The excitement about Dion Lewis is growing in New England.
After six weeks, the New England Patriots think Dion Lewis is back to his 2015 form, Adam Schefter said on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown.
Lewis tore his ACL in 2015 and struggled to make his way back from the injury last season. Now two years removed from his knee procedure, the Patriots feel like he’s returned to his dynamic self.
Prior to tearing his ACL in 2015, Lewis looked like a Pro-Bowl caliber running back in New England until his knee injury robbed him of the rest of the season. New England believes that Pro-Bowl level runner has resurfaced.
Lewis had a setback in his rehabilitation process but it usually takes athletes two years to get back to the level they were at before a serious knee injury.
The 5-foot-8 elusive running back leads the team with a 5 yards per carry average. He’s led the team in rushing attempts in each of the last two weeks.
New England’s running back room is crowded. The team currently uses a running back-by-committee approach so opportunity isn’t as plentiful. Mike Gillislee, James White and Lewis all share snaps in the backfield. The Patriots will also get back Rex Burkhead on Sunday, congesting the running back depth chart even more.
The team’s enthusiasm with Lewis should bode well for his playing time.