Patriots Position Switch: Dion Lewis as a cornerback?
Welcome to another installment in our New England Patriots Position Switch series. Today, we are going to puzzle over the possibility of Dion Lewis playing cornerback.
Alright, first off, this would never happen. NEVER. In a few of our Patriots Position Switch articles, this writer has contended that Rob Gronkowski would make a good linebacker, Julian Edelman a good corner and Dont’a Hightower a good running back, but this case of Lewis suiting up as a defensive back is pretty ridiculous.
Recent installments in Patriots Position Switch Series:
Patriots Position Switch: RB Dont’a Hightower
Patriots Position Switch: CB Julian Edelman
Patriots Position Switch: LB LeGarrette Blount
Look, Lewis is a freak of an athlete, but his height would make him a huge liability on defense. He is currently listed at 5-foot-8 on the Patriots’ official roster, but that’s a bit generous; Lewis is probably closer to 5-foot-6 (the height of this writer). Simply put, quarterbacks would have a field day throwing Lewis’ direction. As would the receivers going against Lewis.
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While Lewis weighs a solid 195 pounds for such a short football player, he wears that weight pretty thin. You wouldn’t want Lewis being forced to tackle big, bulky running backs and wide receivers. In today’s NFL, cornerbacks are expected to prevent running backs from busting up the sideline; Lewis would not be able to shed his blocker, and he also wouldn’t be able to regularly make that tackle.
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Alright, that’s enough beating up on the little guy. The fact remains that Lewis is a truly special OFFENSIVE talent, and hopefully his stay on the PUP list isn’t long. The Patriots need Lewis’ spark plug-esque contributions to both the running and the passing game.
Unlike offensive teammates Edelman and Blount, there is not a place for Lewis on defense as well. He should play exclusively offense.
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Lewis would never make it in the NFL as a cornerback, right? If you have an argument that he would, expel it below.