Report: Giants signing ex-Patriots, Titans RB Dion Lewis to one-year deal

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The New York Giants are signing running back Dion Lewis, per ESPN’s Josina Anderson, with both sides agreeing to a one-year deal.

Lewis began his NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles and bounced around with three different teams in four seasons. He then found his footing with the New England Patriots, establishing himself as an excellent receiving back.

During Lewis’ tenure in New England, he worked with New York Giants head coach Joe Judge. Then the Patriots’ special teams coordinator, Judge witnessed Lewis’ develop into a crucial weapon on special teams and passing downs for the Patriots.

Lewis left the Patriots during the 2018 offseason, joining the Tennessee Titans on a four-year, $20 million deal. After a productive first season in Tennessee with 917 scrimmage yards, the 29-year-old saw fewer opportunities during the 2019 season.

He received just 54 carries this past year, his lowest total since 2015, and only hauled in 25 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown.

Lewis will reunite with his former special teams coach with a chance to earn a role in New York’s backfield. While All-Pro running back Saquon Barkley will still dominate the touches, Lewis could earn a complementary role as a receiving back.