PRO: Early in the 2018 offseason, the Titans signed unrestricted free agent Dion Lewis. The 5-foot-8-inch, 195-pounder brings versatility and veteran leadership to the Titans’ running back corps. Lewis is strong runner that can excel between the tackles and a skilled pass catcher that flourishes as a receiver out of the backfield. The University of Pittsburgh product is also a talented kick returner with two career touchdown returns in his first seven seasons. He enjoyed one of his best campaigns with the New England Patriots in 2017 when he led the team with 896 rushing yards and six touchdowns. A former fifth-round draft choice, Lewis spent his first two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles before stops with the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts and Patriots.
• In his first season with the Titans in 2018, Lewis finished second on the team with 517 rushing yards and a touchdown. He also ranked second on the squad with a career-high 59 receptions and third on the team with a career-best 400 receiving yards.
• In 2017, Lewis led the Patriots with 896 rushing yards on 180 carries with six touchdowns. In the last eight games of the campaign, he led the NFL with 625 rushing yards. Compared to all running backs with 150 or more rushing attempts, his per-carry average of 4.98 yards led the NFL.
• In 2016, Lewis returned from injury to play in seven regular season games with five starts and total 64 rushing attempts for 283 yards and 17 receptions for 94 yards. He helped the Patriots capture the Super Bowl title by playing in all three playoff games with two starts. He contributed in all three phases - rushing 25 times for 79 yards and a touchdown, catching five passes for 33 yards and a touchdown and returning five kickoffs for 162 yards and a touchdown.
• Lewis credits his parents, Leroy (former construction worker) and Linda (social worker), as the biggest influences on his career. “Growing up, they were hard on me and they made sure I stayed out of trouble,” Lewis said. “That helped me out a lot later on in life.”
• Lewis attended the University of Pittsburgh, but he was offered a scholarship from just two other schools, Miami of Ohio and Tulane.
• The Albany, N.Y., native was originally selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round (149th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.
• Traded by the Philadelphia Eagles to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for linebacker Emmanuel Acho on April 11, 2013.
• Released by the Browns on Aug. 30, 2014.
• Signed by the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent on Sept. 10, 2014.
• Released by the Colts on Sept. 16, 2014.
• Signed by the New England Patriots as a free agent on Feb. 6, 2015.
• Signed by the Titans as an unrestricted free agent on March 16, 2018.
• Played two seasons at Pittsburgh (2009-10), where he finished fourth on the school’s all-time rushing list with 2,860 yards.
• As a sophomore (2010), led the team with 1,061 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.
• As a freshman (2009), became the first player since Michael Vick (Virginia Tech, 1999) to earn Big East Offensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors in the same season after rushing 325 times for 1,799 yards (5.5 avg.) and 18 total touchdowns.
• Earned unanimous first-team All-Big East, Freshman All-American and second-team All-American honors in 2009.
• Broke Tony Dorsett’s freshman rushing record (1,686 yards in 1973) and tied his freshman record with 10 100-yard rushing games.
• Broke Craig Heyward’s record at Pittsburgh for rushes in a single game with 47 against University of Cincinnati in the Big East Championship game, totaling 194 rushing yards, three touchdowns, as well as five catches for 34 yards.
• Majored in communications at Pittsburgh.
• Attended Albany High School and Albany Academy in Albany, N.Y. before transferring to Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J.
• Was named the New Jersey Prep Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 after rushing 88 times for 1,243 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior at Blair Academy (N.J.). Added two punt return touchdowns and one receiving touchdown.
• Helped lead Blair Academy to a 17-1 record in his final two seasons, including two Mid-Atlantic Prep League Championships and a New Jersey Prep state title.
• Had 79 carries for 979 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior in 2007.
• Was also a three-year letterman in track & field at Blair Academy, where he competed in sprints (11.09 seconds in 100m and 23.06 seconds in 200m), long jump (20’2”) and relays (44.29 seconds in 4x100).
• Has two brothers, Lamar and Deavonn, as well as a sister, Shaquana.
• Follow Lewis on Twitter at @DionLewisRB.
• Follow Lewis on Instagram at @d_lew33.
• Born Dion John Lewis on Sept. 27, 1990 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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