If this were Pokemon, GM Ryan Grigson would be trying to “catch them all”, when it comes to acquiring his former players with the Philadelphia Eagles. On Tuesday, it was reported that the Colts have signed former Eagle, RB Dion Lewis, to an undisclosed 2-year deal.
Originally a 5th round pick of the Eagles in 2011, Dion Lewis had a tremendous collegiate career at Pittsburgh, in which he rushed for 2,860 yards on 544 carries and 30 TD’s in his two seasons there. In fact, he ranks 5th all-time in rushing yards at his alma mater in just two seasons, one spot ahead of current NFL All-Pro Eagles’ Running back and former teammate, LeSean McCoy.
Unfortunately for Lewis, his impressive collegiate career hasn’t translated as smoothly to the pros. In 2 seasons (24 games) with the Eagles, McCoy rushed 36 times for 171 yards and 2 TD’s for a healthy 4.8 ypc. Often stuck behind the aforementioned McCoy and his talented rushing back-up, Bryce Brown, Lewis was traded to the Cleveland Browns for LB Emmanuel Acho in April of 2013. He never played a meaningful snap for the Browns in 2013; however, as he suffered a season-ending fractured left fibula in preseason and was cut as part of this year’s final 53-man rosters.
For the Colts, he’s a talented running back, and it gives them considerable depth behind Richardson and Bradshaw with Dan “Boom” Herron also in the fold. It also signals the end to 4th-string RB, Zurlon Tipton, as he was cut in a corresponding move.