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New Titans running back Dion Lewis: Patriots didn't want me

Ryan Hannable
August 15, 2018 - 6:04 pm

Dion Lewis had the best year of his NFL career last season when he played in all 16 games, rushed for 896 yards and six touchdowns, while adding 214 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

He was one of the most sought after running back free agents in the league and ended up signing a four-year, $19.8 million deal with the Titans. Even though the Patriots re-signed Rex Burkhead and signed Jeremy Hill, the team never made a real effort to bring back Lewis.

“I’m happy with the decision, and this is the decision I would’ve made even if they did offer,” Lewis told Ben Volin of The Boston Globe. “If they wanted me they could’ve had me. But obviously, they didn’t want me, they didn’t think I was good enough to be there. I just had to move on and do what’s best for me.”

Lewis said he won't let his new contract allow him to get complacent.

“I always carry a chip on my shoulder, always eager to prove the kind of player I am, and that’s not going to change just because I got a contract. I’m self-motivated. I feel like I’m a great player and I’m always eager to show what type of player I am," he said. "I get more mad at myself than the coaches get mad at me. I’m extremely hard on myself and I expect a lot. And I think that I can do a lot better than I did last year. That’s what most of my motivation comes from – I know that I could raise my game to another level and I look forward to being able to do that here.”

Lewis will join Derrick Henry in the Tennessee backfield and the two have the chance to be one of the better running back duos in the entire league.

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