It did not take long for Dion Lewis to rain on the parade of Derrick Henry’s fantasy owners. It took just five days for the Titans to find their second running back after cutting Demarco Murray late last week, crushing owner’s hope of selling high on the third-year back.
Lewis agreed to a four-year deal on Tuesday, giving the Titans their third-down and change of pace back.
While there are 223 touches and 925 all-purpose yards and seven scores left behind by Murray, Lewis offers much more than that. After rushing for just 688 yards over his first four seasons with the Eagles and the Patriots, Lewis busted out last year, toting the rock 180 times for 896 yards and six scores. He added 32 catches for 214 yards and three scores, one more than he had in his previous four seasons.
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Titans new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur comes from Los Angeles where they leaned on running back Todd Gurley, who had a bounce-back season after a disappointing sophomore campaign. The Rams did not have a second running back nearly as talented as Dion Lewis.
With the signing, Henry drops out of the RB1 conversation for me and it’s possible he drops out of the RB2 conversation as well. While I would expect Derrick Henry to lead the backfield, Lewis should offer more than a change of pace for this team.
Without knowing the Titans plan for the two running backs, Dion Lewis is on the radar for an RB2 in PPR leagues, but solidly an RB3/Flex option in standard leagues.
Lewis was not the only former Patriot to land in Tennessee on Tuesday as Malcolm Butler agreed to a 5-year, $61 million dollar deal.Butler was the hero in the Patriots Super Bowl win over the Seahawks, before playing on just one play in a loss to the Eagles. Butler had just two interceptions last year after picking off quarterbacks four times in 2016.
With the money that the Titans are paying Butler, they will expect him to slot into their number one cornerback slot in a division where he will face off with DeAndre Hopkins, TY Hilton and whoever the Jaguars decide is their number one receiver.