Dion Lewis has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the New England Patriots that will keep him with the team through the 2017 season, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Lewis has emerged as Shane Vereen's replacement as the Patriots' top pass-catching back, with his strong effort out of the gate leading to the team giving him some added job security. Through three games, Lewis has recorded 30 carries for 146 yards, to go along with 15 catches for 179 yards, en route to scoring two touchdowns. While the bruising LeGarrette Blount is a candidate to handle a good chunk of the heavy lifting in the Patriots' backfield moving forward, Lewis also figures to retain of portion of the team's carries, while looking like a solid play in PPR formats thanks to his involvement in the team's passing game.
Per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, Lewis was on the field for 28 of 36 first-half snaps before bruising back LeGarrette Blount began to do the heavy lifting as the game rolled along.
The Patriots are off in Week 4, but Lewis will be back in action against Dallas in Week 5, looking like a solid play in PPR formats now that he appears entrenched as the team's top pass-catching back.
"They threw in this other dude, but guess what, he's not going to play. They're going to put Blount back there," Ryan said Wednesday, per The Buffalo News.
Lewis started Week 1, totaling 15 carries for 69 yards and four catches for 51 yards. He also had a fumble.
The Bills allowed 64 rushing yards in Week 1 against the Colts.
Lewis made the most of his opportunity on national TV by leading New England with 69 yards on 15 carries and added four receptions for 51 yards, including a long of 19.
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