New Titans running back Dion Lewis is eager to help his new club and to team with Derrick Henry in the Tennessee backfield.
The Titans signed Lewis, 28, to a four-year, $20 million deal that also carries another $3 million in incentives.
Lewis rushed for 896 yards for the Patriots in 2017 and also caught 32 passes for 214 yards. Between rushing and receiving, Lewis scored nine touchdowns this past season.
He will share carries with Henry, who led the Titans with 744 yards last season, while
backing up the since released DeMarco Murray for most of the season.
Lewis should provide the Titans with versatility as a runner and receiver, while Henry will be relied upon to run mostly between the tackles as the Titans big back.
At his introductory press conference on Thursday, Lewis said he is ready to team with Henry and believes the duo will have success.
“It’s a great situation. I’m excited to work with the coaching staff. I’m looking forward to teaming with Henry. He’s a great back, a big back. We can work together, we’re two different styles, but both of us are hard to tackle,” Lewis said.
Lewis, who split time with Rex Burkhead and LeGarrette Blount in New England last season, said he has no problem splitting the carries with Henry in Tennessee.
“I’m coming from a situation where I’ve shared the ball. I’m used to it, but at the same time, I’m coming to compete,” he said. “I just want to come in here and work hard and be here every day. Each of us can use our skill set to benefit each other.”