Lewis collected 54 tackles and 10 passes defended, including an interception, in 15 games in 2017.
The third-round pick had worked his way into the starting lineup by the end of the season and made some big plays, although he also got burned a few times, something that isn't surprising for a first-year cornerback. Lewis figures to be a big part of a young and improving Cowboys secondary in 2018, although his IDP value likely will be limited.
Carroll struggled in training camp and hadn't been performing well prior to sustaining a concussion in Week 2, with the head injury preventing him from taking the field ever since. Thus, it made sense for Dallas to cut dies with Carroll and the two years remaining on his contract, and Lewis' strong performance thus far only made that decision easier. The rookie out of Michigan has arguably been the Cowboys' best cornerback, averaging 5.5 tackles and 1.3 pass breakups per game, with his best performance coming against the Packers and two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers last Sunday. In the Cowboys' loss, Lewis recorded seven total tackles and defensed three passes. While he isn't quite on the IDP radar at this juncture, Lewis' stock is certainly on the rise, making him someone to keep an eye on for the future.
Lewis went down with a hamstring injury in Monday's victory over the Cardinals, but his presence at Wednesday's practice indicates the issue was not serious. Barring any setbacks, he figures to play his usual special teams and depth cornerback role in Sunday's game against the Rams.
Lewis (hamstring) was inactive for Sunday's game against the Giants, Jori Epstein of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Lewis has been out with the hamstring injury for majority of training camp, but he was questionable for Sunday after practicing in a limited fashion this past week. Lewis should be seen as day-to-day heading into Week 2.