Lewis was on the field for 23 of 73 snaps on offense in the Patriots' 22-17 win over the Jets on Sunday, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. In the process, Lewis carried six times for 24 yards and caught four passes (on seven targets) for 34 yards. As the Patriots continue to work Lewis back in the mix, power back LeGarrette Blount saw 27 snaps ( and 11 carries for 67 yards), whiles James White caught four passes (on nine targets) on 26 snaps. Looking ahead, Lewis and White figure to share the team's pass-catching/change-of-pace duties, giving both players modest utility in PPR formats, though of the two, it looks like Lewis' ceiling is higher, given that the Patriots seem more inclined to hand him carries than White.
Lewis made his season debut Sunday at San Francisco, rushing five times for 23 yards, while catching three of four targets for 26 yards. Lewis was in the backfield on the Patriots first offensive snap of the game, and caught a nine-yard pass just two players later. Like last year, he looked shifty and quick with the ball in his hands. Meanwhile, James White had six receptions on six targets for 62 yards, including a nine-yard touchdown grab. It remains to be seen how much work Lewis will get in the upcoming weeks, as White has established himself as a solid option out of the backfield for the Patriots. It's a great dilemma for New England, but might not be for fantasy owners. In any event, Lewis will square off against the Jets on the road next week.
Lewis is listed as active for Sunday's game against the 49ers. In his first game action of the season, expect Lewis to be eased into the Patriots' backfield mix, a scenario that shouldn't greatly hamper the Week 11 fantasy upside of power back LeGarrette Blount. In the coming weeks, however, Lewis could pose a threat to James White's grip on the team's change-of-pace duties.
Coach Bill Belichick indicated Lewis's health was not a factor in the running back being made inactive Sunday night against the Seahawks. The Patriots did not have to list Lewis on their Week 10 injury report because he wasn't on the the team's active roster until he was removed from the PUP list Saturday. That said, Belichick suggested Monday that Lewis "wouldn't have been on the injury report" if he had been activated by Friday. The decision to shelve Lewis for Sunday's game was thus motivated by a desire not to rush things with player coming off ACL surgery and a subsequent clean-up procedure. Lewis' next chance to suit up in a game will arrive this coming Sunday against the 49ers. If he is made active for that contest, we'd expect Lewis to be eased back into the team's backfield mix, a scenario that would limit his Week 11 fantasy upside.
If Lewis (knee) -- who was removed from the Patriots' PUP list Saturday -- suits up Sunday night against the Seahawks, ESPN's Mike Reiss suggests that the "most likely scenario is that (Lewis) plays a few series upon his return and gradually builds his workload." Meanwhile, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport indicates that Lewis is not a lock to be in uniform Sunday night and given the Patriots' late kickoff, the running back is a risky Week 10 roll. Either way, expect James White to retain a good portion of the team's pass-catching back duties for the time being.
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