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Enough about Collins: What about Dion Lewis?

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Enough about Collins: What about Dion Lewis?

We interrupt the all-Jamie-Collins-all-the-time stories that have flooded your timeline over the last 24 hours to update you on a player who was playing as well as any running back in football prior to blowing out his knee against Washington last year: Dion Lewis.

You remember him? Of course you do. His return to the practice field last week had everyone amped about a possible return as soon as this past weekend against Buffalo. It didn’t happen -- wisely, I might add -- but Lewis appears on track to make a return, if not the 13th of November versus Seattle, then surely at San Francisco the following week.

We have very little intel on Lewis, in terms of what he was able to do at practice last week. Media availability is usually limited to stretches, maybe a drill or two. Can Lewis accelerate like he did last year? Can he stop and start on a dime? Is that jump cut still lethal? I asked running backs coach Ivan Fears what he’s seen so far, and what’s fair in terms of expectations.

“That’s always hard to,” said Fears about what he thinks Lewis will be upon his return. “We haven’t seen him that much, let’s be honest. He just started practicing with us and hopefully we’ll see a lot more in the next couple of days here and of course next week.”

Considering Lewis has had two knee surgeries in less than a year, including the setback suffered somewhere between OTA’s and training camp, Fears says the Pats need to be cautious.

“We’ll let Dion sort of tell us where he is,” he said, “but from what I’ve seen of him so far, Dion looks really good, he really does, he really looks good. So I don’t want to say much more than that because until you start going live with real bullets flying around, it’s hard to know what he’s going to do.”

But was the smile on Fears face an indicator that he thinks Lewis may be a lot more like the player he was rather than a meteor that lit up the night sky in 2015 and then crashed to earth, never to be seen again? Considering how good the pint-sized powerhouse was, Pats fans can only hope.

Julian Edelman posts video of resistance-band training

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Julian Edelman posts video of resistance-band training

Julian Edelman is grinding.

The New England Patriots receiver, who is recovering from an ACL repair surgery that ended his 2017 season, shared a quick video from his workout on Tuesday. Edelman is shown running with a resistance band and a trainer in-tow.

Edelman has posted a few tidbits on social media to show encouraging signs during his recovery since he got surgery in October after suffering an ACL tear in a preseason game. He was spotted around the locker room a few times during the final weeks of the 2017 season.

"Rehab is a [expletive]. It sucks," Edelman said in November on Barstool Sports' "Pardon My Take podcast." "You go in and you’re feeling decent and then you warm up, you beat it up and then you get stiff again. I mean it’s just a process and you go in six days a week and you’re going into work it, work on everything — your flexion, your extension."

Jesse James relieved Patriots didn't win Super Bowl LII

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Jesse James relieved Patriots didn't win Super Bowl LII

Steelers tight end Jesse James is glad the Patriots' Super Bowl pursuit is done -- mostly because he played a big part in helping accelerate it.

In the final moments of the game, James failed to catch the ball during a Week 15 contest between the Steelers and the Patriots. The non-catch was a controversial one.

James told Centre Daily Times' Josh Moyer he finally felt relief on the morning after the Super Bowl when the Patriots fell to the Eagles, 41-33.

“I don’t feel like I gave them a Super Bowl with that,” James told the Daily Times. “So I’m over it now, but it’s going to be a topic of conversation until the rule gets changed — or it doesn’t.”

James' play was initially ruled a touchdown before the referees overturned the play, and took the lead away from the Steelers in the final moments of the game. Ben Roethlisberger then threw an interception a few plays later. By winning, the Patriots took a huge step in locking themselves into the AFC's top seed with a first-round bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs, which they rode into the Super Bowl.

But of course, they couldn't finish their Super Bowl pursuit -- to James' satisfaction.