From The Fans: The Patriots Running Back Situation

This preseason, one area of focus for me has been the Patriots running back group. The Pats lost their two backs with the highest number of carries in 2014 when Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley decided to sign elsewhere in the offseason. Shane Vereen is now with the New York Giants while Ridley signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets. As it stands right now it seems that the...
Via Patriots Extra
2 days ago  |  Discuss

4 Patriots Who Impressed in Preseason Game 3

1. Dion Lewis Dion Lewis was very impressive again last night.  He’s been in consideration for playing time in the Patriots 3rd down/receiving back role.  Last night, he pushed himself further into consideration. Lewis ran somewhat well and then caught a pass for a touchdown.  Lewis’ play during the preseason is securing a spot for him on the 53 man roster. Lewis could really...
Via TopSportsReport
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dion Lewis won’t let New England Patriots cut him, so which running back is left off final roster?

http://blog.masslive.com/patriots/2015/08/patriots_panthers_dion_lewis.html Posted from PatriotsExtra
Via Patriots Extra
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Dion Lewis With Nine Yard Touchdown Reception From Jimmy Garoppolo

Dion Lewis was a good college running back, but has yet to really have a chance to show what he can do in the NFL. He was buried on the bench in Philadelphia, didn't really get a chance with Cleveland, and was out of the league last season after getting cut by Indianapolis. If there is any team in the NFL that likes to use a lot of running backs it is the team he is trying to make...
Via FatManWriting
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dion Lewis Again Proves He Deserves Patriots’ Third-Down Back Role

I’ll admit to being skeptical when I heard the New England Patriots were high on Dion Lewis, entering the 2015 offseason. If they were so high on him, why didn’t they sign the undersized running back after he worked out in November of last year? And if they liked him so much, why did he go unsigned from Sept. 16, when he was cut by the Indianapolis Colts, to Dec. 31, when the...
Via NESN.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Three positions to watch in Patriots' matchup vs. Panthers on Friday

The New England Patriots will take on the Carolina Panthers on Friday in what's always believed to be the most significant preseason game of the four. The third game usually indicates who will be the starters and who will make an impact this season.For the Patriots, the starting quarterback for Week 1 is likely to be Jimmy Garoppolo given Tom Brady's suspension, but both players...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dion Lewis moves to the front for third-down back role

New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis got the bulk of work for the third-down back role Saturday night against the Saints and was impressive in the process. The departure of Shane Vereen leaves a void for a pass catching back who can pass protect in the team's complicated offensive scheme. He showed the ability to operate in space and make defenders miss, while showing...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots Lose The Battles But Win The War In Comeback Over Saints

On one play in the fourth quarter, New England Patriots' quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo reminded all of us that he is just a second year clipboard holder with a lot to learn.The rest of his night was a confirmation of his enormous potential.Granted, it was against the New Orleans Saints' second and third string defenders, but Garoppolo completed 28 of 33 pass attempts for 269 yards...
Via Foxborough Free Press
9 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Patriots Who Impressed During 2nd Preseason Game

1. Chris Harper View image | gettyimages.com The Patriots are always looking to improve their wide receiver corps.  Harper was a long shot to make the roster coming into camp, but with opportunity, he has flourished.  The Patriots had Harper line up at both receiver and kick returner last night, and he played well in both roles. Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, and Brandon...
Via TopSportsReport
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Dion Lewis, James White Heat Up Patriots’ Third-Down Back Competition

The New England Patriots running backs are in a dead heat for the third-down role after two preseason games. The competition has narrowed down to four backs: James White, Brandon Bolden, Travaris Cadet and Dion Lewis. Cadet and Bolden have yet to see the field during the preseason — the former because of injuries and the latter for unknown reasons (Bolden received just four offensive...
Via NESN.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots Training Camp Attendance: Tom Brady Absent Prior To Arbitration Meeting

FOXBORO, Mass. — New England Patriots training camp took a backseat for Tom Brady on Tuesday. The Patriots quarterback didn’t participate in practice after Judge Richard Berman told the NFL and NFL Players Association to try to settle Brady’s suspension dispute before Wednesday morning’s arbitration meeting. Wide receiver Brandon LaFell, running backs Tyler Gaffney and...
Via NESN.com
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots Training Camp Attendance: Julian Edelman Among Absent Players

FOXBORO, Mass. — Julian Edelman remained out of practice on Day 6 of New England Patriots training camp. Edelman sat out of practice Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday night after appearing to suffer an injury during Sunday’s practice. Running back Dion Lewis and linebacker Darius Fleming were newly absent for Wednesday’s practice under the lights of Gillette Stadium. Wide receiver...
Via NESN.com
27 days ago  |  Discuss

New England Patriots: five players on the bubble

Training camp will be starting in a few weeks for the NFL and roster cuts will be coming, particularly for the New England Patriots.  Many eyes will be on the stars like Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, but the focus should be on the lower half of the roster and the players that are on the bubble because they might be the players making key players at the end of the season, example...
Via EndZoneScore
July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

The skill player who will save the New England Patriots offense

Usually when a team loses its two leaders in rushing attempts from the previous season, there is some serious cause for concern. Even more concern comes when that same team doesn’t even draft one running back. AROUND COVER32 Fantasy Football 2015: The top-75 wide receivers for 2015 Power Rankings: Rating NFL team nicknames from 1-32 Top 10 in 2015: The NFL’s best outside linebackers...
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July 15, 2015  |  Discuss

After strong offseason, RB Dion Lewis ready to challenge for third-down back role

New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis is in competition with Travaris Cadet and James White, Brandon Bolden and Tyler Gaffney for the team's third-down back role. The former 2011 fifth-round pick, Lewis has the skill set fill the scatback role last done by Danny Woodhead. According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, Cadet seems to be the front-runner but the battle will be determined...
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July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

RB Dion Lewis moves to the front of the line for 'Vereen role'

New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis has moved to the front of the line for the third-down back role or also known as the 'Vereen role.' Lewis is competing against Travaris Cadet, James White, Brandon Bolden and Tyler Gaffney. A 2011 fifth-round pick by the Eagles, Lewis has the skill set to man the position; however, injuries have been his downfall since entering the...
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June 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Could Dion Lewis be the key to the New England Patriots success?

This running back was once a collegiate National Freshman of the Year, a Second Team All- American, and he broke several rushing records at the University of Pittsburgh. He hasn’t yet made a name for himself in the NFL, but the Patriots may be giving him that opportunity. What’s his name? Dion Lewis. As mentioned above, Lewis was a stand out running back his freshman and sophomore...
Via cover32
June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots have work out cut out for them revamping running back corps

The New England Patriots let running backs Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley walk via free agency and now have some question marks going forward. Who is going to the the lead back? How about the third down back? Bruisers LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray are competing for early downs while 2014 fourth-round pick James White, Brandon Bolden, Tyler Gaffney, Travaris Cadet and Dion...
Via 60 Max Power O
June 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Who will be part of the Patriots running back committee?

New England Patriots fans wonder every season who will be the running back to take the reins and lead their usual running back by committee approach. The Patriots don’t believe in a franchise running back. Why would they when Tom Brady is your quarterback? The last time they invested in an actual franchise guy was Corey Dillon back in 2004. Since then it’s been a revolving...
Via EndZoneScore
June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Josh McDaniels: Patriots ‘Have A Good Situation’ At Third-Down Back

FOXBORO, Mass. — Even the New England Patriots aren’t quite sure who will take over Shane Vereen’s third-down running back duties. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels admitted as much Thursday after OTAs. McDaniels sounds confident that someone will emerge and be able to take on the role that has become so important in the Patriots’ offense. The position has been passed...
Via NESN.com
June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Tevin Coleman To Meet With Patriots After Impressive Pro Day

Tevin Coleman had to wait to show off his speed to NFL scouts. The Indiana running back didn’t work out at the NFL Scouting Combine because of a broken toe. Coleman proved he was worth the wait by running a 4.35-second 40-yard dash at his pro day Wednesday. The New England Patriots will meet with Coleman on Wednesday, DraftInsider.net’s Tony Pauline reported. Coleman, a projected...
Via NESN.com
April 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots Sign Three, Including RB Dion Lewis, To Future Contracts

The New England Patriots are planning for 2015. The Patriots signed running back Dion Lewis, linebacker Rufus Johnson and defensive tackle Anthony Johnson to future/reserve contracts. The Patriots worked out Lewis in November after he was released by the Indianapolis Colts. Lewis, Johnson and Johnson can spend the offseason with the Patriots under future contracts. The Patriots...
Via NESN.com
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Source: Patriots Work Out Former Colts, Browns Running Back Dion Lewis

The New England Patriots might have spent Wednesday extracting information from former Indianapolis Colts running back Dion Lewis. The Patriots worked out Lewis on Wednesday, a source familiar with the situation told NESN.com. The tryout first was reported by ProFootballTalk. Lewis signed with the Colts on Sept. 9 and was released Sept. 16. He was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles...
Via NESN.com
November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings Work Out Free Agent RB Dion Lewis

According to a league source, the Vikings tried out free agent RB Dion Lewis Wednesday, via Pro Football Talk. It should come as no surprise that Minnesota is looking for help at the running back position.  With RB Adrian Peterson‘s suspension, the Vikings have been forced to rely on RB Matt Asiata and on rookie RB Jerick McKinnon. Now that the starting quarterback position belongs...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Roster Moves: Colts Sign DT Kelcy Quarles, Release RB Dion Lewis, Shuffle Practice Squad

The Colts made some moves at the bottom of the roster today, plucking rookie undrafted free agent defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles (6-4, 294) from the New England Patriots practice squad and waiving running back Dion Lewis. On their own practice squad, Indianapolis released guard Josh Walker and picked up guard David Arkin. The Quarles signing makes sense after starting defensive lineman...
Via The Colts Authority
September 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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