Dion Lewis saw the Patriots’ pregame injury report and figured he was going to be heavily involved in the offense. Once again, he was more than ready for the challenge. Lewis carried the ball a career-high 26 times for 93 yards and a touchdown, while catching six balls for 40 yards and a score as the Patriots clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a 26-6 victory over the New York Jets yesterday at Gillette Stadium. The 5-foot-8, 195-pound running back also became the first Patriot in 53 years to have both a rushing and receiving touchdown in back-to-back weeks since Larry Garron turned the trick in October 1964 against San Diego and Oakland. “I’m embracing this. I like getting the ball and helping my team win,” Lewis said. “I just want to make plays for the team and have fun out there. I had a lot of fun out there (yesterday).” Lewis has come to the rescue at a perfect time for the Patriots. Playing without injured backs James White and Rex Burkhead last week, Lewis responded with a personal-best 129 rushing yards against the Bills. Once again, he relished the role as the featured back, touching the ball 32 times (61 in two weeks).
Dion Lewis takes pride in increased workload
Boston Herald | Jan 1