Dion Lewis ran for 34 yards on six carries and caught 8-of-11 targets for 59 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-6 win at Dallas. He was on the field for 43 offensive snaps, compared to 17 for LeGarrette Blount, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Lewis was a force throughout, continually making defenders miss, and had perhaps the play of the game on his 10-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter. On the play, Lewis made a one-handed catch, juked a defender, ducked under another, and then powered his way over the goal line. He might have had a short touchdown late in the second quarter, as it looked like he was going to get the ball at the one-yard line after his 13-yard run, but the Cowboys called a timeout. After the pause in action, Lewis was not on the field, and Tom Brady scored on a QB sneak. No matter, it was another productive game for Lewis, who continues to be heavily involved. He and the New England Patriots will take on the Colts in Indianapolis next week.
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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