This time last year, Dion Lewis was out of football. Week by week, that fact is getting harder and harder to believe.
The Patriots picked up Lewis off the street and have turned him into one of the most dangerous weapons in the league. In three games coming into New England's bout with the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Lewis had 30 carries for 146 yards and two touchdowns, as well as 15 catches for another 179 yards. That's 325 total yards in three games, nearly double his career total of 192 in 24 games entering this season.
Lewis is racking up yardage again on Sunday, as he's got four carries for 29 yards and five catches for another 47 not even midway through the third quarter. And on his fifth catch, he showed off the shiftiness that's made him so dangerous, eluding four Cowboys defenders with a series of shakes and jukes on his way into the end zone.
How do you tackle someone who moves like that? Man, it's tough. Entering Sunday's play, Lewis had forced 20 missed tackles on the season – 10 on runs and 10 on catches – per Pro Football Focus' tracking. That total was second in the NFL behind only Carlos Hyde, and since the Pats had their bye in Week 4, Lewis had played one less game than pretty much everyone else in the list.
Maybe that's why the Pats gave him a two-year extension earlier this week.