Lewis caught on with the Saints as an undrafted rookie in 2016 and ultimately had 20 catches, seven carries, 36 punt returns and 24 kick returns in 34 regular-season appearances. His most memorable moment occurred toward the end of the 2018 NFC Championship Game when Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman got away with a blatant penalty in the red zone. Lewis will bring speed and versatility to Detroit, where the lack of depth behind Marvin Jones (knee), Kenny Golladay (chest) and Danny Amendola should give the 26-year-old a good chance to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. Lewis doesn't offer much potential for fantasy contribution outside of return-yardage leagues (and even that is far from a guarantee with Jamal Agnew on the Detroit roster).
The Saints aren't expected to tender Lewis a contract for 2019 ahead of Wednesday's deadline, making him an unrestricted free agent, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Lewis suited up for seven games with the Saints during an injury-plagued 2018 season, posting three catches for 60 yards and one touchdown in addition to his work on the punt-return unit. The 26-year-old has done most of his damage on special teams throughout his three-year career and seems unlikely to see a substantial role on offense no matter where he might land next.
Lewis returned three punts for eight yards but played only five offensive snaps in Sunday's divisional-round playoff win over the Eagles.
Lewis had a mere three catches for 60 yards and a touchdown in an injury-plagued regular season in which he played just seven games. Even had he been healthy, however, the 5-foot-7 slot receiver has largely been limited to special-teams work during his three-year career, a trend that is unlikely to change in the future due to his small statute.
Lewis caught his only target for a 20-yard gain during Sunday's 28-14 win over the Buccaneers.
The diminutive receiver has been targeted just twice this season, gaining at least 20 yards each time. The Saints have had a revolving door opposite Michael Thomas, but even with his big-play ability, Lewis has been unable to establish himself. We'd be surprised if he catches on now, even in a favorable matchup Sunday against a Carolina pass defense ranked in the bottom half of the league in receiving yards (269 per game).
Lewis (coach's decision) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Cowboys, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Lewis will not suit up against the Cowboys on Thursday Night Football. The 26-year-old's absence is notable not due to injury, it simply seems that with Tre'Quan Smith back in the starting lineup Lewis is the odd man out in New Orleans' scheme. Alvin Kamara and Austin Carr should see work returning punts in Lewis' absence.
|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||7||3||3||60||20.0||28||1||2||0||3|
|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||7||3||2||10||5.0||6||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||7||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||7||8||6||60||7.5||17||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||7||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||7||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|