Dion Lewis has nothing but respect for the 'great coach' Rex Ryan

Mike Petraglia
September 15, 2015 - 2:26 pm

FOXBORO -- Dion Lewis has apparently been well coached. The 24-year-old Patriots running back isn't taking the bait from Rex Ryan after the Bills head coach said that any running back could do well with Tom Brady as their quarterback. "He's a great coach, with a great defense and a great team," Lewis said. "You just have to go out there and get ready for his team." Does Lewis plan on reminding him who he is by his performance on the field? "I'm just going to do whatever my coaches ask me to do to help the team win," Lewis said. Told he might have a future as a diplomat, Lewis just smiled and added, "I'm just trying to get better every day and show my teammates I'm going to be accountable and help the team win." Lewis had 15 carries for 69 yards and four catches for 51 yards in a 28-21 win over the Steelers on opening night. But he also had one fumble at the Steelers 3 in the fourth quarter that was recovered by Rob Gronkowski at the 1. It's one of the teaching points coaches have stressed this week in film work. "I've still got a lot of work to do," Lewis said. "I've got a lot of growing to do from the film. I'm trying to get better this week, correct some of those things I messed up in the game and try to get better this week in practice." Lewis, who has overcome a fractured leg and torn ligaments in his left leg two years ago in the preseason, rededicated himself to making the Patriots roster. After he was signed on New Year's Eve by the Patriots to a future's contract, he went off to the Fischer Institute in Arizona to work out with former University of Pittsburgh Panther teammate and roommate Jon Baldwin, a former receiver with the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers. Lewis credits the hard work and dedication in the offseason in Arizona, before the Patriots won the Super Bowl in Glendale, with the head start he needed to impress coaches. "Just wanted to do something different. I had never been there before and one my roommates from college was out there working out," Lewis said. "So, we decided to out there and just try to get better. The offseason is always about getting better and I feel it was important to have that chance to be able to come here. I just wanted to be ready." Lewis said he knew if he worked his tail off during the offseason he'd have a good chance of not just making the Patriots but making an impact. "It's the way everybody works here," Lewis said. "Everybody comes in and works, and they demand that out of us. That's perfect for me because I'm always willing to work and I want to work. Just come in here every day and work like it's my last day because you never know. That's the biggest thing. "I'm a very confident person and I work hard. My teammates know I work hard, they work hard and everybody works hard. When somebody on your team does something good, everybody isn't shocked by it because you see it in practice. You know how hard everybody works." DraftKings Football season is underway and DraftKings is crowning two new millionaires this weekend! Prizes worth $10 million are up for grabs, including $2 million for first AND $1 million for second! PLAY IN THE WEEK 2 MILLIONAIRE MAKER, CLICK HERE.