Lewis agreed to a one-year deal with the Giants on Monday, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.
Lewis was one of the top running backs available on the market at this stage of free agency and will now head to a spot where he could potentially be the No. 2 running back. Saquon Barkley is the unquestioned starter who can play all three downs, but Lewis' pass-catching ability should get him some work in obvious passing situations. Lewis' main competition will be Wayne Gallman and Jon Hilliman once he reports to the Giants.
The Titans informed Lewis of his release Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Lewis made it through two seasons of a four-year, $19.8 million contract, mostly serving as a passing-down complement to Derrick Henry. The 29-year-old scatback never came close to matching his production from a breakout 2017 campaign with New England, averaging 3.5 yards per carry and 6.7 per catch in 32 regular-season games for Tennessee. It's possible Lewis' departure opens up more receiving work for Henry, who technically is scheduled to become a free agent but likely will receive a franchise tag or extension before the new league year opens.
Lewis carried the ball 54 times for 209 yards in the 2019 season. He added 25 receptions for 164 yards and a touchdown.
Lewis saw his total touches drop from 214 in his first season with the Titans to 79 in 2019. As a result, his total yards from scrimmage dipped from 917 to 373 as Derrick Henry took over as the driving force of the offense. Though Lewis originally signed a four-year contract with the team that will expire after the 2021 season, the terms of his deal allow him to be cut and cost the Titans just $1.1 million in dead cap space. As a result, it's possible that Lewis will be searching for a new team this offseason, though he will likely remain a depth option wherever he lands.
Lewis (shoulder) doesn't carry an injury designation for Saturday's playoff game against the Ravens after practicing fully Thursday, Erik Bacharach of The Tennessean reports.
Lewis is thus cleared to handle his usual complementary/change-of-pace duties behind Derrick Henry on Saturday, but that's not a role that figures to carry much volume as long as Henry -- who logged 34 rushes in the Titans' wild-card win over the Patriots -- remains healthy enough to serve as the team's lead back.
Lewis (shoulder) was limited at practice Wednesday, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.
It's possible that Lewis may end up being listed as questionable for Saturday's playoff game against the Ravens, though expect him to be available this weekend. In any case, Lewis isn't likely to see heavy volume in the Tennessee offense as long as Derrick Henry is healthy enough to play. Henry logged 34 carries in the team's wild-card win over the Patriots, while Lewis earned only three touches across his 11 offensive snaps.
Lewis was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice due to a shoulder injury.
With Tennessee leaning heavily on lead back Derrick Henry in a 20-13 win over the Patriots last weekend, Lewis played just 18 percent of the Titans' offensive snaps and gained eight yards on two carries while adding an eight-yard reception. The veteran scatback apparently got banged up somewhere along the way, but his ability to take the field in a limited fashion to begin the week suggests he's not in much real danger of missing Saturday's divisional-round matchup with the Ravens. If the Titans find themselves trailing by more than one possession for the majority of the contest, Lewis could take on a more pronounced role due to his prowess in the passing game.
Lewis carried the ball once for seven yards in the team's Week 17 victory over Houston.
Lewis was on the field for only 11 snaps and remained mostly uninvolved in the offense. After posting 917 yards from scrimmage in his first year with the Titans, Lewis failed to gain any traction in 2019 and managed only 373. While he signed a four-year deal to join Tennessee, the team has an out at the conclusion of the season that would result in only $1.1 million in dead cap. Given his minimal role, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the team dump Lewis to avoid a $10.5 million hit for the remaining two years of his contract. Before his future is clarified, however, Lewis will try to help the Titans make a deep playoff push, beginning with a first-round matchup against New England.
Lewis carried the ball 15 times for 68 yards in the team's Week 16 loss to the Saints. He also added one reception for 19 yards.
Lewis logged 15 of the team's 26 rush attempts in the absence of Derrick Henry (hamstring), his biggest workload of the season. Though maligned for untimely fumbles and inefficient running for the majority of the season, Lewis played a vital role for the Titans' offense, averaging an efficient 4.5 yards per carry. However, his longest gain of the day came through the air on the team's first drive, when he caught a short pass on the left side of the field before turning upfield for a gain of 19 yards. Henry is expected to return for Week 17 against the Texans, likely relegating Lewis to only a peripheral role in the offense once again.
Lewis is in line for added work Sunday against the Saints, with Derrick Henry (hamstring) inactive for the contest, John Glennon of The Athletic reports.
Khari Blasingame and the recently promoted Dalyn Dawkins are on hand to work in complementary roles, but Lewis should head the team's running attack Sunday, which makes him a decent Week 16 plug-in for those scrambling for running back help or looking for a low-cost DFS lineup option.
Lewis is expected to act as the Titans' feature back in Sunday's game against the Saints with Derrick Henry (hamstring) expected to be inactive for the contest, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Henry has managed the hamstring issue for the past few weeks and hasn't seen his performance or his workload suffer because of it, but the NFL's second-leading rusher apparently experienced a setback with the injury coming out of his full participation in practice Friday. After Henry initially entered the weekend without an injury designation, the Titans downgraded him to questionable Saturday and called up running back Dalyn Dawkins from the practice squad, foreshadowing a likely absence for the former. Dawkins and rookie Khari Blasingame could have minor roles in the Titans' game plan, but with neither of those backs having logged many meaningful NFL snaps, expect the playoff-contending Titans to rely heavily on Lewis, who should be in line for his most substantial workload of the season. While regularly playing second fiddle to Henry in each of the Titans' previous 14 contests, Lewis has only topped 50 total yards on one occasion in 2019.
Lewis (ankle) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's contest against the Saints, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.
The Titans tacked Lewis onto the injury report Thursday as a limited participant due to an ankle issue. He proceeded to wrap up the week with a full showing, but despite his availability, he's a distant second to Derrick Henry (hamstring) out of this backfield.
Lewis (ankle) was limited at practice Thursday, Erik Bacharach of The Tennessean reports.
Lewis practiced fully Wednesday, so there's a chance he tweaked his ankle during Thursday's session. His fantasy utility is limited, however, so long as Derrick Henry (hamstring) -- who sat out Thursday's practice -- is able to play. We'll circle back on the duo's status Friday, once the Titans release their final Week 16 injury report in advance of Sunday's game against the Saints.
Lewis carried the ball three times for 10 yards in the Titans' Week 15 loss to the Texans. He also added one reception for 11 yards and a touchdown.
Lewis scored a key touchdown with 2:04 left in the game, bringing the Titans' to within three points of the lead. He once again played sparingly, though he did manage to see the field more often as the team played in pass-heavy formations while attempting to mount a comeback. Still, Lewis remains only a handcuff to Derrick Henry, who earned 21 touches in comparison to Lewis' four.
Lewis carried the ball nine times for 26 yards in the team's Week 14 win over the Raiders. He also added one reception for five yards.
Lewis managed nearly all of his production in garbage time, as he had only two rushes for 10 yards through 50 minutes of action. Notably, Lewis also lost work in the passing game to Khari Blasingame, who had receptions of 24 and 23 yards earlier in the contest. Lewis has clearly fallen out of favor in Tennessee, and it's no longer clear he is the handcuff to Derrick Henry.
Lewis did not record a carry but did haul in his lone target for nine yards in the team's Week 13 win over the Colts.
After recording his highest carry total of the season Week 12, Lewis failed to find traction in the team's offensive game plan. He was on the field for just 11 snaps, further solidifying his lack of involvement. At this point, it's clear that Lewis is nothing more than a handcuff for Derrick Henry.
Lewis carried the ball five times for 21 yards in the Titans' Week 12 win over the Jaguars. He also added one reception for 24 yards.
After not getting a touch in Week 10 against the Chiefs, Lewis got involved immediately Sunday by recording his lone reception during the team's first possession of the game. That was his most notable contribution, though he did occasionally spell Derrick Henry to record his highest carry total of the season. Lewis will look to remain involved in Week 13 against the Colts.
Lewis did not record a touch during Sunday's 35-32 win over the Chiefs.
It's been a disappointing season for the veteran back, but Sunday offered further indignities. While Derrick Henry ran for a season-high 188 yards, Lewis saw the field for a season-low 15 snaps and did not record a touch for the first time this season. Lewis' steady trend downward had probably already scared off fantasy GMs, but Sunday should have been enough to chase away any stragglers. Next up is a Jacksonville defense that held Lewis to 20 total yards in Week 3.
Lewis ran the ball four times for 20 yards against the Panthers in Week 9. He also added five receptions for 33 yards.
Lewis earned his highest touch total of the season and also surpassed 50 total yards for the first time. He broke free from the Panthers defense for a few big plays, most notably on a screen pass that he turned upfield for a 24-yard gain. However, he also lost a costly fumble early in the second quarter just as the Titans were entering Carolina territory. Derrick Henry remains the clear leader in the Titans' backfield, with Lewis showing little ability to make an impact through nine games this season.
Lewis caught his lone target for a two-yard gain during Sunday's 27-23 win over Tampa Bay.
Lewis has now amassed just four total yards over the past two weeks and has yet to score or tally more than 30 yards in a game this season. It's not as if Lewis is being replaced as the Titans' No. 2 RB, it's just that Derrick Henry has hogged touches this season. With Marcus Mariota now on the bench and Ryan Tannehill under center, the Titans seem to have opted to throw it more, but even then Lewis has been tasked with picking up blitzes rather than running routes. Sunday's opponents, the Panthers, have been gashed on the ground this season to the tune of 5.0 yards per carry, but it's hard to see Lewis getting enough touches to take advantage.
Lewis carried the ball once for minus-2 yards in Week 7 against the Chargers. He also failed to bring in his only target.
Lewis appeared in a season-low 27 percent of the team's offensive snaps, even with Tennessee in a close contest. As has been the case for much of the season, Lewis is solely a handcuff option for Derrick Henry, given his lack of involvement in the team's gameplan.
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