March 21, 2018

SOTT Scouting: Kendrick Lewis

A depth signing by the Houston Texans, safety Kendrick Lewis has plenty to prove to make the 53 man roster coming out of training camp. Lewis was a nice surprise for the Chiefs as a 5th round pick out of Mississippi and was supposed to be a dynamic duo with Eric Berry. 

His best season was his rookie season and heading into his 4th year his play slipped after Romeo Crennel was fired by the Chiefs. He had shoulder surgery after the 2011 season, and injured the shoulder in the 2012 preseason that caused him to miss 7 games. Lewis never returned to his form he showed during his rookie season and the Texans are hoping to rejuvenate Lewis’ career.


Tale of the Tape

Height: 6-2

Weight: 198 lbs.

College: Mississippi


Drafted: 2010 NFL Draft, Round 5, 136th overall

Key Stats: 172 total tackles, 22 pass deflections, 7 interceptions, 53 games (50 started)

Position: Free Safety, Box Safety, Lined up vs. slot receivers

Games Scouted: 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons



Looks better in a cover two scheme.

Has a good feel for seeing plays develop and getting into his drops as a safety.

Understands his run fits.

Decent ball skills.

Shows he can plant and get to the football when it is in the air.

When healthy he has some life and showed acceleration on the field.

Can be a difference maker when needed.



Lacks sideline to sideline speed to play free safety effectively.

Not very physical from the secondary.

At times it looks like Lewis avoids contact.

For a starter, went silent on the field where he was a non-factor.

With the Chiefs he played 14-16 yards deep, which kept him out of the play.

Hot and cold on the field. 2013 season was a tough one to watch.

An arm tackler, leads to missed tackles.




This is a low risk play by the Texans where Lewis has been signed for $795k ($730k base salary, $65k roster bonus, $35k guaranteed) for one season. Lewis had some of his best football under Romeo Crennel in his first two seasons in the NFL. If the Texans can find the player prior to his shoulder injury, Lewis will be pushing for the third safety spot behind Danieal Manning and D.J. Swearinger. If he is not completely healed like he showed at times in 2013, Lewis will be behind Eddie Pleasant when the training camp arrives.

Lewis could also help in the slot if needed, where he showed some promise there. He could be a good piece to help install Crennel’s defense, and having Lewis around could be a decent filler for the 2014 season.

Adding Lewis could allow Manning and Swearinger use their speed closer to the line of scrimmage dime situations.

Lewis has shown success in the cover two scheme, but he has been used as a true center fielder for the Chiefs the past four seasons. His starting experience is something to take note, for as much criticism he took for his poor play, he was still starting for the Chiefs.


Lewis For a TFL

Lewis Turned Around for a Touchdown

Lewis Interception

Lewis Interception for a Touchdown

Lewis Playing Deep Free Safety


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