Lewis hasn't made much of an impact on the ground, racking up only 143 yards through four games. However, he has 18 receptions on 21 targets, putting him on pace for a 72-catch season. That's enough to keep him relevant on a weekly basis in point-per-reception leagues, even if he has yet to break off many big gains.
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. Henry is averaging just 2.9 yards per carry through two weeks.
Lewis rushed three times for 11 yards and secured all three of his targets for another 20 yards during Saturday's preseason loss to the Steelers.
Derrick Henry predictably got the first crack at toting the rock, but Lewis finished the day with both more touches and total yards. While Henry's early-down role lends itself to higher touchdown potential, all indications make it seem as if Lewis will nonetheless hold down a significant role within this backfield in 2018 -- especially on passing downs given Lewis' proficiency as a receiver, not to mention Henry's struggles in pass protection.
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.
While he had an argument to be considered the top running back in free agency, Lewis ultimately signed a contract much smaller than Jerick McKinnon's and landed with a team that already has an established power runner in Derrick Henry. The Titans likely plan to deploy a dual-threat backfield with Lewis handling passing downs and mixing in on early downs while Henry serves as the thumper for early downs and near the goal line. The 27-year-old played double-digit games for the first time since 2011 last season, taking 180 carries for 896 yards (5.0 average) and six touchdowns and catching 32 of 36 targets for 214 yards (5.9 per target) and another three scores. He'll have a hard time replicating the rushing and scoring production if Henry stays healthy, but his role as a pass catcher should increase. Lewis displayed his ability in that department back in 2015 when he caught 36 of 50 targets for 388 yards (7.8 YPT) and two scores in only seven games.
|7||10/21/18||@ LAC||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 8|
|9||11/5/18||@ DAL||8:15 pm|
|11||11/18/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/18||@ HOU||8:15 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|2015||New England Patriots||7||6||49||234||4.8||13||2||0||15|
|2016||New England Patriots||7||5||64||283||4.4||15||0||0||14|
|2017||New England Patriots||16||8||180||896||5.0||44||6||7||48|
|2015||New England Patriots||7||6||36||388||10.8||40||2||1||1||16|
|2016||New England Patriots||7||5||17||94||5.5||16||0||0||0||4|
|2017||New England Patriots||16||8||32||214||6.7||20||3||1||0||11|
|2015||New England Patriots||7||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2016||New England Patriots||7||2||35||17.5||23||0||0|
|2017||New England Patriots||16||23||570||24.8||103||1||2|
|2015||New England Patriots||7||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||New England Patriots||7||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||New England Patriots||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2016||New England Patriots||7||1||0||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2017||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|