Dion Lewis, RB New England Patriots

General Info

  • Height: 5' 7"
  • Weight: 193 lbs
  • DOB: 09-27-1990
NE Depth Chart

Most Recent News

Source says Pats release RB Donald Brown

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 10:36am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The New England Patriots released veteran running back Donald Brown on Tuesday, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates, as an early-camp injury ultimately doomed Brown's chances of sticking on the roster at a position where the club is thin.

Brown, who signed a one-year, $965,000 contract with the Patriots on March 17, was competing for a backup spot behind LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis, the latter of whom will open the season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list as he will undergo a second surgery on his left knee.

Brown had pulled up in the fifth practice of training camp -- members of the athletic training staff appeared to be checking his hamstring -- and hadn't been a full participant in practice since. He didn't play in the team's first two preseason games.

Fantasy Impact:

By releasing him, the Patriots thin their ranks at a position that was already short on depth. Blount is the top power option, while third-year man James White projects to step in for Lewis as the top "passing back" until his return. The team also has Brandon Bolden (5th year), Tyler Gaffney (3rd year), Joey Iosefa (2nd year) and undrafted rookie D.J. Foster at running back. Yesterday we reported White is getting more running reps. Brown, if healthy, was an option to both run the ball and receive to keep defenses guessing a little.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside{Dion Lewis is the best running back on this team, and was one of the best in the entire NFL last season through eight weeks. In PPR leagues he is an elite option but he can also do plenty of damage between the tackles. In the six games he was healthy Lewis averaged 12.8 touches for 95 yards and 0.67 touchdowns. Lewis received 13 red zone carries in just seven games last seasons and remains a significant touchdown threat regardless of his competition. According to Rushing Expectation, a running back methodology by Joe Holka, Lewis performed 6.3% better than his offensive line expectation in regards to success rate and 13.8 percent above expectation per target.

Fantasy Downside
Lewis is coming off of an ACL injury that ended his season in 2015. Injuries have plagued his career and has had issues with fumbling in the past. If this continues head coach Bill Belichick has shown no hesitation in sitting talented players in favor of reliability. The game plans of Belichick and McDaniel’s are very game specific and can favor of a big back like LeGarrette Blount in certain situations.

2016 Bottom Line
Lewis will be a stud regardless of game script as he is one of the most versatile weapons in the league. He is great in pass protection and will remain efficient between the tackles as well as a consistent option in the intermediate passing game. In PPR leagues, we like him much higher than his current ADP.

2016 Strength of Schedule - NE
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
10
@ARI
11
MIA
20
HOU
26
BUF
19
@CLE
6
CIN
28
@PIT
26
@BUF
BYE14
SEA
25
@SF
3
@NYJ
23
LA
9
BAL
24
@DEN
3
NYJ
11
@MIA

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2016 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPRRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPCSnaps%
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2MIA------------
3HOU------------
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Previous Games vs. BUF
SeasonWeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPRRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPCSnaps%
201511BUF------------
20152BUF740115.716980916.3373/8684.88%
20135BUF------------
Average7.0040.001.001.005.716.0098.000.009.0016.3373.00/86.0084.88%

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