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Sophomore Spotlight: Dezmin Lewis

What's in store for Dezmin Lewis in his second season?

The Buffalo Bills had six picks in the 2015 NFL draft. One year after being selected, it’s time to look back on their careers before joining the Bills, their rookie seasons, and what’s in store for them in year two.

In the seventh round of the 2015 NFL draft, Buffalo added Central Arkansas receiver Dezmin Lewis. The wide receiver came out of a small school, but there was nothing small about his 6’4” frame. In the seventh round, Buffalo took a chance on a raw wide receiver.

Before the Bills

Lewis played in 48 games at Central Arkansas and saw his receiving yards and touchdowns increase each year.

Year

Receptions

Yards

Touchdowns

2011

27

386

2

2012

56

616

6

2013

50

721

7

2014

64

945

9

 

In his final season at Central Arkansas, Lewis had six games of 100 yards receiving or more. At the end of the season, Lewis had over 100 yards receiving in his final three games and caught 25 passes for 373 yards and five touchdowns over this stretch.

What the Analysts Said

Buffalo adds a small school weapon with upside as a 4th receiver in the NFL. He dominated his college competition and earned a Senior Bowl invite where he flashed at times.

Mark Dulgerian, NFL.com

Raw receiver who is still learning how to play to his size. His average athleticism won't impress NFL teams, but they were impressed with the way he caught the ball at the combine. Lewis could be a third day target but will need time to grow as a receiver in order to transition from small school prospect to NFL receiver.

Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Scouts feel that Dezmin Lewis has the athletic talent, but based on the low level of competition he faced they reckon he should have had a more dominating performance during his college career. His size and speed will definitely earn him a draft selection, but because he is still raw in several areas, he will likely be taken during the third day of that event.

Dave-Te’ Thomas, Scout.com

2015 Season

The wide receiver didn’t stand out at training camp and didn’t make much of an impact in the preseason until Buffalo’s finale when he caught six passes for 81 yards. He was eventually waived by the Bills and placed on the team’s practice squad.

Lewis spent the majority of the 2015 season on the practice squad, but did play nine offensive snaps in 2015 according to Pro Football Reference. The nine snaps came in a Week 15 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. He didn’t register any receptions in the game.

2016 Outlook

The Bills currently have 13 wide receivers on their roster so Lewis faces an uphill climb to make Buffalo’s 53-man roster. That being said, Sanjay Lal, Buffalo’s WRs coach, seems impressed with the wide receiver.

"His learning curve was steep... He’s done a great job of almost transforming his running style. He’s running lower to the ground now. He’s 6’4” so that’s hard for him. Staying in drive phase longer and of all the guys I know for a fact how much work he put in on his own this offseason and it’s really showing."

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If Lewis sticks on Buffalo’s roster in 2016 it will most likely be as the team’s fifth or sixth wide receiver. That’s far from a given based on the amount of competition that Lewis will face leading up to the regular season. If he shows enough improvement, Buffalo could stash him back on their practice squad.

 


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