Dion Lewis is now a “longshot” to re-sign with the Patriots when he becomes a free agent. Mike Giardi of NBC Sports Boston reported about Lewis’ status on Wednesday.
Giardi also reported that Lewis “remains disappointed by his usage both early in the season and again in the Super Bowl.” He spoke further on the issue during hour 4 of Toucher & Rich on Wednesday.
Lewis played in all 16 games in the regular season, but totaled just 26 touches in the first five games. He gained 5.21 yards per carry and caught all 7 targets for 42 yards. In the final 11 regular season games, he compiled 186 touches (16.9 per game) and 969 yards from scrimmage, scoring 8 total touchdowns in that span.
Lewis played just 21 snaps in Super Bowl LII, rushing for 39 yards on 9 carries. He got zero targets from Tom Brady in the passing game. James White led all Pats running backs with 45 offensive snaps, tying Lewis with 9 total touches.
Considering that Lewis averaged just over 25 touches in his previous four games, it’s understandable that he’d be disappointed in his drop-off in usage in the Super Bowl. But at the same time, the Patriots’ offensive game plan certainly worked the way they planned it. Brady threw for 505 yards and three touchdowns in the team’s 41-33 loss.
The Pats’ lack of running in the Super Bowl (22 running plays against 49 pass attempts) can also be attributed to game flow. The Patriots played from behind for almost the entire game, briefly holding a 33-32 lead in the fourth quarter but always needing to keep up with the Eagles offense.
Either way, you can safely expect Lewis to depart via free agency for a team that will A) pay him a fair-market value, and B) utilize him as the main back in their offense. Teams across the league are interested, and the Patriots aren’t expected to be competitive with their offers.
— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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— Stats via Pro Football Reference