It took three seasons for Dion Lewis to develop from Bill Belichick’s latest redemption project and into the Patriots’ most important running back. That hard work — and New England’s 32-4 record with him in the lineup — paid off in the form of a four-year deal with the Tennessee Titans, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
The deal is an affirmation of Lewis’ talent and newfound resilience. The 5’8 tailback was part of a solid lineage of NFL-bound running backs at the University of Pittsburgh, but struggled to make an impact after being selected in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He failed to crack the Eagles’ starting lineup in his first two seasons as a pro before being traded to the Browns in 2013. A broken leg kept him from the field that season, and he’d be cut by both Cleveland and Indianapolis before signing a future/reserve contract with the Patriots.
A 2018 call-up is less likely for Cease, who pitched all of last season at Single-A. But he has a blazing fastball and healthy strikeout rate to rival Kopech’s, so he is not far away.
Juggling so much young talent and managing the task of continuing their development as they get the call to the majors requires just the right person, and Abreu was clear about his feelings on White Sox manager Rick Renteria.
Or maybe Glennon or a rookie will become the answer if Bradford gets hurt again.
For me, that’s too many maybes.
In all likelihood, the Bradford acquisition will move the Cardinals closer to where the Rams once were the season they drafted him in 2010: possessor of the top overall pick after finishing with the NFL’s worst record the previous year.
Sam Bradford, QB* Headed to: Arizona Cardinals | Age: 30 News: Bradford to sign with the Cardinals Weinfuss: A healthy Bradford is what Cardinals are counting on Bradford demonstrated in Week 1 what he can do when healthy, carving up the Saints for 346 yards and three touchdowns.
But after a long history of knee injuries caught up to him, forcing surgery and limiting him to two starts this season, it’s fair to wonder how a team could commit to him for anything more than an incentive-laden flier.