Patriots reach an agreement with Panthers defensive tackle Damione Lewis

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    Patriots reach an agreement with Panthers defensive tackle Damione Lewis

    Source: Patriots, Lewis agree to deal
    By Adam Schefter

    In continuing to try to improve their front seven, the New England Patriots reached an agreement Friday with former Panthers defensive tackle Damione Lewis, according to a league source.

    The deal will be announced next week.

    Lewis was a late addition to this year's free-agent crop -- the Panthers released him just before the signing period began last month -- despite the fact that he started all 16 games last season for Carolina. Lewis initially was one of the St. Louis Rams' three first-round picks in 2001.

    Lewis was scheduled to earn $755,000 this season had he played with Carolina. His salary with New England likely will not be all that different, but will include a low amount of guaranteed money.

    Adam Schefter is ESPN's NFL Insider

     
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    Re: Patriots reach an agreement with Panthers defensive tackle Damione Lewis

    Depth never hurts
     
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    Re: Patriots reach an agreement with Panthers defensive tackle Damione Lewis

    Anyone with any shot at playing the 5-technique is a good signing at this point.
     
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    Re: Patriots reach an agreement with Panthers defensive tackle Damione Lewis

    Interesting pickup.  Started 31 games in the past 2 yrs for Carolina.  Here's a 2009 scouting report courtesy of ESPN - Scouts Inc:

    Comment: Lewis is a nine-year veteran who started 15 games last season. He is an athletic DT who has a quick first step and can create penetration early off the ball. He has good recognition skills inside. He uses his hands well to take on blocks and he has enough strength to shed and make plays inside. He also is quick enough to disrupt blocking schemes with his ability to get upfield. He changes direction well and shows good range down the line of scrimmage. As a pass-rusher Lewis can get on a lineman's edge quickly and he shows good hand use to get around the corner. He will play high at times but he has enough athleticism to keep his feet when he is getting chipped. He gives good second effort to recover if he loses leverage quickly off the ball. He's quick with his hands, knows how to counter and does a good job of working off the inside frame of a guard or center.



     
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    Re: Patriots reach an agreement with Panthers defensive tackle Damione Lewis

    The Patriots have agreed to a contract with veteran free-agent defensive lineman Damione Lewis, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The move adds depth to the team's defensive line, where the biggest hole is at right defensive end.

    The 32-year-old Lewis has played mostly in 4-3 defenses, as a defensive tackle, with the Rams (2001-2005) and Panthers (2006-2009).

    The Patriots value versatility among their defensive linemen and figure to see how Lewis (6-2, 301) looks at different spots across the line, but his primary value will probably come as an interior rusher, a role previously held by Jarvis Green (now with the Broncos). A contract for Lewis wouldn't figure to be a bank-breaker, so his addition looks like a low-cost move with little risk from a team perspective. It also gives the club some more flexibility entering the draft.

    Ty Warren returns at left defensive end, with Vince Wilfork the starter at nose tackle. The big question comes at right defensive end, where six-year veteran Mike Wright would probably be the starter if the season opened today.

    Second-year players Myron Pryor, Ron Brace and Darryl Richard are also in the mix as backup options. Pryor is more of an interior option, while Brace and Richard are possible options at end.

    Lewis entered the NFL as a first-round draft choice out of the University of Miami (12th overall).
     
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    Re: Patriots reach an agreement with Panthers defensive tackle Damione Lewis

    Of course the Globe was one of the last to report this........

     
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    Re: Patriots reach an agreement with Panthers defensive tackle Damione Lewis

    great depth signing but I don't see him as Green's replacement. I think he'll end up being in a rotation with Pyror and Wright. I wonder if this means they don't have faith in Brace and how will this affect the draft. With him we have 6 players on the line, does that push DE out of the first 2 rounds? I think it atleast pushes it out of the 1st, so goodbye Odrick imo. Carrington and Houston is still possible in the 2nd but with needs in OLB, WR, OL, and possible needs in TE and RB it might be a position where need and talent goes towards the other positions.
     
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    Re: Patriots reach an agreement with Panthers defensive tackle Damione Lewis

    This seems like a typical Patriots signing where I walk away saying "Big Deal".
     
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    Re: Patriots reach an agreement with Panthers defensive tackle Damione Lewis

    Another 300 pounder on the D-line makes BB a little easier.  All three AFC East rivals are going to come at the Patriots with a running game alone, as opposed to the Patriots' pass-happy eight-yards-at-a-time attack, and as opposed to a balanced attack.  Every extra 300 pound D-lineman says, "You're not wearing us down" and "You're not going anywhere."

    In this nightmare year for free agents, guys who were making $5 million a year and starting last December are now on sale for $775,000.  Speaking of which, the Building 19 in Warwick, RI isn't having a (second time for much of the merchandise) water damage sale until employees can actually wade through the sewage lake to their store.  Here's hoping Damoine Lewis isn't completely washed up and stinking.

    BB is a guy with an unlimited checkbook in a Building 19.  I say he's not done.
     
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    Re: Patriots reach an agreement with Panthers defensive tackle Damione Lewis

    a good pick up. was a first round pick in 2001, plus he's a "Cane. should be sme good chemistry between him and VW.
     

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