The Cleveland Browns acquired running back Dion Lewis in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this year because they know he has the potential to be a solid player. With that being said, the Browns must now find a role for the 22-year-old in the crowded backfield.
Lewis has speed and quickness that is utilized best in the open field. For that reason alone, Cleveland must find a way to get him involved in 2013. Obviously, Trent Richardson will lock down the starting rushing duties. However, Lewis can be a solid situational back who can take screens as well as short passes across the middle to the next level.
“That guy has unbelievable feet – I mean unbelievable feet,” Brandon Weeden said, according to Cleveland.com. “ . . . I’d hate to be stuck in the open field with him. You get the ball in space with him, he could make you miss and look silly at times.”
Lewis rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries in two seasons with the Eagles. He also hauled in just three catches for 21 yards over that span. Philadelphia never gave him the proper opportunity on offense to be effective, which is something they could regret.
“I tried to be the best teammate I could and I never complained,” Lewis told Cleveland.com. “I just did whatever I was told and tried to help the team win in any way: scout team, special teams, whatever they told me to do, I just went out there and did it.”
The Browns have already seen in the first few practices that the sky is the limit for Lewis, as long as they give him a chance to show what he can do. The fans, players and coaches are all impressed with what they have seen so far, which certainly bodes well for the youngster. Hopefully, Lewis can become a difference maker for the Browns in the near future.