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Dion Lewis 2017 Season Outlook

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Noticed his 2017 threat hasn't been started yet? 

 

Not the highest tiered guy this season with plenty of competition for touches with the collection of RBs New England has amassed this off season, but recently they seemed to commit to him making the roster and giving him a fair share of carries. Should be a frustrating and interesting season to watch the New England RB carousel. 

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This year is going to be very tough for Lewis with White doing so well in the passing game out of the backfield for the Pats during the playoffs and Superbowl run and with Mike G getting signed to basically be a faster version of Blount.  The Pats backfield has been the biggest unknown in fantasy football since Corey Dillion retired... FREAKIN DILLION!!!     

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I don't think you can trust anything that comes out of New England concerning RB's. On top of that and contrary to beat reporters there, I'm fairly certain no one knows how this backfield will shake out.  For that reason, Dion Lewis is a great last round flyer in drafts.  Because...why not?

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I'm surprised Lewis is behind so many others on the depth chart and that there is even talk of him not making the team.  He was so elusive running and catching in 2015 when he was healthy all year.  Even last year he showed he still has video game moves and I've seen him fight through tackles to get into the end zone as well.  James White has emerged to their go to WR RB but I don't think he can make people miss like Lewis.

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18 hours ago, mikeflavaz said:

I don't think you can trust anything that comes out of New England concerning RB's. On top of that and contrary to beat reporters there, I'm fairly certain no one knows how this backfield will shake out.  For that reason, Dion Lewis is a great last round flyer in drafts.  Because...why not?

X2.   Fun stat courtesy of @mrblonde1984: NE has never lost a game that Dion has played in.   

 

It wouldn't make a lot of sense to cut him for nothing- there's a number of teams that would love to have him.  So...  maybe a trade...or maybe he looks awesome in spot duty and gets more work for NE.   Either way if he's healthy he's a stud and has a number of paths to increased value.   I'll take that gamble in the last round all day. 

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2 hours ago, Impreza178 said:

X2.   Fun stat courtesy of @mrblonde1984: NE has never lost a game that Dion has played in.   

 

It wouldn't make a lot of sense to cut him for nothing- there's a number of teams that would love to have him.  So...  maybe a trade...or maybe he looks awesome in spot duty and gets more work for NE.   Either way if he's healthy he's a stud and has a number of paths to increased value.   I'll take that gamble in the last round all day. 

 

The sub back role (Kevin Faulk, Danny Woodhead, Shane Vereen, James White) is arguably the 2nd most important role on the offense behind slot WR (Troy Brown, Wes Welker, Julian Edelman/Amendola). 

 

James White has a firm grip on the sub back role, but after him, the only otjer players that can fill in would be Lewis and Burkhead. Burkhead is going to be a core special teams player and likely spell Gillislee as an in-between-the-tackles runner and a jack of all trades kind of guy. So if White gets hurt and Lewis isn't on the team, you'd have just Burkhead as the primary backup.

 

I've read that NE could use Lewis stricly in hurry up to limit his carries, and while Cyrus Jones continues to muff kicks in practice, Lewis could serve as the team's returner this year too.

 

Last thing I read said Branden Bolden is the most likely to get cut in this RB group.

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Does anyone else try to not read too much into RB reps this time of year? For example, Tim Hightower got 1st team reps for SF the other day. But no one seriously thinks he will start. Jamaal Williams, now Lewis... 

 

I think they just try to get different looks to different guys this early in the year so that if they need to be used in the regular season, they at least have SOME reps with the 1s.

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3 hours ago, Lord_Varys said:

Does anyone else try to not read too much into RB reps this time of year? For example, Tim Hightower got 1st team reps for SF the other day. But no one seriously thinks he will start. Jamaal Williams, now Lewis... 

 

I think they just try to get different looks to different guys this early in the year so that if they need to be used in the regular season, they at least have SOME reps with the 1s.

 

I would agree with this, with the exception being Dion Lewis. lol 

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3 hours ago, NYR Fan 116894 said:

 

They did an intra-squad scrimmage in which Mike G and Burkhead were rehabbing so they didn't participate, very misleading headline.

Edit: Jimmy G and the Blue also struggled against Brady and the White team so it made sense for him to lean on his RB.

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by RotoWire Staff


Lewis (hamstring) rushed seven times for 32 yards and hauled in 4-of-5 targets for 23 more in Thursday's preseason opener against the Jaguars.

Lewis looks to be over the hamstring injury he suffered in the Super Bowl, as coach Bill Belichick had no reason to trot the running back out for this exhibition if he was anything less than 100 percent healthy. The pass-catching specialist averaged a respectable 4.6 yards per carry in this one while serving as a check-down option out of the backfield for quarterback jimmy Garoppolo.

 

 

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I'm putting my NE backfield eggs in the Lewis basket.  Even with this game, he's going to go late in drafts, which means low risk - high reward. 

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An interesting way of looking at this whole situation is the fact that BB has kept him around despite two serious injuries and the production of the backs in front of him. 

 

We have seen BB discard of backs and go through them like nothing but he has held onto Dion Lewis. Worth a late round flier.  

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Lewis and Kamara are two late scoops just to see. Especially those that are having their draft early. 

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Worth a flier but ultimately no value unless White goes down.

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33 minutes ago, Br0kenB said:

Worth a flier but ultimately no value unless White goes down.

 

38 minutes ago, Lamont Sanford said:

Can't help but wonder if NE was showcasing Lewis to prove he's healthy the same way Buffalo was showcasing Watkins. 

 

Lewis is super-talented, and just watching him play when healthy it's easy to see why the Bilicheck snatched him up. But assuming the Patriots keep him (considering Dummy's implication, i.e. demonstration / tradebait), White and Lewis will either 1) eat into each other's touches, or 2) having amazing weeks where one is benched and the other featured. We all have learned there's no predicting the Belichick, not unless your'e also a jedi. With this in mind, the conclusion seems simple: Dion Lewis' best format is BEST BALL, where you don't have to worry about zero-weeks or even health concerns. The little man will have BIG weeks.

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On 8/12/2017 at 11:06 AM, Lamont Sanford said:

Can't help but wonder if NE was showcasing Lewis to prove he's healthy the same way Buffalo was showcasing Watkins. 

I'm thinking the same thing. 

 

Who would be the likely teams? Has to be NFC right? Giants, Rams, Niners, Bears, Bucs? Maybe Broncos in AFC? 

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On 8/19/2017 at 8:44 PM, Tenner said:

I'm thinking the same thing. 

 

Who would be the likely teams? Has to be NFC right? Giants, Rams, Niners, Bears, Bucs? Maybe Broncos in AFC? 

rams, niners, jax, chiefs or chargers? 

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I mentioned this in the Gillislee thread earlier today but the pass catching RB for NE has been incredibly vital to both of their most recent Superbowl wins.. I'm willing to bet NE understands that and is willing to roster several of these types of backs all season due to the fact that it is also a fragile position generally speaking. I obviously could be wrong but I can't see them moving Dion to another team.

 

Also couple the fact that losing Edelman for the year enables them to get more use out of their pass catching backs gives them even more incentive to keep them all around this year. The Pats are fully in "all-in" mode this year and it only makes sense for them to keep extra depth so that an injury doesn't derail what has worked for them so well over the last few seasons. 

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25 minutes ago, MoonBlaster said:

I mentioned this in the Gillislee thread earlier today but the pass catching RB for NE has been incredibly vital to both of their most recent Superbowl wins.. I'm willing to bet NE understands that and is willing to roster several of these types of backs all season due to the fact that it is also a fragile position generally speaking. I obviously could be wrong but I can't see them moving Dion to another team.

 

Also couple the fact that losing Edelman for the year enables them to get more use out of their pass catching backs gives them even more incentive to keep them all around this year. The Pats are fully in "all-in" mode this year and it only makes sense for them to keep extra depth so that an injury doesn't derail what has worked for them so well over the last few seasons. 

The problem with this is that I think both White and Burkhead are ahead of Lewis in terms fo pass catching backs.  Both are better receivers and blockers.

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Right, but Lewis provides value as a KR/PR and can effectively rotate into that 3rd down role several times a game. We're talking about the guy who manned that role for NE in 2015 quite effectively (granted yes he has had a knee injury since then).. the point I was making was that if either White, Burkhead, or Lewis go down they have plenty insurance in place now for a position that has been absolutely vital to their previous Superbowl wins.

 

Who knows? They could very well get rid of him but I just can't see it happening

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Lewis is going to have some big games this season. The difficult part will be guessing which week. Ultimately I think he's a good late round pick who could end up having relatively consistent flex appeal if things break right for him, usage-wise. 

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