Wide receiver Greg Lewis, who was traded to New England two weeks ago for a fifth-round pick, says he saw the "writing on the wall" that his time with the Eagles was coming to an end. Lewis spoke with Boston area reporters who cover the Patriots on a conference call earlier, according to the Boston Globe.
"It really didn’t catch me off guard," he said of the trade. "You could see the writing on the wall with the guys they had there in Philadelphia. My role had diminished. That was something that could happen and it did ...
"They had DeSean Jackson who came in and had an outstanding year as a rookie. He was going to get an opportunity to play. They had Kevin Curtis who came back from an injury after six games and he was doing well. Jason Avant was pretty much the third receiver out there and he was doing a great job. Hank Baskett was also involved in that group too, so those were the four guys. Then, me and Reggie Brown didn’t know where we fit in so to speak. We had roles that we could do, but we weren’t obligated or asked to fill them out in certain situations. One game I was down, one game he was down and you could see that they were going in a different direction. I have no ill feelings towards anything that took place in Philadelphia. I moved on, they moved on and I got a fresh start here."
Asked his reaction to being traded after 6 years with the Birds, Lewis said: "My reaction is excited to be up here in New England and get an opportunity to be with a great organization, that Mr. Kraft has built, get out here, try to fit in as best I can and do what I’m capable of doing."
Lewis was also asked about his relationship with former Eagles receiver Terrell Owens.
"He was cool with me," Lewis said. "We were both receivers and both in the same meeting rooms together. Usually, you have a rapport with the guys you spend the most time with. I talked to all the receivers we had in Philadelphia until this day. I am cool with him and I believe he’s cool with me."
On another note, you have read and heard a lot about the Tra Thomas charity weekend in DeLand, Fla. The Orlando Sentinel has a photo gallery of Eagles players taking part in the charity basketball game Saturday night against DeLand police and firefighters. Click here for the gallery.