Travis Lewis became the third free agent signing announced by the Vikings on Thursday and second linebacker that has been brought in this offseason, joining former Bengals LB Emmanuel Lamur.
Lewis joined Detroit as a seventh-round selection (223rd overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Here are five things to know about the native of San Antonio, Texas:
1. Spot starter
Lewis made four starts (including Week 2 against the Vikings) in the 15 games he played for the Lions in 2015. He totaled 21 tackles (18 solo) and one sack, including a career-high five stops against the Seahawks in Week 4.
2. Special at his core
Special teams is an area where Lewis has contributed throughout his career, and he was picked by Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell as a special teams captain against Chicago in 2015.
3. Breaking “The Boz”
Lewis broke two-time All-American Brian Bosworth’s freshman season tackles record of 133, an effort that was fueled by Lewis’ Sooners record of 19 stops against Texas in 2008. Bosworth won the first two Dick Butkus Collegiate Awards (1985-86). Lewis finished his college career with 446 tackles (third-most in Sooners history).
4. Impressive bench press
According to his bio from Oklahoma, Lewis bench pressed 380 pounds, the greatest amount by a Sooners linebacker. He did 22 reps of 225 pounds at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine
Can't take the country out of this boy! Ready to hit this rodeo! pic.twitter.com/zz5niOd0dw— Travis Lewis (@TravisLewis28) February 11, 2016
5. Roots and rodeo
Via Lewis’ Twitter feed (@TravisLewis28), Lewis is proud of his college career at Oklahoma, as well as his Texas roots. He made several posts about enjoying the San Antonio Rodeo.