Lewis has been Mr. Con­sis­tency for Ti­tans

USA TODAY International Edition - - SPORTS - David Am­men­heuser

the Ti­tans sea­son reaches its mid­point, the ca­sual fan might be sur­prised at who has emerged as the team’s most con­sis­tent offen­sive per­former.

Run­ning back Dion Lewis was not well known by many fans be­fore the start of the sea­son. Signed as a free agent to a four-year, $20 mil­lion con­tract in the offsea­son, Lewis has has been Mr. Con­sis­tency and had an­other strong per­for­mance against Dal­las on “Mon­day Night Foot­ball” in the Ti­tans’ 28-14 vic­tory over the Cowboys.

Lewis rushed for a team-high 19 car­ries and 62 yards. He also caught four passes for 60 yards, in­clud­ing an 18yard touch­down.

Through eight games, Lewis has a team-high 92 rushes for 339 yards. He has also caught 33 passes for 259 yards. He has two TDs.

“My job is to go out there and make plays, pro­tect the ball and make plays for this offense,” he said. “We’re a good team. I try to do a lit­tle too much at times, but I think I did OK. I still have a lot of room to im­prove to help this team be where we want to be.”

Lewis’ 18-yard TD on a screen pass gave the Ti­tans their first lead.

“It was a good call at the right time,” Ten­nessee coach Mike Vra­bel said. “All those plays, man, they’re all ex­e­cu­tion. It’s all about the play­ers. The play­ers are able to get out and get on a sec­ond level. Rush­ers up the field. De­liver the ball where the run­ner can run af­ter the catch and then get some blocks and then some­body mak­ing a move with the ball. That’s what it comes down to.”

Mean­while, the other ex­pected of­fen­sive stars have strug­gled with conAs sis­tency or in­juries this sea­son.

Tight end De­lanie Walker was in­jured in the sea­son-open­ing game and will not re­turn this sea­son.

Quar­ter­back Mar­cus Mar­i­ota was in­jured in the opener, missed the sec­ond game and has strug­gled with nerve dam­age in his right el­bow. He has thrown for 1,270 yards and has as many TD passes (five) as he does in­ter­cep­tions.

Wide re­ceiver Corey Davis had a huge game against Philadel­phia when he caught nine passes for 161 yards, in­clud­ing the win­ning TD in over­time. How­ever, Davis has not had more than six re­cep­tions or more than 62 re­ceiv­ing yards in any of the other seven games.

Run­ning back Derrick Henry has 300 rush­ing yards and just eight re­cep­tions. The third-year run­ning back has not rushed for more than 57 yards in any game.


Ti­tans run­ning back Dion Lewis to­taled 122 yards with a TD catch Mon­day night.

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