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Brandon Bolden operated as the Patriots' 1st-team passing-down back in Friday night's preseason game.  He finished with 5 carries for 12 yards and 0 catches on 1 target.  Dion Lewis was the change-of-pace back with QB Jimmy Garoppolo and the 2nd-team offense.  He looked good in hauling in all 4 of his targets for 20 yards and a score.  RB James White, meanwhile, didn't get on the field as far as we could tell.  This situation remains as muddy as even with less than 2 weeks until New England's opener.  Avoid all 3 guys in fantasy drafts.

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Patriots RB James White is getting the "majority" of the 1st-team reps, according to insider Phil Perry.  White appears to have the early lead to replace Shane Vereen as New England's passing-down back.  He'll need to hold off Travaris Cadet and Dion Lewis for the gig over the next month.  If he can, White will be a prime sleeper for your PPR drafts.

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11 months ago

The Colts have signed RB Dion Lewis.  He was cut by the Browns in late August after averaging 2.5 yards per carry and losing a fumble in the preseason.  The 23-year-old does sport a career 4.8 yards-per-carry average on 36 totes.  But at 5'8 and 195 pounds, he'll max out as a change-of-pace back.  Lewis could emerge as Indy's #3 RB but is a long shot to make any fantasy noise.

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2 years ago

The Browns have placed RB Dion Lewis on IR, ending his 2013 season.  Lewis was looking like the #2 RB but broke his leg in the 2nd preseason game and was unlikely to contribute this year. Cleveland is left with Brandon Jackson and Chris Ogbonnaya behind Trent Richardson for now.  Montario Hardesty is on the mend from a knee scope.  We wouldn't bother handcuffing T-Rich.

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Browns RB Trent Richardson is a candidate to lead the league in carries this season.  Now he might see an increased role in the passing game with RB Dion Lewis out with a broken leg.  Lewis was set to play a change-of-pace, pass-catching role.  But he's out for most or all of the season, and T-Rich will pick up the slack.  “Ultimately you’d like Trent to have some of that role, particularly in two-minute situations, end-of-the-game situations," OC Norv Turner said.  "You’d like him to do some of that because if you got your best player and on third downs, he’s always on the sideline, you’re probably not taking advantage of all your guys. We can’t wear Trent out, but we have to be able to use him in some of those situations.”  The Browns are going to ride Richardson all season.  If he can stay healthy, we love his odds of finishing as a top-5 fantasy RB.

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2 years ago

Updating a previous item, Browns RB Dion Lewis broke his left fibula in Thursday night's matchup with Detroit.  The injury appears likely to end his season.  That will open the team's #2 job back up to Montario Hardesty -- if he ever gets healthy -- Chris Ogbonnaya and Brandon Jackson.  If anything, that group should only inspire coaches to give Trent Richardson more touches.

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2 years ago

Browns RB Dion Lewis left the field in Detroit on a cart Thursday night after suffering an apparent left ankle injury.  No word yet on the severity, but it's obviously bad news for a guy who has done nothing but impress his new team.  Lewis had risen to #2 on the depth chart behind Trent Richardson, helped by Montario Hardesty's various injuries.  We'll see how things sort out from here.

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Browns RB Montario Hardesty will have his knee scoped Thursday.  That figures to knock him out for at least a couple weeks.  The oft-injured back had already missed time this offseason with hamstring and thumb problems.  Once considered a safe bet to win the backup RB job, Hardesty now isn't even a lock to make Cleveland's roster.  Dion Lewis has emerged as the #2 RB and the handcuff to Trent Richardson.  If T-Rich does miss time this season, though, the Browns would likely deploy a committee with Lewis, Brandon Jackson and Chris Ogbonnaya.

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Browns RB Montario Hardesty came away from Monday's practice with a right thumb injury.  We don't yet know if it's serious, but either way it's just the latest negative for a guy who can't seem seize any of the repeated opportunities.  Every Hardesty ding only further solidifies Dion Lewis as the #2 behind Trent Richardson.

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The Browns have ruled RB Trent Richardson out of Thursday night's preseason opener against the Rams.  HC Rob Chudzinski said that Richardson and S T.J. Ward would play if it were a real game but that there's no reason to toss either out there for an exhibition.  "It's the preseason,'' Chudzinski told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "We have a plan for that and we're making sure he gets reps as needed out here in practice and we build him to be ready for the beginning of the season.''  Richardson has been dealing with a minor shin injury, while Ward has had hamstring soreness.  RB Montario Hardesty and rookie CB Leon McFadden will also sit out.  The absences of Richardson and Hardesty leave Philly import RB Dion Lewis to start amid his impressive training camp.  We'll be watching to see if he can take over the #2 RB job.

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2 years ago

Browns backup RB Dion Lewis has been the "surprise at camp so far," according to ESPN Cleveland's Will Burge.  Burge notes that Lewis has "awed everyone with his speed, moves, and catching ability," adding that Lewis' game is "fast and full-go all the time."  Lewis is getting 2nd-team reps while RB Montario Hardesty sits with a bum hamstring.  Hardesty owns a career 3.5 yards-per-carry average in 2 unimpressive years with Cleveland, and the injury isn't helping his case.  Lewis didn't have much opportunity in Philly from 2011-12, but has a 4.8 YPC average on 36 career attempts.  Trent Richardson owners will want to keep an eye on this camp battle to determine the appropriate handcuff.

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2 years ago

The Eagles have traded RB Dion Lewis to the Browns in exchange for LB Emmanuel Acho.  Lewis wasn't a fit in new HC Chip Kelly's offense.  In Cleveland, he'll vie for touches behind RB Trent Richardson.  Lewis is undersized at 5'8 and 195 pounds, but he's got some juice in his legs.  He's averaged 4.8 yards per carry in limited action over the past 2 years.  He could earn a change-of-pace role with the Browns, although Hardesty remains the favorite for the true backup job.  That means Lewis won't be worth considering in 2013 fantasy football drafts.

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