Lewis rushed for 42 yards on 14 carries and added a one-yard catch during Sunday's 20-17 win over the Texans. The Titans went run-heavy after taking an early two-score lead. That, and Houston's awareness of that strategy, might explain why the Titans struggled to get much per carry. Lewis should be given the benefit of the doubt after picking up 110 total yards in a more balanced attack in Week 1. What might be more interesting is whether Lewis can take a bigger share of the carries from Derrick Henry in the weeks ahead, with the latter averaging just 2.9 yards per carry through two weeks.
Lewis rushed 16 times for 75 yards and a touchdown while catching five of eight targets for another 35 yards in Sunday's season-opening, 27-20 loss to the Dolphins. Lewis significantly outplayed Derrick Henry, who managed just 26 yards on 10 carries and one catch for five yards. Most notably, it was Lewis who got the call from four yards out on Tennessee's lone offensive touchdown. Starting quarterback Marcus Mariota left this one with an elbow injury, and the Titans will likely lean heavily on the running game should he miss extended time.
Lewis rushed once for one yard and secured both of his targets for 26 yards in the Titans' 30-14 preseason loss to the Buccaneers on Saturday. He also fumbled once, but it was recovered by the Titans. While his production in the running game was negligible, Lewis made up for it through the air. The veteran didn't have any catches in last week's preseason opener, but he did rush twice for eight yards. Lewis' role as a complement to starter Derrick Henry and as a pass-catching threat out of the backfield appears set heading into the regular season, providing him with particular appeal in PPR formats. He'll look to continue gearing up for the regular season in next Saturday night's "dress rehearsal" game against the Steelers.
Lewis appears unlikely to re-sign with the Patriots this offseason, Michael Giardi of NBC Sports Boston reports. Lewis was reportedly frustrated with his usage early last season and again during the Patriots' Super Bowl loss to the Eagles, but he did enjoy a busy and productive stretch from Weeks 6 to 16, averaging 14.6 carries for 72.5 yards with eight total touchdowns in 11 games. Prior to the playoffs, Lewis didn't get much work in the passing game, an area where he shined back in 2015, notching 36 catches in seven games. Coming off the first 16-game season of his career, the 2011 fifth-round pick is widely viewed as the top free agent at his position, with his lack of a big contract in the past suggesting he'll likely go to the highest bidder. New England still has James White and Mike Gillislee under contract, though the latter could end up as a cap casualty.
Lewis carried nine times for 39 yards in Sunday's 41-33 loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII. Lewis logged 21 (of a possible 76) snaps on offense Sunday, while sharing backfield duties with James White (45 snaps) and Rex Burkhead (nine snaps). During the regular season, Lewis carried a team-high 180 times for 896 yards and six TDs, while also catching 32 passes for 216 yards and another three scores in the air. The 27-year-old is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and while we'd expect that the Patriots would like to keep their leading rusher around, that will only happen on their own terms financially. Lewis' 5.0 yards per carry were indicative of his effective running in 2017, but at five-foot-8 and 195 pounds, durability has been an issue throughout his career.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/21||@Los Angeles Chargers||23||18.00|
|10||11/11||New England Patriots||20||17.00|
|13||12/02||New York Jets||6||11.00|
|15||12/16||@New York Giants||19||16.00|
|3 Year Avg||98||471||3||28||232||2||100|