It took three seasons for Dion Lewis to develop from Bill Belichick’s latest redemption project and into the Patriots’ most important running back. That hard work — and New England’s 32-4 record with him in the lineup — paid off in the form of a four-year deal with the Tennessee Titans, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
The deal is an affirmation of Lewis’s talent and newfound resilience. The 5’8 tailback was part of a solid lineage of NFL-bound tailbacks at the University of Pittsburgh, but struggled to make an impact after being selected in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He failed to crack the Eagles’ starting lineup in his first two seasons as a pro before being traded to the Browns in 2013. A broken leg kept him from the field that season, and he’d be cut by both Cleveland and Indianapolis before signing a future/reserve contract with the Patriots.
That low-risk gamble paid off. Though injuries limited him to just 14 regular season games in his first two seasons in Foxborough, Lewis’s impact as a dynamic threat out of the backfield helped keep New England atop the NFL hierarchy. He played his first 16-game season in 2017, setting career highs in rushing yards (896) and total touchdowns
Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/2018/3/13/17085916/dion-lewis-signing-free-agency-2018-titans-running-back
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