Patriots sign Dion Lewis to a 2-year extension

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This was the perfect intersection of talent, team fit and a player looking for security after a volatile start to his career. Love it.
 

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Wow, that's a great deal for the Pats. And good for Lewis as well. He came into camp just fighting for a job, and now he's got a bit of security for the next couple of years.
 

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Wow.  Great deal.
 
The only 2016s UFAs that have played a meaningful number of offensive or defensive snaps this year for the Patriots are Bradley Fletcher, Tarell Brown, and LGBT.  That's pretty amazing.
 

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Wow, that is impressive I have high hopes for Brown, still, but remarkable to be able to have the core signed, sealed and delivered -- Brown has yet to prove it on the field.  
 
I already loved Lewis, but knowing BB has this much faith in him just adds to that. 
 

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WOW this seems like a big win given the role he's played so far. So versatile and very much the type of player that fits into this system. Hope he's around for another extension.
 
Even more baffling about this move is that they could have just as easily dumped Lewis and signed Richardson to the same deal, as he's currently a free agent. It's moves like this that make a lot of people wonder if Belichick has lost his fastball.
 

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What encourages me is that this suggests Belichick knows he has something worthwhile, not just a little hot streak of three lucky games for a guy filling time until LGBT got back in the swing of things.
 

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mt8thsw9th said:
Even more baffling about this move is that they could have just as easily dumped Lewis and signed Richardson to the same deal, as he's currently a free agent. It's moves like this that make a lot of people wonder if Belichick has lost his fastball.
I'm assuming sarcasm here?? I've been slow today so can't trust myself.

Edit: good it's not just me
 

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The most amazing thing to me is that he is BETTER than Vereen, in every aspect of his game. That was a concern going into the season that was just forgotten about. 
 

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It's hard to believe after Vereen left that I'd feel we'd have an upgrade on him so fast.  Lewis is far more versatile than Vereen in that he can run between the tackles effectively plus he's as dynamic or more in the passing game.
 

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It's hard to believe after Vereen left that I'd feel we'd have an upgrade on him so fast.  Lewis is far more versatile than Vereen in that he can run between the tackles effectively plus he's as dynamic or more in the passing game.
Vereen had better hands and didn't fumble as much. Otherwise, advantage Lewis.
 

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Vereen had better hands and didn't fumble as much. Otherwise, advantage Lewis.
 
100% on the fumbling, not sure on the hands. If this kid can fix the fumbling issue, then it's amazing the Pats actually upgraded Vereen for peanuts.
 
Next man up!
 

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Better hands couldn't catch a wheel route
 
My thought exactly. 
 
 
Did a web search and all I could find was this.  Which is the opposite.  Nice hands.
 
 

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100% on the fumbling, not sure on the hands. If this kid can fix the fumbling issue, then it's amazing the Pats actually upgraded Vereen for peanuts.
 
Next man up!
I'm honestly not so surprised. The amount of RB talent out there is really expansive, and I think most production in the area comes when you find individuals with the right skill-set to fit into your system. Give BB and offseason and I'm pretty confident you'll be getting similar production to the prior season at the RB position.
 

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My thought exactly. 
 
 
Did a web search and all I could find was this.  Which is the opposite.  Nice hands.
 
I still don't think that pass was meant for him.
 

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His agent must be the anti-Boras.  Seems like an incredibly team-friendly deal that the Pats would have been crazy not to offer/accept.
 
Lewis had not played a regular-season snap in two years due to injury, he's not a big guy, and it seems like he's going to get a lot of playing time (which means his chances of getting hurt again are high).  He'd have been a fool not to take guaranteed money.
 

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I love that butt fumble has it's own wikipedia page.
 

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I love that butt fumble has it's own wikipedia page.
So many amazing passages to choose from
Aftermath:
With the extra point, the Patriots took a 21–0 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, Jets return specialist Joe McKnight fumbled; the Patriots' Julian Edelman recovered the fumble in mid-air, and returned it 22 yards for yet another touchdown. The Patriots' lead widened to 28–0,[8] as the Patriots scored 21 points in 52 seconds of game time.[23] The TV cameras found Rex Ryan on the sideline exclaiming, "Un-fucking-believable!"[10] Some Jets fans left MetLife Stadium; others booed and chanted for backup quarterback Tim Tebow to take over.[24] By the two-minute warning before half time, the score was 35–0, and the stadium loudspeakers played "It Ain't Over 'til It's Over."[25] Fireman Ed left the game before halftime, and he would retire his role as the team's unofficial mascot following the game.[26][27]
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butt_fumble
 

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If there are academy awards for Wikipedia articles, that deserves one. A thoroughly excellent piece of work.
 
When the fumble occurred, Moore was not aware that his buttocks had caused it; he learned of his role only after the game.
 
It is indeed fantastic.
 

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In the audio commentary, Collinsworth goes on and on about how Wilfork made the play by "forklifting" Moore into Sanchez.  I just don't see it.  To my eyes, Wilfork is holding Moore steady but Sanchez just seems to run his face directly into Moore's butt.  Once that happens, it allows Wilfork to push Moore over Sanchez who also seemed to have kicked Moore's feet out from under him.

An incredible (in the literal sense of un-believe-able) play, but more on Sanchez than Wilfork, I think.
 

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RedOctober3829 said:
Glad he could catch a ball with no one within 30 yards of him.  Love him, but dropped so many of those passes.
To add to this: Vereen's career catch % (completions/targets) is 68%. Someone like Woodhead is at 76%, Faulk was at 75%, Sproles is at 76%. Bearing in mind that some decent chunk of targets are uncatchable in the first place, that's a pretty decent additional volume of drops.
 

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bowiac said:
To add to this: Vereen's career catch % (completions/targets) is 68%. Someone like Woodhead is at 76%, Faulk was at 75%, Sproles is at 76%. Bearing in mind that some decent chunk of targets are uncatchable in the first place[\b], that's a pretty decent additional volume of drops.

True, but surely the receiver plays a role on *some* balls being uncatchable. And all those guys are normalized by having the same quarterback throw to them.