FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — To be a productive member of the New England Patriots, it's usually best to approach the game plan each week with adaptive eyes.
No one has learned that lesson more this season than receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
When he was traded by Oakland to the Patriots in March, Patterson arrived in New England hoping to land a place on Tom Brady's receiving corps following an offseason shake-up that saw the departures of both Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Derrick Henry possibly is running out of time with the Tennessee Titans.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans running back Derrick Henry makes it very clear he is not happy with himself and his "rough" start this season.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Vrabel took a timeout late in overtime with the Tennessee Titans facing their third fourth down, then the first-year coach pulled kicker Ryan Succop off the field.
Marcus Mariota, Corey Davis and the rest of the Titans rewarded Vrabel for his big show of confidence.
TENNESSEE (0-0) at MIAMI (0-0)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE - Titans by 1 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Tennessee 8-7-1, Miami 5-9-2
SERIES RECORD - Dolphins lead 20-17
LAST MEETING - Dolphins beat Titans 16-10, Oct. 8, 2017
AP PRO32 RANKING - Titans No. 17, Dolphins No. 27
TITANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (15), PASS (23).
TITANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (13), RUSH (4), PASS (25).
DOLPHINS OFFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (29), PASS (18).
DOLPHINS DEFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (14), PASS (16).
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (15-4)
New faces: WR Cordarelle Patterson, RB Jeremy Hill, RB Sony Michel, QB Danny Etling, DE Adrian Clayborn, OT Trent Brown, CB Jason McCourty, DT Danny Shelton.
Key losses: Defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, WR Danny Amendola, WR Brandin Cooks, CB Malcolm Butler, CB Johnson Bademosi, RB Dion Lewis, OT Nate Solder, OT Cam Fleming.
TENNESSEE TITANS (10-8)
New faces: Coach Mike Vrabel, defensive coordinator Dean Pees, offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, CB Malcolm Butler, RB Dion Lewis, G Kevin Pamphile, QB Blaine Gabbert, G Xavier Su'a-Filo, LB Will Compton, DL Bennie Logan, LB Rashaan Evans, LB Harold Landry, S Kendrick Lewis, S Kenny Vaccaro.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans coach Mike Vrabel believes Tennessee's running back duo will be a problem for opponents.
The former linebacker refused to tip his hand when asked how he would defend Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis himself.
"I would have rather not tackled Derrick, and I would have rather not covered Dion" in the open field, said Vrabel, who played 14 years in the NFL.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Titans running back Dion Lewis has been so focused on football with his new team that he didn't realize until a few days into training camp just how special the benches on each sideline really are.
Now he takes a couple of minutes whenever possible during practice to sit and cool off.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots have signed the second of their first-round draft picks, Georgia running back Sony Michel.
New England selected Michel 31st overall, eight spots after taking one of his college blocker, Isaiah Wynn.
Michel is expected to be a major contributor in the backfield after the Patriots lost running back Dion Lewis in free agency.
TENNESSEE TITANS (10-8)
OPEN CAMP: July 25, Nashville, Tennessee
LAST YEAR: Titans swept Jacksonville but missed AFC South title after losing three straight in December. Winning first postseason game in 14 years with amazing comeback in Kansas City didn't save coach Mike Mularkey, not when he stuck with OC Terry Robiskie following ugly rout in New England.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have a definite New England Patriots influence these days.
Running back Dion Lewis believes the Titans' acquisition of ex-Patriots like himself and cornerback Malcolm Butler says more about their talent than their background.
"I wouldn't say (they're trying to replicate New England here)," Lewis said Thursday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans are doing their best to recreate the Patriot Way in Music City.
The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a four-year contract with free agent running back Dion Lewis.
A person familiar with the deal says the sides agreed to the contract on Tuesday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because signings can't become official until the start of the new league year on Wednesday. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the pact.
The person said the deal for the former Patriots starter carries a maximum value of $23.4 million.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (15-4)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: CBs Malcolm Butler and Johnson Bademosi; WRs Danny Amendola and Matt Slater; RBs Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead; OTs Nate Solder, Cam Fleming and LaAdrian Waddle; DTs Alan Branch and Ricky Jean Francois; LBs James Harrison and Marquis Flowers; DE Geno Grissom; FS Nate Ebner.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: FS Brandon King; G Ted Karras.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — One thing sticks out to Patriots running back Dion Lewis about his time with the Philadelphia Eagles.
"Not playing," Lewis said Tuesday with a smirk.
Lewis is one of three Patriots starters who will be facing their former team in Sunday's Super Bowl, along with receiver Danny Amendola and safety Patrick Chung.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots will be without running backs Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee when they host the Titans in the divisional round Saturday night.
Both Burkhead and Gillislee are out with knee injuries. With them out, the primary rushing duties will fall to Dion Lewis and James White.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Bill Belichick made it a priority to get his team prepared for frigid weather leading up to the Patriots' regular-season finale against the New York Jets.
With home-field advantage throughout the playoffs following a 26-6 victory on Sunday, the AFC's road to the Super Bowl will again run through New England.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots turned a corner in capturing their third straight victory on Sunday night, this time taming the Atlanta Falcons in a dominating 23-7 win.
The biggest leap forward for the Patriots, though, was probably made in the run game, which helped them control the game after being mostly underwhelming for most of the season.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (17-2)
New faces: CB Stephon Gilmore, WR Brandin Cooks, RB Mike Gillislee, TE Dwayne Allen.
Key losses: TE Martellus Bennett, RB LeGarrette Blount, DE Jabaal Sheard, CB Logan Ryan, DE Chris Long.
HOUSTON (AP) — When you play for the Patriots, being selfish is not an option.
And no other group may be a greater example of that this season than the trio of running backs that New England will lean on in its Super Bowl matchup with the Atlanta Falcons.
The Patriots struggled to run the ball a year ago after Dion Lewis was lost late in the season to a torn left ACL and LeGarrette Blount to a hip injury.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Midway through the season, there would have been no way to predict Taylor Gabriel would be the top scorer among Atlanta Falcons wide receivers.
Especially considering that group includes All-Pro Julio Jones.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots are happy to be back in the AFC championship game.
But there's plenty to clean up on offense if they hope to earn a shot at their fifth Super Bowl title.
After finishing the regular season with a league-low two interceptions among starting quarterbacks, Tom Brady was picked off twice during Saturday's 34-16 divisional-round win over the Houston Texans.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots are headed back to a familiar spot: the AFC championship game.
The Latest on the NFL's divisional playoff games Saturday (all times Eastern):
Dion Lewis became the first player in NFL postseason history to score touchdowns by rushing, receiving and a kickoff return, leading New England to a 34-16 victory over the Houston Texans and pushing Tom Brady and the Patriots within two more wins of another title.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — While most of the preseason spotlight for the Patriots focused on who was missing at quarterback, there was just as much uncertainty surrounding the running back position.
LeGarrette Blount was re-signed in the offseason after just missing his second career 1,000-yard season because of a late hip injury. In addition Dion Lewis, the team's primary receiving option out of the backfield, was working his way back from surgery for a torn ACL in his left knee.
BOSTON (AP) — Since arriving in New England last season, running back Dion Lewis has never been one to seek a lot of attention.
So it makes sense that his first NFL game in more than a year came and went just as quietly.
Lewis' start against the 49ers Sunday was his first since he tore his left ACL in Week 9 against Washington last season. It's been a long road back, but Lewis said none of that was on his mind when he trotted out onto the Levi's Stadium field.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is inactive as expected, but running back Dion Lewis is active for Sunday's game with the San Francisco 49ers.
Gronkowski injured his chest in the second quarter of last week's game against the Seattle Seahawks after taking a hard hit from safety Earl Thomas. He returned to the game, but did not practice all week.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Running back Dion Lewis is inactive for New England's game against Seattle on Sunday night in a rematch of the Patriots' Super Bowl victory two seasons ago.
Lewis, who was added to the 53-man roster on Saturday, started the season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list after sitting out training camp. He hasn't appeared in a game since Week 9 of 2015, when he suffered a left ACL injury against Washington.