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Dion Lewis on facing Patriots: 'I’ve got a lot of friends there, but there’s no friends on Sunday'

Ryan Hannable
November 08, 2018 - 11:25 am

There are a number of Titans players who will be facing their former team on Sunday when the Patriots travel to Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

One of those players is running back Dion Lewis, who signed a four-year, $19.8 million deal with the Titans this offseason after the Patriots didn't really make an effort to re-sign him.

Speaking to Jeff Howe of The Athletic on Wednesday, Lewis said there are no hard feelings.

“I’ve got a lot of friends there, but there’s no friends on Sunday," he said.

Added Lewis: “The only thing that really matters is what I do going forward. The money is cool and everything, but I had money before that. So it’s not a big deal to me. I just want to go out there and prove what I can do and play hard like I always do. I don’t really think about money. I play because I love the game. If you play through something for money, you’re not going to be pretty good at it. So I always play this game and will always play this game until it’s not fun anymore. Obviously, you can’t play forever, but as long as I’m having fun and can still do things I know I can do on the field, I’ll play as long as I can.”

So far this season Lewis has carried the Tennessee offense. The shifty back has rushed for 339 yards and a touchdown on 92 carries, while adding 33 catches out of the backfield for 259 yards and a touchdown.

Lewis acknowledged there is a bit more pressure for him to perform given his current contract, but he doesn't think about it too much.

“I guess you could say that, just a little bit,” Lewis said. “The way I play, I make guys miss. I might try to do a little too much on some plays, but for the most part, I do stay true to myself and I know what type of player I am. It’s more about proving to myself and showing people what I can do. That’s what my motivation is all the time, just going out there and showing what kind of player I am because I missed so much at the beginning of my career that I feel like I’ve got to keep continuing to show it.”

Still, Lewis thinks he can be even better.

“I can be better. I don’t think I’ve played my best football yet this year,” he said. “I make plays, but I expect to do that. I’m just real hard on myself. I know I can still play a lot better. We’ve got eight more games left. I think this second half of the season will definitely be big. We can do some good things out there.”

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