Patriots are happy with ex-Eagle Lewis

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Bill Belichick found a way to stop receiver Greg Lewis from tormenting his New England Patriots - trade for him.

Lewis made the first touchdown catch of his career while playing for the Eagles against the Patriots in the Super Bowl in 2005. He had two touchdown catches in a 2007 game against the Pats, nearly derailing their undefeated regular season.

Greg Lewis (17) says what he did against the Patriots is in the past. "What I did is . . . not as important as what I do this afternoon."

Belichick obtained Lewis from the Eagles in March for two draft picks.

"Greg has always killed us," Belichick said recently. "Every time we've played him, he's killed us. We haven't been able to cover him very well, so that kind of catches your attention."

On Thursday, Lewis will face his former teammates in a preseason game when the Patriots play the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Lewis caught Belichick's eye as a college receiver at Illinois. After Lewis joined the Eagles, Belichick said he had a number of conversations with Eagles coach Andy Reid about obtaining him. But Belichick said he thought Reid found it hard to part with Lewis.

"He's a guy that we've had a lot of interest in, and I think he's a good fit in our system," Belichick said.

Lewis said his past performances against the Patriots are just that - over and done.

"Anytime you feel wanted, that makes you feel good about yourself," Lewis said. "But what I did [against the Patriots] is in the past, and it's not as important as what I do this afternoon and the next day."

Lewis said he has talked to several of his teammates about that 2005 Super Bowl, but their memories are different.

"They obviously remember winning and I don't," he said. "They got the last laugh."

Lewis is joining a star-studded cast of Patriots receivers that includes three Pro Bowlers - Randy Moss, Wes Welker and Joey Galloway.

"You don't play on paper; I mean, it all looks good," Lewis said.

Lewis, who became a darling of Patriots fans early in training camp with some spectacular catches, first signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2003. His Birds career peaked with 48 catches in 2005.