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Sleeper handcuff: Dion Lewis
Posted Mar. 28 at 05:51 AM
There aren't many better running backs in the NFL, fantasy or otherwise, than LeSean McCoy. He plays full-time, he's young, and he's helped by the presence of one of the league's most dangerous running quarterbacks in Michael Vick. Some of those same factors will make his backup a nice late-round flier this season, and it's possible that player will be second-year back Dion Lewis.
"This is a heckuva player, very productive in college," says Eagles general manager Howie Roseman of Lewis. "Every time he touched the ball (as a rookie) you felt like there was a chance for something positive to happen."
Lewis was the team's fifth-round pick last year, and carried the ball only 23 times; he was stuck behind Ronnie Brown. But he averaged 4.4 yards per carry, compared to Brown's 3.2, and Brown is a free agent who won't return.
The Eagles will probably add a running back through the draft or free agency, but it's not expected to be an area the team spends a high pick on, and the free agents available are unremarkable. Come August, the backup job could well be Lewis's.
Roseman's interview, linked above, also talks about the possibility of an Asante Samuel trade, and Michael Vick's backup -- another important position given Vick's career-long durability concerns.
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