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2020 NFL free agency: Giants sign running back Dion Lewis

The Giants add a running back to compete with Wayne Gallman

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Josina Anderson of ESPN is reporting that the New York Giants have signed running back Dion Lewis to a one-year contract.

Lewis was released on March 12th by the Tennessee Titans after two years. Lewis was primarily a receiving back for the Titans, being targeted 99 times over the last two years, catching 84 passes for 564 yards (6.7 yards per catch) and scoring two touchdowns. As a runner, he carried the ball 209 times for 726 yards (3.47 yards per carry) and scoring one touchdown for the Titans.

Lewis was originally drafted out of Pittsburgh by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round. He was traded to the Cleveland Browns for Emmanuel Acho in 2013, only to suffer a season-ending injury and be cut the following offseason. Lewis was briefly with the Indianapolis Colts before signing a reserve/futures deal with the New England Patriots in 2015.

Lewis is obviously familiar to Joe Judge, who coached him on special teams as the Patriots’ primary kick returner in 2017. He had, by far, his most success with the Patriots, capping it in 2017 with 1,110 yards on 212 combined touches, with nine touchdowns. Lewis entered free agency after that, scoring a 4-year, $20 million contract with the Titans in 2018.

Lewis will now compete with Wayne Gallman Jr. to be Saquon Barkley’s primary backup at running back.