Dion Lewis has agreed to a two-year extension with the Patriots. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO — As far as Dion Lewis was concerned, signing an extension with the Patriots was a no-brainer.
The running back was on the scrap heap — the Pitt product hadn’t played most of the last two seasons prior to this season. But the faith that has been displayed in him by the Patriots over the summer and into the start of the 2015 regular season was repaid by the back, who could have held out for a more sizable deal this coming offseason if he had continued on his same path.
“They gave me a chance. That’s all I can ask for. They gave me a chance,” he said before practice on Thursday, shortly after the news broke that he had agreed to a two-year extension with the team in his first season with New England.
He added: “It’s on me to repay them. They showed a commitment to me and I just have to honor that and keep on going out there and making [it] right. They gave me a chance, and that’s how I repaid them.”
The 5-foot-8, 195-pound Lewis has been a revelation. After signing a one-year deal the Patriots in the offseason, the 25-year-old has seized command of the third-down job. Through his first three games with New England, he was one of two running backs with at least 30 carries and 15 receptions, and was one of three players with at least 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving.
“It’s a good feeling. I still have a lot of work to do — I’m just trying to stay focused and get ready for this week,” he said of the new deal.
“It means a lot. My teammates trust me — my coaches trust me,” he said. “All I can do to repay them is to come in here and work hard every day and give them all I got. It’s good that my teammates and coaches find me accountable.”
And he’s certainly not going to let the new deal go to his head.
“No, not at all,” he said when asked if newfound job security will alter his approach. “Anything can still happen. I just have to continue to do what I’ve been doing, coming into work every day and just trying to get better.”
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