Keenan Lewis didn’t have the smoothest ride back from September hip surgery.

There were some starts and stops along the way, but he feels that he recently turned a corner and credits his recent progress to using muscle activation techniques.

“Whatever the technique he’s doing, MAT, it’s definitely been helping me out a lot,” Lewis said. “I’ve also been working with our trainers.”

Lewis said he became curious about the techniques after remembering an article he read about Peyton Manning using it to help him recover from a neck injury.

The Saints cornerback would only say that the guy treating him is named Mike and is located outside of Lafayette. He’s now seen him three or four times and said that he feels like he makes progress with every visit.

“It’s magic to me,” Lewis said. “I can’t even explain it.”

Words don’t need to be put in place. Lewis played 27 snaps in Sunday’s win against the Giants, moved well and was competitive in coverage.

It’s the closest to normal he’s looked this season since having his surgery and he expects to begin taking on bigger role, beginning this week against the Tennessee Titans. Right now his biggest hurdle is getting back into shape.

“I’m almost where I need to be,” Lewis said. “Right now it’s just getting back out there, getting in football shape. I sat out too much. Just going in on my own and running extra laps after practice to get back to my former (self).

“I’m just excited to be out there. I feel like a rookie because I sat out so long.”