Charges Dropped Against Eagles Backup RB Lewis, but Rookies Present New Threat

Sigmund BloomNFL Draft Lead WriterJuly 24, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 18:   Dion Lewis #28 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up before a game against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on December 18, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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We hear about arrests of NFL players, but the follow-up reports that sometimes clear their names are given much less attention. In the case of Philadelphia Eagles backup running back Dion Lewis, the charges that will go away if he and his brother stay out of trouble might be the least of his worries this summer.

Lewis and his brother were charged with the felony of falsely reporting a fire, as well as misdemeanor reckless endangerment, after they alleged pulled a fire alarm when hotel security would not allow them in the hotel.

According to Brian Fitzgerald of the Albany Times-Union, the prosecutor handling the case found that the alarm was never pulled. Fitzgerald reports that the felony charges were reduced to misdemeanors and dismissed. The other charges will be dismissed as long as Lewis and his brother have no further incidents in the next six months.

The Pitt product will report to training camp this week, but his competition is already there and getting praise from the team's running back coach. 

Jonathan Tamari, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, reports that seventh-round pick Bryce Brown and undrafted free agent Chris Polk took the first and second-team snaps, respectively, while the team is waiting for veterans to report later this week. Tamari writes that running backs coach Ted Williams was "especially enthusiastic" about Brown, who looked faster and more athletic than Polk in Tamari's eyes:

"He's extraordinary in that with his size (6'0" 220 lbs), he has little-man skills," Williams said of Brown, "He's strong. I can't wait to see him in pads and see how physical he's going to be."

Brown was once the top running back recruit in the country, but he went through multiple schools and his collegiate career ended with a whimper, not a bang—getting only three carries for Kansas State last year.

According to Tamari, Williams said he has faith in Brown after spending time with the running back and his family. Williams went as far to say that Brown is the most "focused on what he wants to get done."

Williams also had nice things to say about Polk, who was ultra-productive at Washington but fell out of the draft because of medical questions and a lack of speed. The position coach remarked that Polk was bigger than expected and faster than he looked on tape. 

While we shouldn't ignore the complimentary talk about Polk, Williams clearly thinks Brown could be a lot better than a typical seventh-round pick. Maybe by the end of the summer he'll see him as better than last year's fifth-round pick, Dion Lewis.