Coach Mike Vrabel recently referred to Lewis as a "complement" to lead back Derrick Henry, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official website reports. "We're going to have to be able to use Dion and whoever else we have on the roster to complement (Derrick) in different aspects," Vrabel said. "There's things that we can do to continue to let Derrick improve and getting the ball to him." The Titans nearly rode Henry's memorable hot streak to a playoff appearance, ripping off four straight wins in December before a Week 17 loss to Indianapolis ended the dream. Lewis averaged 5.2 carries, 3.8 targets and 35.6 scrimmage yards during that five-game stretch, while Henry piled up 625 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. Lewis still finished second on the Titans in catches (59) and third in scrimmage yards (917), but his mark of 3.3 yards per carry looks particularly ugly in comparison to Henry's 4.9 YPC. With the Heisman winner set to carry the rushing attack and free-agent addition Adam Humphries providing more competition for short targets, Lewis doesn't have an easy path to a third straight season of 200-plus touches. The 28-year-old at least has security in his role as the No. 2 running back, given that $2.5 million of his $4 million base salary for 2019 became guaranteed in mid-March, per overthecap.com.
Lewis did not carry the ball in Sunday's 33-17 loss to the Colts. He did add three catches on four targets for a total of 23 yards. Since getting a season-high 20 carries in Week 10 against New England, Lewis has steadily seen his role in the offense decline. That culminated with him not seeing a single carry in the season finale, and only earning 10 combined rushing attempts across the last three games of the season. His diminishing role coincided with the emergence of Derrick Henry, who has established himself as the workhorse in the team's backfield over the course of the last four contests. On the positive side, Lewis did maintain a role as the pass-catching back, hauling in at least three catches in five of his last six games. After signing a four-year contract with the Titans entering the 2018 season and Derrick Henry still in the fold, Lewis is likely to see the majority of his role as a pass-catching back in 2019.
Lewis rushed 10 times for 13 yards and brought in all five of his targets for 39 yards in the Titans' 30-9 win over the Jaguars on Thursday. Lewis saw backfield mate Derrick Henry explode for 238 rushing yards Thursday, so he was essentially left with a handful of leftover carries and a solid amount of pass-catching work. The veteran back has failed to top 36 rushing yards in four consecutive contests, and he hasn't found paydirt on the ground since the opener. Henry's stellar effort Thursday would seemingly dampen Lewis' even further, but coach Mike Vrabel has been unpredictable in how he's divided the backfield workload this season. Lewis will look to improve his numbers against the Giants in a Week 15 interconference tilt.
Lewis carried the ball six times for a total of 36 yards in Sunday's 26-22 win over the Jets. He also added two receptions for minus-2 yards. Lewis posted a season-high 20 carries in Week 10 against New England but has steadily seen his workload decrease since. That didn't change Sunday, when he saw a total of eight touches -- his lowest mark since the Titans' contest against Baltimore in Week 6. His lack of involvement in the passing game is especially concerning, and he has logged two or fewer receptions in three of his past four contests. Given his dearth of touchdowns, his fantasy floor appears limited at the moment.
Lewis rushed seven times for eight yards and caught all seven of his targets for 33 yards in Monday's 34-17 loss to the Texans. Lewis was stymied on the ground for the second straight week and now has just 32 yards over his last 17 attempts. While Lewis struggled to get going, the Titans leaned more heavily on No. 2 back Derrick Henry, who led the Titans with eight carries. Henry didn't do much better than Lewis, however, gaining just 30 yards while also losing a fumble in the game's waning moments. Lewis keeps his fantasy floor higher than Henry by contributing in the passing game, but his recent poor form as a runner will make it difficult to bet on him delivering a useful line in the Titans' Week 13 meeting with the Jets.
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|7||10/20||Los Angeles Chargers||24||20.00|
|8||10/27||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||21.25|
|10||11/10||Kansas City Chiefs||31||23.78|
|16||12/22||New Orleans Saints||3||12.44|
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