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Dion Lewis on beating the Patriots: ‘Hell yeah, it’s personal’

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Dion Lewis rushed Silas Walker/Getty Images

Dion Lewis, who played three seasons in New England before signing a four-year, $20 million contract with the Titans this offseason, had some choice words for his former team after Tennessee’s 34-10 shellacking of the Patriots Sunday afternoon.

“Hell yeah, it’s personal,” Lewis said, via NFL Network’s Mike Giardi. “That’s what happens when you go cheap. You get your ass kicked.”

He also tweeted a trio of laughing face emojis.

The 5-foot-8-inch speedster rushed for 57 yards on a team-high 20 carries Sunday, adding to his season total of 396.

“I didn’t have to prove anything,” Lewis said. “I know I can play. I just had to let our team know that these guys are beatable. I know those guys. I know that [if you are] physical with them and let them have it, they’ll fold.”

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Before the season started, Lewis made it clear during training camp he was “happy” with his decision to join the Titans.

“If [the Patriots] wanted me, they could’ve had me,” he told the Boston Globe‘s Ben Volin in August. “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.”

Other former Patriots on the Titans, cornerbacks Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan, did not share the same vengeance as Lewis.

“It’s not personal,” Butler said. “I wanted to win, though. I want to beat everyone I go against. It wasn’t personal. No bad blood between [coach Bill] Belichick, none of those players, none of those coaches, [Robert] Kraft, none of those guys. I’ve got nothing but respect for them.”

“It wasn’t personal,” added Ryan. “I have a lot of respect for that organization, and if we want to get to where we want to get to, we have to beat teams like that and beat organizations like that. I’m grateful for my entire four years there, but it made me a better player and made me a leader of the team I’m on today.”

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