Lewis turns 30 today
"I thought 30 was the new 20," Coach Eric Mangini said.
More important than his actual age is the fact Lewis has carried the ball 2,399 times in a career that began with the Ravens in 2000. That's a lot of mileage, a lot of pounding his legs have absorbed. He set an NFL record for yards rushing in a game, since broken by Adrian Peterson, when he rushed for 295 yards in a game against the Browns in 2003. This is his third season with the Browns.
Lewis keeps himself in excellent condition with a grueling training program in the offseason, so he is in better shape than most players still in the NFL at age 30. Whether he can carry the ball 279 times as he did last year and stll be effective is another matter. That's why the Browns need to develop another back. James Davis could be that player. He rushed 81 yards for a touchdown against the Lions in the preseason. Things change when games start to count, but speed is speed, and Davis has it.