Signed by the Saints as an unrestricted free agent from the Pittsburgh Steelers at the start of 2013 free agency, Lewis started every contest his first two seasons with the club before a hip injury limited him to six games in 2015. Before being placed on injured reserve prior to the team’s Week 12 contest at Houston, Lewis posted seven solo tackles and one pass defensed. Over the course of his seven-year NFL career, Lewis has appeared in 83 games with 49 starts and has registered 195 tackles (163 solo), seven interceptions, 57 passes defensed and one forced fumble.
NFL CAREER – Signed by the Saints as an unrestricted free agent from the Pittsburgh Steelers at the start of 2013 free agency, Lewis started every contest his first two seasons with the club before a hip injury limited him to six games in 2015. Before being placed on injured reserve prior to the team’s Week 12 contest at Houston, Lewis posted seven solo tackles and one pass defensed. Over the course of his seven-year NFL career, Lewis has appeared in 83 games with 49 starts and has registered 195 tackles (163 solo), seven interceptions, 57 passes defensed and one forced fumble.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Placed on injured reserve (hip), 11/26/15; Signed by Saints to a five-year contract (UFA-PIT), 3/14/13; Re-signed by Pittsburgh to a one-year contract (RFA), 4/16/12; Received restricted free agent tender from Pittsburgh, 3/12/12; Placed by Pittsburgh on injured reserve (back), 12/29/09; Signed by Pittsburgh to a three-year contract, 6/12/09; Selected by Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round (96th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.
HONORS – 2012: USA Today All-Joe.
2015 – Limited to just six games on the season due to a hip injury, recording seven solo tackles and one pass defensed. Placed on Injured Reserve prior to the team’s Week 12 matchup at Houston, Nov. 29…Inactive (hip) in team’s first three games…Made 2015 debut, posting one tackle vs. Dallas, Oct. 4…Recorded a tackle and a pass defensed at Philadelphia, Oct. 11…Posted two solo tackles vs. Atlanta, Oct. 15…Inactive (hip) at Indianapolis, Oct. 25…Registered a solo tackle vs. N.Y. Giants, Nov. 1…Tallied two solo tackles at Washington, Nov. 15. 2014 – Was the only member of the Saints secondary to start all 16 games for the second consecutive season…Recorded 37 tackles (29 solo), tied for team lead with two interceptions and added a club-best 13 passes defensed…Had four solo tackles at Cleveland, Sept. 14, as the secondary surrendered only 202 net passing yards…Had one tackle, one interception and two passes defensed at Detroit, Oct. 19…Despite not recording a pick, finished with possibly his most dominating contest of season at Carolina, Oct. 30, when he posted four tackles and three passes defensed, as the Saints surrendered only 122 net yards passing...Had two tackles, a fourth quarter interception and one pass defensed as New Orleans surrendered a season-low 97 net passing yards in season finale at Tampa Bay, Dec. 28. 2013 – Started all 16 regular season games and both postseason contests for the NFL’s fourth-ranked defense in both opponent net yards and scoring and also second against the pass. In the regular season finished with 40 tackles (33 solo), a career-high and team-leading four interception returns for 34 yards and nine passes defensed. His pick total was tied for eighth in the NFC and 11th in NFL. In the postseason, made seven tackles (six solo) and two passes defensed…In the season opener vs. Atlanta, Sept. 8, produced three tackles (two solo)...Added three tackles (one solo) at Tampa Bay, Sept. 15 in a defensive effort where the Buccaneers managed only 113 net yards passing…Totaled two solo tackles, one pass defensed and his first interception as a Saint was returned for a career-long 20 yards vs. Arizona, Sept. 22…Produced three tackles (two solo) and one pass defensed vs. Chicago, Oct. 6…Totaled a season-high six tackles, one interception and one pass defensed at New England, Oct. 13…Produced three solo tackles and one interception vs. Buffalo, Oct. 27…Totaled four tackles (three solo) as the defense yielded 140 passing yards at N.Y. Jets, Nov. 3…Totaled one solo tackle as defense gave up a season-low 104 net passing yards vs. Dallas, Nov. 10…Produced a solo tackle and a pass defensed as the defense held 49ers to 115 net passing yards vs. San Francisco, Nov. 17…Totaled one solo tackle at Atlanta, Nov. 21…Posted two solo tackles at Seattle, Dec. 2…Posted three solo tackles and one pass defensed as Panthers mustered only 160 net passing yards vs. Carolina, Dec. 8…Recorded one solo tackle and a season-high two passes defensed at St. Louis, Dec. 15…Added two solo tackles as Panthers were held to 141 net passing yards and 13 completions at Carolina, Dec. 22…Totaled three tackles, one interception and one pass defensed in regular season finale vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 29…In his first NFL postseason career start in NFC Wild Card Playoff at Philadelphia, 1/4/14, totaled a postseason career-high six solo tackles and a pass defensed…Recorded an assisted tackle and a pass defensed in NFC Divisional Playoff at Seattle, 1/11/14. 2012 – Started all 16 games at LCB for Steelers, who ranked first in NFL in opponent net yards per game and opponent net passing yard per game. Led league with 28 passes defensed. Finished fourth on team with 78 tackles (63 solo) while also adding a forced fumble and two special teams stops…Part of a stellar defensive effort in 27-10 win vs. N.Y. Jets, Sept. 16, where the Steelers surrendered only 219 total net yards, 129 through the air, as he added two solo tackles…Forced first career fumble when he tackled and stripped DeSean Jackson in a 16-14 win vs. Philadelphia, Oct. 7, also contributing four stops (three solo) and one pass defensed…Set career-high with four passes defensed at Tennessee, Oct. 11…As part of stellar defensive effort in a 24-17 win at Cincinnati, Oct. 21, when Steelers surrendered only 185 yards, including a season-low 105 through the air, Lewis finished with four solo tackles and two passes defensed…Recorded two solo stops and three passes defensed in standout defensive performance in 27-12 win vs. Washington, Oct. 28, when Steelers surrendered only 169 passing yards…Had two tackles (one solo) and three passes defensed as part of a dominant defensive performance that allowed only 114 yards through the air in 24-20 win at N.Y. Giants, Nov. 4…Tied for the team lead with 10 tackles (8 solo), helping a defense that limited Ravens to 200 total net yards vs. Baltimore, Nov. 18…Registered 10 stops again and a pass defensed, leading a secondary that limited the Browns to only 130 net passing yards at Cleveland, Nov. 25…Part of a secondary that held Joe Flacco to a 61.9 rating and only 188 passing yards at Baltimore, Dec. 2…Led Steelers with three passes defensed and also recorded seven tackles at Dallas, Dec. 16…Recorded six tackles and two passes defensed vs. Cincinnati, Dec. 23. 2011 – Played in all 16 games for first time, making his first career start at Indianapolis, Sept. 25. Also saw action in the postseason contest. Finished with 31 tackles (29 solo), an interception, five passes defensed and four special teams stops…Starting at Indianapolis as a nickel corner, had five tackles as part of a standout defensive effort that held the Colts to only 153 net yards passing…Recorded four tackles as part of a defense that held Jaguars to only 109 passing yards vs. Jacksonville, Oct. 16…Registered three stops as part of a defensive effort that held the Patriots to only 198 yards passing vs. New England, Oct. 30…Recorded first career interception, picking off Tyler Palko at the Pittsburgh 14-yard line with 28 seconds left to seal Monday night win at Kansas City, Nov. 27…Registered a special teams tackle in the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at Denver, 1/8/12. 2010 – Saw action on special teams and defense in nine regular season games. Finished with two defensive tackles, eight coverage stops and a forced fumble on special teams. Saw action at CB and special teams for all three playoff contests, recording one special teams stop…Had two special teams tackles at Miami, Oct. 24…Made one special teams tackle vs. Oakland, Nov. 21…Saw action in both the secondary and on special teams and posted two tackles and forced one fumble on coverage units at Buffalo, Nov. 28…Finished with the first two defensive tackles and his first career pass defensed at Cleveland, 1/2/11, in addition to three special teams stops as part of a defense that forced three turnovers…Had one special teams tackle in the AFC Divisional Playoff game vs. Baltimore, 1/15/11. 2009 – Appeared in four games on special teams and made one tackle…Made NFL debut vs. Tennessee, Sept. 10…Recorded a special teams tackle at Kansas City, Nov. 22…Placed on Injured Reserve list (back), Dec. 29.
COLLEGE – Played in 50 games with 48 starts at Oregon State and totaled 117 tackles (81 solo), one sack for a three-yard loss and five stops for losses of 20 yards...Forced one fumble and deflected 30 passes...Gained 72 yards on seven interceptions (10.3 avg.) including one touchdown...Was a four-time Academic All-Pac-10 honoree...As a senior in 2008, was an All-Pac-10 first-team choice as he started all 13 games at LCB, leading team with four interception returns for 29 yards, including a touchdown…Also recorded 35 tackles (27 solo) with a stop for a three-yard loss and deflected nine passes as part of a Beavers unit ranked second in the Pac-10 in total defense (312.2 ypg.) and third in pass defense (180.9 ypg.)…As a junior in 2007, started 11 games at LCB and led the team with three interception returns for 43 yards…Also added 15 tackles (12 solo) and deflected two passes…As sophomore in 2006, started 13 games at LCB and collected 22 tackles (17 solo) including a sack and two stops for loss...Finished second on the team with eight passes defensed…As freshman in 2005, was All-American third-team selection by College Football News, taking over LCB with 11 starts and recorded 45 tackles (25 solo), two stops for a loss, a forced fumble, and a career-high and team-best 11 passes defensed…Redshirted in 2004…Received a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science.
PERSONAL – Attended O. Perry Walker (New Orleans) HS...Both a high school and Steelers teammate of Baltimore Ravens WR Mike Wallace...Rated as one of the top 100 cornerback prospects in the country by Rivals.com...First-team All-Metro and All-League choice as a senior...Made 75 tackles with four sacks and seven interceptions and returned five punts for 180 yards and five kickoffs for 150 yards...Posted 71 tackles with two interceptions as a junior and recorded 54 tackles as a sophomore...Graduated with academic honors, attaining a 3.27 GPA…Kicked off his Keenan Lewis foundation in 2014 by hosting a free youth football camp and school supplies giveaway that benefitted children of low-income families in the greater New Orleans area…Prior to Christmas, 2014, donated dinners to local Westbank families in need…In March, 2015, Lewis teamed up with Winn-Dixie to hold a field trip for local elementary students at the Louisiana Children’s Museum, where he read Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham” to them. In 2015, delivered a Wilson Golden Football to Landry-Walker High School, which merged with his alma mater, O. Perry Walker, as part of the NFL’s Super Bowl High School Honor Roll initiative, which recognizes schools and communities that contributed to Super Bowl history.
New Orleans Saints cornerback Kennan Lewis talks about he is feeling after the first week of OTAs. Video by Brendan Hassett (New Orleans Saints Video)
New Orleans Saints Cornerback Keenan Lewis hosts the Taste of Hope event in order to help raise money for his charity the Keenan Lewis Foundation
New Orleans Saints Cornerback Keenan Lewis met with media Wednesday, Nov. 4 and talked about how he is feeling as he continues to progress from his early season sports hernia injury. Video by Brendan Hassett (New Orleans Saints Video)
New Orleans Saints Cornerback Keenan Lewis met with media Friday, Oct. 30 and talked about how he is feeling after missing last week's game vs the Indianapolis Colts. Video by Brendan Hassett (New Orleans Saints Video)