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Author: Jon Kuzma
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If you caught the Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins game last week you may have noticed that Dion Lewis was on the field for a majority of the snaps. In fact Lewis led the Titans in rushing with 75 yards and 1 touchdown. The scatback (Lewis) also caught 5 receptions for 35 yards. So when you look at Dion Lewis’ numbers you really have to pay attention to his combined stats because he can make an impact in so many different phases of the game. There were times in New England when Lewis would also make special teams plays as a kick returner. Derrick Henry isn’t nearly as versatile and that’s definitely one of the reasons that Lewis has been in the lineup more often. A perfect example would be a 3rd and 10 play when the Titans offense is trying to covert. Sure Henry would probably be a better pass blocker than Lewis because he’s a much bigger guy. However Lewis can leak out of the backfield catch the football and possibly move the chains. In today’s game spread offenses are much more prevalent and we’re seeing players like Alvin Kamara, Chris Thompson, and Lewis utilized more often because of their dual threat capabilities. Therefore Derrick Henry will have to make the most of the opportunities he gets and put together a string of good runs if he wants to earn more carriers. It’s very possible that happens because Henry is going to be more determined than ever. Although Dion Lewis has the leg up for now and it’s because of all those years he was the underdog. Lewis had to defy the odds every step of the way just to be in the position he’s in. During that journey the former Patriot and Eagle (Lewis) learned how prepare himself to compete at a high level and it’s been a great story up to this point.
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Dion Lewis outplayed Derrick Henry in week one and now Lewis might’ve earned the starting job.