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Dion Lewis wants to find his role in Browns' backfield

Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine made it clear this spring that he doesn't see his backfield as a one-man show.

Ben Tate -- signed to a free-agent deal in March -- figures to see the most touches. Third-round pick Terrance West impressed coaches in OTAs and minicamp and will likely assume an immediate role.

Dion Lewis will need to find his way into the mix. The fourth-year scatback likely would've gotten his crack at the starting job last season after Trent Richardson was traded to the Indianapolis Colts. Unfortunately for Lewis, he broke his leg in the preseason and never got his chance.

Lewis was asked last month where he believes he stands in a Browns backfield that has transformed in the last year.

"I don't know," Lewis said, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. "I'm still very excited to get back there and prove that I'm 100 percent recovered from the injury. With new coaches, everybody is learning a new system. So I feel like I've learned the system well, and I'm looking forward to getting out there and competing with the rest of the guys."

Lewis won't be around long for Cleveland if he can't get healthy. He sat out most of OTAs and all of mandatory minicamp with an undisclosed injury he said isn't related to last August's leg injury, which also included ligament damage. Lewis is optimistic he'll be ready for training camp on July 26.

He'll need to be to have any chance in Cleveland's RB derby.

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