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Dion Lewis signs two-year contract extension with New England Patriots

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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.

Showing faith

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.

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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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