The Eagles 2011 5th round pick saw precious little playing time in his rookie year, running the ball 23 times for 102 yards and a score while catching just one pass. It was a little perplexing watching aging veteran Ronnie Brown continually run into the line and go down while the Eagles had a speedster like Lewis waiting in the wings but you’ll have to check with Andy Reid as to why he divvied up the playing time the way he did. This season, Lewis will enter training camp as the top backup to starter LeSean McCoy but his value as a handcuff is unknown. He will need to beat out a pair of rookies in Bryce Brown and Carlos Polk to win the role and be impressive enough that the team doesn’t bring in a veteran runner like they did last year. An off-season incident for pulling a fire alarm likely didn’t help Lewis’ case any. On other teams, Lewis’ size (5’8”, 195 pounds) might be an issue but not in Philadelphia where the running back position has been owned by a pair of smaller backs (McCoy and Brian Westbrook) for the last decade. Lewis’ fantasy value will be determined in training camp.
Patriots add Rex Burkhead to backfield-- Tue Mar 14 5:04 pm --
Pats add depth at running back
The New England Patriots have signed former Bengals running back Rex Burkhead, the team announced Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed. He could be eyed to fill Brandon Bolden's role in New England as a reserve running back and special teamer.(ESPN)
FF Today's Take:Or, he could help ease the loss of LeGarrette Blount as he tests the free agent market. In any case Burkhead brings more pass-catching ability than Blount and gives the Patriots yet another back in what's sure to be a frustrating situation for fantasy owners as Burkhead mixes in with Dion Lewis and James White.
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