Dion Lewis spent his first two NFL seasons in Philadelphia. (NFL Game Rewind)
Outside of seven days in September, Dion Lewis was not on an NFL roster last season.
The 5-foot-8, 195-pound running back never played in a regular-season game for the Indianapolis Colts in 2014, nor did he for the Cleveland Browns after being acquired for linebacker Emmanuel Acho in 2013, suffering a broken leg in the preseason.
Much changed across the landscape since then. Just where Lewis fits into it now as a New England Patriot is unknown.
He was once an elusive Pittsburgh product, one who joined LeSean McCoy as a Philadelphia Eagles fifth-round pick after 2,860 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns over two college seasons. He was once named Freshman of the Year by the Sporting News and CBS Sports, second-team All-American by the AP, and considered a Heisman Trophy candidate after posting a campaign second to only Tony Dorsett in Panthers history.
Kyle Arrington sits atop a now-cloudy Patriots cornerback position. (NFL Game Rewind)
It was Herman Edwards who once said “a goal without a plan is a wish.”
There is reason to believe a goal is in mind for the New England Patriots after one week of moves. With Darrelle Revis a New York Jet, Brandon Browner a New Orleans Saint, Shane Vereen a New York Giant, and Vince Wilfork a Houston Texan, there’s also reason to believe there is a plan.
But exactly what that plan entails hasn’t been shared by head coach Bill Belichick. And when it is, it won’t be with words.
Time will tell how the organization will address the key positional needs on the roster. It could be told in the coming weeks, in a trade, in the draft, or in the season opener next September. But right now, however it may ultimately be addressed, New England is heading into the second week of the free-agent process with newfound vacancies.
The New England Patriots signed three players to reserve-future contracts on Wednesday.
Running back Dion Lewis, defensive tackle Antonio Johnson and outside linebacker Rufus Johnson have all agreed to deals for the Patriots’ 2015 season, according to the NFL transaction wire. Continue reading