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Eagles Draft RB, Dion Lewis To Backup LeSean McCoy

The Birds just grabbed Pittsburgh running back Dion Lewis, who is on the small side with great quickness and a tremendous burst. He excelled as both a runner and receiver in college. He should fit in well as a backup for his former teammate at Pittsburgh, LeSean McCoy.

Jerome Harrison, who backed up McCoy a year ago, is going to be a free agent, so they need somebody to step into that role and take his place.

Lewis is only 5’7″ and weighs 195 pounds. He ran the forty-yard dash in the 4.5 range, so he’s got good speed but he’s not a burner. His best quality is his quickness. Lewis is as quick as a cat, when it comes to changing directions. The smallish running back has tremendous stop and start quickness, which allows him to avoid big hits and make tackles miss in the open field.

He’s very strong for his height and does a great job of picking up the blitz. The Pitt Panther can be a serious headache when he gets in the open field.

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paulman
paulman
April 30, 2011 4:44 pm

I am not familiar with him.. Who has the scoop on this guy.. Where’s those Pitt Alums who can tell us about him…

jott1972
jott1972
April 30, 2011 5:24 pm

@Paulman – not a Pitt alumm but I have seen this kids play a few times..

He is the perfect compliment to McCoy in the Eagles offense… say goodbye to the waste of a roster space they call Buckley..
Lewis is going to add the most value returning kicks where the Eagles were putrid last season. He gives the Eagles options in the passing game where they can go with a 2 backfield set of him and McCoy and cause mismatches for opposing LB’s and Safeties… great pick!

nev856
nev856
April 30, 2011 5:43 pm

doesn,t he favor that little dude in san diego or who was in san diego . he is a dangerous long ball threat.

paulman
paulman
April 30, 2011 5:55 pm

Sounds good Jott1972 and thanks for the info..
Coach AR loves those 5’7″ to -5’9″ RB’s who can catch,return and get out in the open field..
I was hoping they grab the FB from Pitt (Hypnoski), he’s a horse that guy
I thought we would see a TE and FB selected with all these picks for I thinkn there needs to be some competitions at these positions and I don’t think L Weaver wil make it back from his Knee Injury with nerve damage back to being able to play

BigE
BigE
April 30, 2011 7:35 pm

G you say this:
“He’s very strong for his height and does a great job of picking up the blitz”

Scouting reports say he is a poor pass blocker and takes the wrong angles
on defenders.

schiller
schiller
April 30, 2011 7:59 pm

big – do you think disagreements among scouts and analysts are rare?

BigE
BigE
April 30, 2011 8:29 pm

Schiller- do you think agreements between scouts and analysts are rare?

paulman
paulman
April 30, 2011 8:39 pm

Yes on both accounts… ha ha

nsidious
nsidious
May 1, 2011 5:22 pm

G:
It’s hard to tackle a cat, no matter how big. He can probably hide behind the OL, and make the defense pay for over-committing. Sounds like a nice addition, really.

FanSince1960
FanSince1960
May 2, 2011 3:30 am

Jerome Harrison played very well for us when given the chance. Excellent in fact. I hope we resign him.

paulman
paulman
May 2, 2011 9:21 am

I agree FS1960
The Problem is that Jerome may want to go a team where he is utilized a little more , He’s not getting any younger and probably wants more carries and more opportunities.. Look for the Redskins and or Dolphins to be intersted in his services where he may be able to compete for more carries and possibly even a starter’s spot in Washington & Miami..