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 totaled five yards on three carries in Saturday's 25-16 win over Washington. He also added three catches for 20 yards.
Lewis continued his fall out of fantasy relevancy Saturday, totaling only six touches in comparison to Derrick Henry's 22. He did have one highlight worthy play, taking a short dump-off from Marcus Mariota and converting it into an 18-yard gain. Other than that play, Lewis did little of note, averaging only 1.7 yards per carry. He cannot be trusted for a big role in the team's regular season finale against the Colts.
Lewis carried the ball seven time for 35 yards in Sunday's 17-0 win over the Giants. He also added three receptions for nine yards.
Lewis found himself on the short end of the running back split for the third consecutive week, racking up seven carries compared to Derrick Henry's 33. The rainy conditions of this game benefited the playing style of Henry over Lewis, though Lewis has now failed to earn 20 touches in a game for five consecutive weeks. Due to that lack of volume, he's only a desperation play in PPR leagues moving forward.
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.
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