Cleveland Browns running back
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“Dion had some good plays,” coach Rob Chudzinski said. “He really did what he has been showing in practice. That is one of the things we have been stressing with our guys, to transfer what they do on the practice field to the game. I think you saw what Dion has been doing in practice.”
Although Lewis made the catches on the screen and touchdown passes, he was quick to credit others for his individual success.
“It was a screen play that had a good amount of running room,” Lewis said. “It was a great call by (offensive coordinator Norv Turner), and well-executed.
“(The touchdown) was good. It was a little ‘out’ route that was just a good call.”
Lewis’ touchdown reception came on third-and-goal from the Rams’ two-yard line.
“I saw a matchup,” Weeden said. “We have worked that route numerous times throughout these days in camp. He’s so dad gum quick. He gets separation and I’ve just got to stick it on him low and let him fall down in the end zone. It was a great play call.”
Before he caught the touchdown pass, Lewis returned the game’s opening kickoff 31 yards. After fielding the ball five yards deep in the end zone, Lewis charged through the first wave of defenders and pushed the Browns out to their own 26-yard line.
“The guy’s a stud, man,” Weeden said of Lewis. “He brings a lot of different aspects to that position. He can run it well between the tackles, and he creates mismatches when he gets out in the open field. He’s got a lot of ability, quick feet, great with the ball in his hands, and we’re glad he’s on our side.”