

Analysis: He's backing up Devonta Freeman, mostly seeing work on passing downs. It's a low-ceiling role, and he's a low-ceiling player at this stage.

Oct 13, 2020 8:30 AM EST


Small role in loss

Lewis had only one carry for 10 yards and two catches on three targets for eight yards against the Rams Sunday.

Analysis: Lewis saw 21 total offensive snaps, but ceded most of the touches to Wayne Gallman and Devonta Freeman. Lewis will stay in the mix, but his ceiling is non-existent.

Oct 6, 2020 8:19 AM EST


Modest output in low-end committee

Lewis had just one carry for no yards and caught one of his three targets for 10 yards against the 49ers Sunday.

Analysis: The Giants have arguably the worst running game in the league, and Lewis is sharing snaps/carries/catches with Wayne Gallman and Devonta Freeman. Even if he were to get more run this week in Los Angeles, the ceiling is pretty low.

Sep 29, 2020 2:33 PM EST


Joined by Freeman in backfield

Lewis is facing competition in the backfield from Devonta Freeman, who signed a one-year contract with the Giants on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Lewis finished this past Sunday's loss to the 49ers as the lead running back after Saquon Barkley exited with a torn ACL, but the Giants opted to bring in reinforcements from free agency. Freeman inked a $3 million deal Tuesday and could eventually lead the backfield in touches, although the Giants may utilize a committee approach at first to ease him in.

Sep 22, 2020 5:43 PM EST


Opportunity knocks

Lewis rushed 10 times for 20 yards and a touchdown and caught four of five targets for 36 yards in Sunday's 17-13 loss to the Bears.

Analysis: Starting RB Saquon Barkley went down in the first half, and the Giants fear he may have torn his ACL. That left Lewis as the team's only healthy RB, so he handled a decent workload the rest of the way. While he wasn't very efficient on the ground, Lewis is better known as a pass-catcher, and he excelled in that area Sunday. Moving forward, if Barkley is indeed out for the season, Lewis will be the de facto RB1, although the team may check out the free agent market as well.

Sep 20, 2020 1:53 PM EST


Limited usage in opener

Lewis picked up one yard on his lone rush attempt during Monday's 26-16 loss to Pittsburgh.

Analysis: The Giants could get absolutely nothing going on the ground, as the Steelers' front five contained the G-Men to a putrid 29 team rushing yards on 20 attempts. Saquon Barkley predictably dominated the workload by garnering 21 of 23 running back touches for New York, while Lewis and fellow backup Wayne Gallman scarcely saw the field. Lewis ended up with six offensive snaps in total Week 1, but he will now shift his focus to an upcoming Sunday afternoon matchup against the Bears.

Sep 15, 2020 4:07 PM EST


Likely backup to Saquon Barkley

The Giants signed Lewis in March, and he still projects as the backup on passing downs.

Analysis: Should anything happen to Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman would also likely see work, so there's limited upside for Lewis even as a backup.

Sep 2, 2020 2:23 PM EST


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.

Mar 23, 2020 1:52 PM EST


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