The New England Patriots, despite all their recent success, haven't exactly been known for their run game in recent years.
Bereft of a true bell cow back, the team has relied on a number of options at the position over the past few seasons - much to the frustration of the fantasy football community.
2015, though, has seen the emergence of Dion Lewis as the team's go-to guy when running the ball. And, so impressive has the 25-year-old been so far this campaign, the Foxboro franchise has today handed him a new two-year contract extension.
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As first reported by ESPN's Field Yates:
Prior to the season, few would have predicted Lewis, a four-year league veteran in his first season with New England, would have been in this position.
But, with 325 yards per scrimmage and four touchdowns in just three starts this year, the Pittsburgh alumni has been something of a revelation for Bill Belichick and co.
Leaving behind his one-year, $585,000 deal, the financial logistics of Lewis' new contract are as follow:
Lewis, speaking this morning, explained the logic behind agreeing a new contract at this stage rather than testing free agency next year:
"They gave me a chance, and this is how I repay them," he said via the Providence Journal.
If Lewis' ability to stay on the field even after fumbling the football (traditionally a sure-fire way of losing your spot under Belichick) wasn't enough to convince people of the Patriots belief in the young pass-catching running back, today's extension surely will be.
Patriots fans: Can Lewis keep up his impressive form, and can your team go unbeaten in 2015? Have your say in the comments below...
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