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Dion Lewis not worried about who Patriots brought in at running back

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Patriots running back James White said recently that his approach to life in a crowded New England backfield is to “make the most of your opportunities” and Dion Lewis has a similar view when it comes focusing on yourself rather than the other backs in the mix.

Lewis came back from a 2015 torn ACL to play in seven regular season games for the Patriots last year and appeared in all three playoff contests, although his Super Bowl was cut short after he tweaked his hamstring. That opened the door for White to have a huge game in a role Lewis might have been playing if he was healthy.

His emergence and the arrival of Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead could squeeze the chances for Lewis, but he said he’s not thinking about the other backs as the team moves toward training camp.

“It doesn’t matter who the names are or who they bring in, you just have to worry about how well you compete,” Lewis said, via ESPN.com. “You have to be ready to compete. You can’t think of who they bring in, and why did they bring them in.”

It will be interesting to see how things shake out in the New England backfield over the summer, although history says that the depth chart is going to be a fluid one well beyond September.

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  1. patsxsaintsfan says: Jun 9, 2017 8:39 AM

    The patriots did exactly what they needed to this off season. The patriots biggest weakness the last few years has been depth in 2012 when the broncos lost to the Seahawks the patriots best receiver other than Edelman was Dobson or amendola ( although dola was not on the same page like he is with Brady now) then in 2016 when they lost in the AFCCG Julian had just come back from foot surgery and none of our receivers could beat the press that day. Which led to Brady having to target Brandon bolden and James white (James white before this year was just not looking like he could handle the job as the scat back) over 10 times. The patriots are smart however and know injuries happen so they added a potential top 10 receiver to a stacked receiving core, and although Dwayne Allen has looked bad so far it’s still early and he could be solid depth at TE. The improved the pass rush with knot ealy and stephon Gilmore is an upgrade at corner. This team and front office are playing to win now and it’s insane under the salary cap they were able to add so much talent.

  2. pastabelly says: Jun 9, 2017 8:48 AM

    Fun fact: The Patriots have never lost a game when Dion Lewis has been in their lineup. He should regain his 2015 form in 2017 and will be the most electrifying runner in the Patriots backfield. When he’s good, he’s the best they have.

  3. nhpats says: Jun 9, 2017 8:52 AM

    These guys don’t worry about personal stats…..they worry about winning.

  4. celticsforever says: Jun 9, 2017 8:53 AM

    Does this team have it all together or what? Guys like Sam Bradford (Philly) have a hissy fit & demand a trade when new guys are brought in. Matt Jones (Washington) won’t show up and wants to be cut. Then there’s THIS guy. Just show up, work hard, be the best, and you will earn your roster spot. Easy peasy.

  5. tylawspick6 says: Jun 9, 2017 8:59 AM

    Good attitude.

  6. maust1013 says: Jun 9, 2017 9:23 AM

    Lewis is a dynamic player and fun to watch but he just can’t seem to stay on the field, dude is just snake bit.

  7. tylawspick6 says: Jun 9, 2017 9:26 AM

    pastabelly says:
    Jun 9, 2017 8:48 AM
    Fun fact: The Patriots have never lost a game when Dion Lewis has been in their lineup. He should regain his 2015 form in 2017 and will be the most electrifying runner in the Patriots backfield. When he’s good, he’s the best they have.

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    Another fun fact:

    When Benjarvus Green-Ellis was the lead back from 2010-2011, NE never lost a game.

    It’s why SB46 was so painful. Woodhead got way too many touches with a 17-9 lead in the second half.

  8. tylawspick6 says: Jun 9, 2017 9:27 AM

    celticsforever says:
    Jun 9, 2017 8:53 AM
    Does this team have it all together or what? Guys like Sam Bradford (Philly) have a hissy fit & demand a trade when new guys are brought in. Matt Jones (Washington) won’t show up and wants to be cut. Then there’s THIS guy. Just show up, work hard, be the best, and you will earn your roster spot. Easy peasy.

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    Yep.

    Reasons #4 as to why Spygate and Deflategate exist. In an age of selfishness and entitlement, BB seeks out those who put football first and everything else second.

    90% of NFL teams have a very tough time understanding this concept.

    All it takes is ONE cancer to ruin that approach for all 53 in that locker room.

  9. silvernblacksabbath says: Jun 9, 2017 9:43 AM

    Brady will retire after they win it this year! That’s why they kept Jimmy G and loaded up! Think about it…

  10. tylawspick6 says: Jun 9, 2017 10:06 AM

    silvernblacksabbath says:
    Jun 9, 2017 9:43 AM
    Brady will retire after they win it this year! That’s why they kept Jimmy G and loaded up! Think about it…

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    Keep dreaming, Raiders fan. Brady isn’t going anywhere.

    If anything, BB drafted Brissett for a reason.

    JimmyG will make some NFC team a lot better, though.

  11. ameilius says: Jun 9, 2017 10:15 AM

    you will never catch a Patriot saying ANYTHING even REMOTELY detrimental to their team… if you do, he’s an EX-Patriot..

  12. 6ball says: Jun 9, 2017 10:17 AM

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    For years Patriots fans have been treated to an assortment of flotsam and jetsam at both RB and WR. Suddenly, this year, they’re overstocked with quality at both positions. I would be hard pressed to speculate on just what Belichick has up his sleeve for this year. Barring injuries, the Patriots have the weaponry to go very deep into the playoffs.
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  13. bdevil1952 says: Jun 9, 2017 10:28 AM

    Pressure is coming from the lovely Mrs. Brady for TB12 to begin the second phase of his life, the one that doesn’t include football. Silvernblacksabbath is not that far off and the Pats offseason non moves regarding Jimmy G do send a message of sorts about TB12’s future. It has to have been discussed, he’s turning 40 before the season begins.

    I love the Pats, I live 12 miles from Gillette Stadium so that may give you some perspective. The fans can’t be in denial about Brady’s retirement forever. It will happen and from an organizational standpoint, it should happen soon before Jimmy G is a free agent. He’s the future of the franchise and he’s a Bellichick kind of QB. I think if the Patriots win this year Brady rides off into the sunset as the undisputed GOAT and the new era begins next year. Why not? Or would you would rather see Brady’s last game with him being carted off the field? I don’t for one. I guess I’m a sucker for a happy ending.

  14. exinsidetrader says: Jun 9, 2017 10:32 AM

    Do. Your. Job!

    Guys that produce will get to play, regardless of salary or where they were drafted. The Pats are the ultimate meritocracy in the NFL and why they are so successful.

  15. patriots123456 says: Jun 9, 2017 10:34 AM

    If Bill B. has one flaw it has been drafting corner backs and wide receivers.

    This year he traded for one of each, both players are proven top of the line players. A change of tactics, and probably a correction method to eliminate past problems.

    You still have to play the games, but starting the season they are loaded with talent.

    Let the games begin.

  16. maust1013 says: Jun 9, 2017 10:40 AM

    silvernblacksabbath says:
    Jun 9, 2017 9:43 AM
    Brady will retire after they win it this year! That’s why they kept Jimmy G and loaded up! Think about it…
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    It’s good to see a realistic Raiders fan that understands they are competing for second place.

    Lewis is a dynamic player and fun to watch but he just can’t seem to stay on the field, dude is just snake bit.

  17. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 9, 2017 10:43 AM

    I think its actually good for Lewis to have the backfield loaded up. He’s a fantastic player when healthy but does get beat up because of his size when he’s on the field a lot.

    Less touches = better health in his case and better results when he does get his chances.

  18. tedmurph says: Jun 9, 2017 11:14 AM

    I am forced to disagree with many of my fellow pats fans. Lewis lost a lot of his quickness after the ACL. Maybe he gets it back this year. But, Gilleslee, White and Burkhead are all locks. Lewis has a 1.5 mil cap hit. I think he’s on the bubble.

  19. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Jun 9, 2017 11:19 AM

    Don’t worry young man you’ll get your opportunity in the GOAT system in football. You better believe Belichick knows what he is doing by keeping all these running backs. Teams won’t be able to game plan for all three every week. It’s going to be a nightmare for the rest of the league.

  20. santamoss says: Jun 9, 2017 11:32 AM

    It would be more newsworthy if ever a player said they were worried about a player a team brought in.

    “So, we are here with Baltimore Ravens running back Ozamataz Buckshank. Oz, your team just signed RB L’Carpetron Dookmarriot, are you at all concerned about this?”

    “Well yes, I mean if you look at the tape, Dook is clearly a better north/south runner than me, so he is going to take away some carries if I don’t get benched altogether. And obviously with so many RBs already on the squad, the team still felt another RB was needed, so you have to think they were not content going forward with me as the primary starter. We won’t even get into my injury history, I am averaging 5 yards per carry yes, but also 5 yards per game. Just keepin’ it 100 you know.”

  21. truetrue85 says: Jun 9, 2017 11:34 AM

    tedmurph says:
    Jun 9, 2017 11:14 AM

    I am forced to disagree with many of my fellow pats fans. Lewis lost a lot of his quickness after the ACL. Maybe he gets it back this year. But, Gilleslee, White and Burkhead are all locks. Lewis has a 1.5 mil cap hit. I think he’s on the bubble.

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    Two things…

    A) 9 times out of 10 players recovering from knee injuries always return to form in year 2, IF they return to form. With that said, the real tell will be how he looks this year.

    B) 1.5 mil is actually chump change when it comes to cap hits, that’s not even worth cutting/trading a guy over. Now I’m not saying Dion is a sure bet to hit the roster, but if he isn’t wearing the flying Elvis come September, it sure isn’t anything to do with his cap hit.

  22. tedmurph says: Jun 9, 2017 11:48 AM

    A. I already said that.

    B. They reupped White and signed Burkhead , Gillslee, Bolden and Devlin. 1.5 mil is 1.5 mil. It’s the Pats. They wouldn’t go that high for Blount. They usually don’t carry a lot of RBs. He’s injury prone. No ST value. They’re not gonna throw away 1.5 on a guy they don’t have a lot of use for. Not rooting against him, but, we’ll see.

  23. bullcharger says: Jun 9, 2017 12:20 PM

    It’s the nature of the elite level athletes.

    These guys have not been given anything. They have competed against their teammates in every practice since they were little kids. They love the competition. They live for it.

    They know very well their job is never safe and they love it anyway.

  24. bullcharger says: Jun 9, 2017 12:31 PM

    tedmurph says:
    Jun 9, 2017 11:14 AM
    I am forced to disagree with many of my fellow pats fans. Lewis lost a lot of his quickness after the ACL. Maybe he gets it back this year. But, Gilleslee, White and Burkhead are all locks. Lewis has a 1.5 mil cap hit. I think he’s on the bubble.

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    I agree he is on the bubble. Maybe he will be seen as versatile given he can return KOs and maybe his quickness returns. Second year after ACL is often back to normal. He still could have trouble staying on the field, which is a problem.

    Throw Develin and Bolden in the mix too and the 53 man roster should be interesting at the RB/FB position.

  25. Greenlargo says: Jun 9, 2017 1:24 PM

    silvernblacksabbath says:
    Jun 9, 2017 9:43 AM
    Brady will retire after they win it this year! That’s why they kept Jimmy G and loaded up! Think about it…

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    So The Raiders hopes ride on Brady retiring at some point. Fair enough.

    And yes, think about it. If that comment is correct then they are planning to keep winning after Brady.

    Thats classy for a Raiders fan to give such a nice vote of confidence.

  26. tylawspick6 says: Jun 9, 2017 4:28 PM

    I agree he is on the bubble. Maybe he will be seen as versatile given he can return KOs and maybe his quickness returns. Second year after ACL is often back to normal. He still could have trouble staying on the field, which is a problem.

    Throw Develin and Bolden in the mix too and the 53 man roster should be interesting at the RB/FB position.

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    Develin is in no way, shape or form onthe bubble. BB loves him and this team has ONLY won SBs with a legit FB on the roster.

    Not happening.

    Bolden and Lewis, yes, but more likely Bolden and DJ Foster.

  27. daddeeo says: Jun 9, 2017 7:59 PM

    Nice try at creating controversy…

    It won’t work. Barring injuries the PATS are looking awesome this year.

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