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Tommylee Lewis (born October 24, 1992) is an American football wide receiver and return specialist who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Northern Illinois and signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2016.[1] An undersized wide receiver, Northern Illinois was the only school to offer Lewis an athletic scholarship.[2] After not being selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Saints signed Lewis on a recommendation from Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells, who was a friend of Lewis' high school coach.[3]

Tommylee Lewis
Free agent
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1992-10-24) October 24, 1992 (age 26)
Palm Beach, Florida
Height:5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight:168 lb (76 kg)
Career information
High school:William T. Dwyer
(Palm Beach Gardens, Florida)
College:Northern Illinois
Undrafted:2016
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receptions:20
Receiving yards:252
Receiving touchdowns:2
Player stats at NFL.com

Contents

Early yearsEdit

College careerEdit

Lewis played college football for the Northern Illinois Huskies.[5]

Professional careerEdit

New Orleans SaintsEdit

Lewis signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2016.[6] After impressing during training camp and the preseason as both a receiver and returner, Lewis made the Saints 53-man roster. He played in 12 games with one start, recording seven catches for 76 yards along with 312 total return yards.[7] He recorded his first touchdown on December 7, 2017 against the Atlanta Falcons.[8] In the 2017 season, he had 10 receptions for 116 yards and one receiving touchdown.[9]

On September 19, 2018, Lewis was placed on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury on a punt return in Week 2 against the Cleveland Browns.[10] He was activated off injured reserve on November 21, 2018, and scored his second career touchdown, also against the Atlanta Falcons.[11]

On January 20, 2019, in the final minutes of the NFC Championship game against the Los Angeles Rams, Lewis was involved in a controversial play by Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman. Robey-Coleman committed a clear and blatant pass interference with an early hit on Lewis, which, if correctly called, would have set the Saints up with a short field goal opportunity and a chance to run out the clock. However, the referees missed the call. The Saints would go on to lose the game in overtime, 26-23. Later on, the league admitted they blew the call and Coleman confessed to pass interference.[12]

Detroit LionsEdit

On March 19, 2019, Lewis signed with the Detroit Lions.[13] He was released during final roster cuts on August 30, 2019.[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Small frame, big potential: Saints undrafted rookie Tommylee Lewis is trying to prove his worth
  2. ^ Boudwin, Julie (June 16, 2016). "Saints rookie Tommylee Lewis' quickness could lead to opportunity on special teams". Times-Picayune. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  3. ^ Katzenstein, Josh (August 8, 2016). "WR Tommylee Lewis impressing Saints after recommendation from Bill Parcells". Times-Picayune. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  4. ^ "Tommylee Lewis, Dwyer , Wide Receiver". 247Sports. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  5. ^ "Tommylee Lewis - Football". NIU Athletics. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  6. ^ "Saints Add 19 Undrafted Free Agents". NewOrleansSaints.com. May 2, 2016. Archived from the original on September 24, 2017. Retrieved September 23, 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "Tommylee Lewis 2016 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  8. ^ "New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons - December 7th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  9. ^ "Tommylee Lewis 2017 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  10. ^ Williams, Charean (September 19, 2018). "Saints place Tommylee Lewis on IR". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  11. ^ Williams, Charean (November 21, 2018). "Saints activate Tommylee Lewis, waive Chaz Green". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  12. ^ Freeman, Mike (January 20, 2019). "Horrible Officiating Tarnishes NFL's Credibility on Championship Sunday". Bleacher Report. bleacherreport.com.
  13. ^ "Lions sign WR Tommylee Lewis". DetroitLions.com. March 19, 2019.
  14. ^ Mullenax, Steven. "Detroit Lions 2019 roster cuts tracker (updated)". SideLionReport.com. Retrieved August 30, 2019.

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