Morning sports update: Dion Lewis says he had to move on because the Patriots ‘didn’t want me’

"I just had to move on and do what’s best for me."

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Tennessee Titans running back Dion Lewis runs the ball during training camp. –AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

Wilson Ramos had three extra-base hits and three RBIs — including one triple that took an odd bounce off the wall — as the Phillies beat the Red Sox 7-4 on Wednesday night. Nathan Eovaldi allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings during his fourth start for Boston. The Patriots face the Eagles in their second preseason game at 7:30 Thursday night.

Here are some more sports headlines to get you caught up as you start your day:

Dion Lewis says he had to move on because the Patriots ‘didn’t want me’

Dion Lewis did damage on the ground and through the air for the Patriots last season, crossing the 1,000-yard threshold on his way to nine total touchdowns. His performance merited the free agent a four-year, $19.8 million contract with the Tennessee Titans, but did not command a competitive offer from the team he would ultimately leave behind.

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Bill Belichick and the Patriots elected to add Jeremy Hill and draft Sony Michel with a first-round pick instead of re-signing Lewis. Although the running back is content with his new home, he noted New England could have kept him if they so chose.

“I’m happy with the decision, and this is the decision I would’ve made even if they did offer,” Lewis said, per the Boston Globe. “If they wanted me, they could’ve had me. But obviously, they didn’t want me, they didn’t think I was good enough to be there. I just had to move on and do what’s best for me.”

Belichick addressed Lewis’s departure, among the many players who left Foxborough this offseason, in March.

“Malcolm [Butler], Dion [Lewis], Nate [Solder], Danny [Amendola], those guys worked hard. They competed well. They performed well,” the Patriots head coach said. “They signed contracts that were better than what we were able to give them. They all did a great job for us. We wouldn’t have had the success that we had without the contributions of those and many other players.”

In Tennessee, the 5-foot-8 speedster will share backfield duties with Derrick Henry, who stands at 6-foot-2, 247 pounds. The Titans have assembled a collection of ex-Patriots, from head coach Mike Vrabel to cornerback Malcolm Butler to general manager Jon Robinson. Lewis is eager to prove to his new team that his contract won’t change his approach.

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“I always carry a chip on my shoulder, always eager to prove the kind of player I am,” he said. “And that’s not going to change just because I got a contract. I’m self-motivated. I feel like I’m a great player and I’m always eager to show what type of player I am. I get more mad at myself than the coaches get mad at me. I’m extremely hard on myself and I expect a lot. And I think that I can do a lot better than I did last year. That’s what most of my motivation comes from — I know that I could raise my game to another level and I look forward to being able to do that here.”

What Jaylen Brown had to say about Donald Trump: The Celtics forward Jaylen Brown doesn’t know what to make of Donald Trump’s recent commentary on NBA All-Star LeBron James, but doesn’t feel responsible for engaging with the president’s “shenanigans.”

“I think it’s interesting,” Brown said. “I don’t know if it’s propaganda, if it’s for media attention, but it’s interesting to see our president, who’s supposed to be the leader of our troops, handling himself in such a manner.” (Boston.com)

5 bubble players to watch during this week’s Patriots-Eagles game: The Patriots will trim their roster to 53 players on Sept. 1. Here are five Patriots, including Braxton Berrios and Cyrus Jones, to keep an eye on Thursday night as they battle for those precious spots. (Boston.com)

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As Carson Wentz recovers, Nick Foles waits in the wings. Again.: If it turns out that Carson Wentz hasn’t made a full recovery in time for the Eagles’ season opener against the Falcons on Sept. 6, Philadelphia should be alright. They’ll trot out the Super Bowl MVP as his replacement.

“It’s a very unique situation,” Nick Foles said. (Boston.com)

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