Lewis is battling for his roster spot as a returner with the competition wide open at the position, Joel Erickson of the New Orleans Advocate reports.
Lewis has averaged 9.8 yards per punt return and 21.9 yards per kickoff return the past two seasons, but he'll once again be forced top compete for his role on special teams throughout training camp. At just 5-foot-7 and 170 pounds, his clearest route to the 53-man roster will come in the return game as he won't see much run at wide receiver.
Lewis gained six yards on one carry in Sunday's 31-19 win against the Jets. He also returned one kickoff for 25 yards and five punts for 36 total yards.
Lewis saw an uptick in playing time (15 of 68 offensive snaps -- 22 percent) with Ted Ginn sidelined with a rib injury, but he was held without a target. While Lewis should continue to contribute in the return game, he is unlikely to garner many looks in the Saints' offense, particularly with Ginn expected to return to the lineup next week.
Lewis brought in both of his targets for 30 yards and a touchdown while also returning five kickoffs for 121 yards in Thursday's 20-17 loss to the Falcons.
Lewis helped the Saints knot the game up at 10-10 with 1:53 remaining in the first half when he hauled in a 26-yard scoring dart from Drew Brees. The touchdown was the second-year player's first career trip to the end zone. Thursday also marked Lewis' second consecutive game with at least one reception after not having logged a catch in his six prior contests. The speedster's primarily value continues to come on special teams, but he sees the occasional target in the Saints' diversified offense as well. Lewis will look to build on Thursday's effort against the Jets in Week 15.
Lewis was active for the Saints' first four games of the season, hauling in seven of 10 targets for 84 yards. However, with Willie Snead having completed his three-game suspension and apparently recovered from a hamstring injury that kept him out Week 4, the Saints didn't have a need for Lewis as their No. 4 wideout.
Lewis had three receptions on three targets for 15 yards in Sunday's win against the Panthers.
Lewis continues to see only modest playing time, participating in 16 of 58 offensive snaps (28 percent) Sunday. While he's made a couple of nice plays, with Willie Snead set to return from suspension in Week 4, Lewis has little to no value in most fantasy leagues.
|3||9/23/18||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ NYG||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/21/18||@ BAL||4:05 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ MIN||8:20 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|13||11/29/18||@ DAL||8:20 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|15||12/17/18||@ CAR||8:15 pm|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||12||1||7||76||10.9||26||0||1||0||4|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||15||0||10||116||11.6||52||1||2||1||4|
|2018||New Orleans Saints||2||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||12||1||3||11||3.7||7||0||0||1|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||15||0||2||14||7.0||8||0||0||0|
|2018||New Orleans Saints||2||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||12||8||152||19.0||26||0||0|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||15||13||307||23.6||39||0||0|
|2018||New Orleans Saints||2||3||69||23.0||26||0||0|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||12||14||8||160||11.4||59||0||3|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||15||14||10||115||8.2||24||0||1|
|2018||New Orleans Saints||2||2||1||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||12||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||15||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||New Orleans Saints||2||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2016||New Orleans Saints||12||2||0||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2017||New Orleans Saints||15||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||New Orleans Saints||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|