There’s been some speculation that Titans running back Dion Lewis could be on the roster bubble, but it sounds like the veteran isn’t going anywhere. Veteran NFL reporters Paul Kuharsky tweets that Lewis is “not on any bubble” and is “on the roster without question.”
This isn’t overly surprising news, as the Titans inked Lewis to a four-year, $20MM deal last offseason. However, the “roster bubble” speculation wasn’t completely unfounded. Lewis saw a reduced role following the late-season emergence of Derrick Henry, and the Titans could save a chunk of money by letting go of Lewis. Specifically, the team could save $3.175MM by releasing him prior to March 17th.
On the flip side, Lewis provides running back depth and some much-needed passing-catching prowess. While his 2018 stats don’t match the numbers he compiled with the Patriots in 2017, the 28-year-old was still solid during his first season in Tennessee. In 16 games (seven starts), Lewis compiled 517 rushing yards and one touchdown, and he added a career-high 59 receptions for 400 yards and another touchdown.
If the team were to move on from Lewis, they’d still be left with plenty of running back depth. Outside of Henry, the Titans are also rostering Jeremy McNichols and Dalyn Dawkins, and ERFA David Fluellen is expected to return next season.
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