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Sony Michel

Los Angeles Rams
Running Back #1
Los Angeles Rams
Running Back #1
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Sony Michel News

Paces Rams' backfield

Michel carried the ball 20 times for 67 yards in Sunday's Week 3 win over Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Michel handled 20 of the team's 24 carries with Darrell Henderson (ribs) sidelined. He wasn't particularly efficient, though he did manage gains of 15 and 11 yards to pace his effort. Most importantly, Sunday's usage certainly suggests that Michel would continue to serve as the lead back in a Week 4 matchup against Arizona if Henderson were to remain sidelined.

Sep 26, 2021 7:33 PM EST

Set to operate as Week 3 lead back

Michel is set to operate as a featured back Sunday against the Buccaneers with Darrell Henderson (ribs) inactive, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Michel rattled off 46 yards on 10 carries versus the Colts with Henderson exiting that Week 2 contest early, and he's now set to likely pace the backfield in carries versus the Buccaneers. The matchup against Tampa Bay's brick wall of a defensive front isn't exactly enviable, and seventh-round rookie Jake Funk will rotate in as well, per Rodrigue. However, Michel's edge in experience over Funk and strong performance in Week 2 could well allow him to lead the ground attack versus the Bucs.

Sep 26, 2021 12:07 PM EST

May lead backfield Sunday

Michel is ready for a bigger workload and may even start Sunday against the Buccaneers with Darrell Henderson (ribs) questionable for the contest, Stu Jackson of the Rams' official site reports.

Analysis: Henderson was knocked out of Week 2 action in the fourth quarter with what eventually was termed a rib cartilage injury. Pain management has been the prognosis, which didn't allow him to get on the practice field this week. The Rams are expected to take a decision on Henderson down to the wire -- the kick off Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET -- but Michel is preparing for whatever coach Sean McVay puts on his plate. This past Sunday at Indianapolis, Michel didn't get a touch until Henderson departed, but the finished the game with 10 carries for 46 yards. Aside from Henderson (if available) and Michel, Jake Funk is the only other RB on the active roster, while Buddy Howell and Javian Hawkins are candidates to be elevated from the practice squad Saturday.

Sep 24, 2021 3:01 PM EST

Steps in effectively for Henderson

Michel carried 10 times for 46 yards in the Rams' 27-24 win over the Colts on Sunday.

Analysis: A non-factor in his first game in a Rams uniform against Chicago last Sunday night, Michel was called upon to helm the backfield versus the Colts when Darrell Henderson went down with a rib injury in the second half. Michel was explosive and efficient with his opportunities, helping Los Angeles kill some clock late. Michel could be set for a continuation of his fourth-quarter workload in a Week 3 home showdown against the Buccaneers if Henderson is forced to sit out the contest.

Sep 19, 2021 2:17 PM EST

To be ready for opener

Coach Sean McVay expects Michel to be ready to go for Sunday's season opener against the Bears, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: In the wake of Cam Akers' Achilles tear and Raymond Calais suffering a mid-foot fracture, the Rams acquired Michel from the Patriots back on Aug. 25. Since then, undrafted rookie Xavier Jones also has suffered a season-ending Achilles injury, leaving Darrell Henderson, Michel and Jake Funk as the team's options at running back for Week 1. Henderson enters the season having dealt with a mild thumb sprain, so Michel has been afforded plenty of reps since he landed in L.A. Ultimately, though, Michel's role won't be fully formed until the Rams implement their game plan, starting Wednesday, per McVay.

Sep 6, 2021 2:16 PM EST

Dealt to Rams

The Rams acquired Michel from the Rams on Wednesday in exchange for 2022 conditional fifth- and sixth-round draft picks, Lindsey Thiry of reports.

Analysis: Damien Harris' status as the top option on the ground along with Michel's lack of utility as a receiver or special-teams contributor rendered Michel an expendable piece in the Patriots' deep stable of backs. The 2018 first-round pick should have a far more favorable opportunity in Los Angeles, which already lost No. 1 back Cam Akers (Achilles) for the season and will be without Darrell Henderson (thumb) for the remainder of the preseason. Assuming he's ready to go for Week 1, Henderson will likely headline the Los Angeles backfield, but Michel should represent an upgrade over untested depth options Xavier Jones and Jake Funk.

Aug 25, 2021 6:04 AM EST

Catches four passes vs. Eagles

Michel rushed seven times for 34 yards and caught all four of his targets for 37 yards in Thursday's 35-0 preseason win over the Eagles.

Analysis: Michel's involvement as a pass-catcher Thursday was notable and could help him carve out a complementary role in 2021 working behind presumed starting RB Damien Harris, and along with change-of-pace back James White. That said, Rhamondre Stevenson, J.J. Taylor and special teams ace Brandon Bolden are also in the backfield mix, so the Patriots have some tough roster decisions to make in advance of final cut-downs, barring any trades or injuries that might thin out the ranks.

Aug 20, 2021 12:02 PM EST

Outplayed in preseason opener

Michel rushed six times for 26 yards and wasn't targeted in Thursday's 22-13 preseason win over Washington.

Analysis: Michel's stat line was fine, but Damien Harris got the start and rookie fourth-round pick Rhamondre Steveneson produced touchdowns of one and 91 yards after Michel left the field. With James White locked into a receiving specialist role, Michel will need to play well for the rest of the preseason -- starting with next week's game against the Eagles -- to avoid dropping to fourth on New England's running back depth chart.

Aug 12, 2021 8:13 PM EST

Fifth-year option not picked up

The Patriots declined Michel's fifth-year option on Monday, Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: New England declined to keep Michel around for 2022 in exchange for guaranteeing him a $4.5 million salary, but the team did pick up Isaiah Wynn's $10.4 million fifth-year option. The 26-year-old was efficient in limited action last season, with 79 carries for 449 yards (5.7 YPC) and one rushing touchdown in nine contests, but he only handled more than 10 carries in a single contest. Per Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Michel is primed to serve as a one-two punch alongside Damien Harris for the 2021 campaign, after which he'll hit free agency.

May 3, 2021 3:39 PM EST

Strong finish to down year

Michel rushed 16 times for 76 yards and caught all three of his targets for 60 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-14 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Michel worked as the lead back in the season finale, as no other Patriots running back got a carry. He came into this one with just four catches all season but took advantage of his chance to shine as a pass-catcher out of the backfield, highlighted by a 31-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. Michel finishes the season with 79 carries for 449 yards and one rushing touchdown. The 2018 first-round pick is likely to be part of a backfield committee next season, but this is a promising finish to a campaign that was largely derailed by a slow start and a midseason quadriceps injury.

Jan 3, 2021 1:36 PM EST

Set for another turn in lead role

Michel is expected to serve as the Patriots' lead ballcarrier Sunday against the Jets with Damien Harris (ankle) listed as out for the contest, Zach Cox of reports.

Analysis: While Harris sat out New England's last two games, Michel picked up 10 carries in both contests, racking up 143 yards between Weeks 15 and 16. Had the Patriots not been playing from behind in both weeks, Michel likely would have been in store for more work, but he instead had a fairly even split of the snaps with pass-catching specialist James White. With Harris again sidelined for Sunday's season finale, Michel could get the chance to pick up more carries than he did in either of the previous two games, as the Patriots will be a mild favorite over the 2-13 Jets. Expect White to once again handle change-of-pace duties, while third-stringer J.J. Taylor looms as a depth option.

Jan 1, 2021 2:40 PM EST

Productive on the ground

Michel rushed 10 times for 69 yards in Monday night's 38-9 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Michel started with teammate Damien Harris (ankle) sidelined and began with a bang, rushing for 29 yards on New England's second offensive play. With more hard runs afterward, Michel put together another solid display, topping 65 yards for the second straight week after doing so just once earlier this season. Whether Harris returns for Week 17 versus the Jets or not, Michel has seemingly done enough lately to garner a decent workload on the ground to close the campaign.

Dec 28, 2020 8:59 PM EST

Opportunity knocks

With Damien Harris (ankle) inactive, Michel is in line to head the Patriots' backfield Monday night against the Bills, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.

Analysis: Also on hand are change-of-pace back James White and rookie reserve J.J. Taylor, but as was the case in the Patriots' Week 15 loss to the Dolphins, Michel should serve as the team's top early-down back Monday. Against Miami, the 2018 first-rounder logged 74 yards on 10 carries and added an eight-yard reception.

Dec 28, 2020 4:00 PM EST

Paces team in carries, rushing

Michel ran for 74 yards on 10 carries, adding an eight-yard reception during Sunday's 22-12 loss to Miami.

Analysis: With top back Damien Harris inactive for Week 15 because of an ankle injury, Michel garnered 10 of New England's 13 RB carries. The 2018 first-round draft choice excelled with the opportunity, paving his way to his second-highest rushing output of the season. Michel's fantasy value has been diminished by the fact that he hasn't scored a touchdown over six appearances since Week 1, but his 7.4 yards-per-carry average is nevertheless encouraging heading into a Week 16 matchup against the Bills' 21st-ranked rush defense.

Dec 20, 2020 1:47 PM EST

Expanded role likely Sunday

With Damien Harris (ankle) out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Michel is in line to see an expanded workload in Week 15, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.

Analysis: Assuming James White (foot) -- who's listed as questionable -- suits up for the contest, he'd be in line to handle pass-catching/change-of-pace snaps, with J.J. Taylor (quad/questionable) a depth option, if he's made active. That said, we'd expect Michel to step in as the team's lead back in the absence of Harris, who'd claimed that role. Michel, who ran seven times for 22 yards in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to the Rams, is thus poised to see an uptick in carries versus Miami, a context that brings some fantasy utility, even if he's not heavily-involved as a pass-catcher Sunday.

Dec 19, 2020 10:15 AM EST

Logs seven carries Thursday

Michel carried seven times for 22 yards in Thursday's 24-3 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Fellow RB Damien Harris was forced out of the contest with a back issue, but he'll have extra time to get ready for the Patriots' Dec. 20 contest against the Dolphins. As long as Harris is able to suit up, he'll remain the team's top back, a context that leaves Michel off the fantasy radar for now.

Dec 11, 2020 10:09 AM EST

Generates 58 scrimmage yards

Michel carried 10 times for 35 yards and caught his only target for 23 additional yards during Sunday's 45-0 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: A week after he didn't receive a single touch in his return from injury, Michel was much more involved as his side coasted to a blowout victory. He averaged a lackluster 3.5 yards per carry but padded his numbers a bit with a 23-yard reception, which was the team's second-longest play from scrimmage on the day. Although Michel is still third in the pecking order for carries behind Damien Harris and Cam Newton, he seems to be working his way back into the equation and could play a part Thursday against the Rams.

Dec 6, 2020 7:34 PM EST

No carries in return to action

Michel logged just one snap on offense and zero carries in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Cardinals.

Analysis: Michel, who was suiting up for the first time since Week 3, clearly took a back seat Sunday to both Damien Harris -- who logged 34 snaps and 14 carries -- and James White, who saw 20 snaps and ran the ball five times. While Michel figures to see more snaps, and in turn, more touches in the coming weeks, he's off the fantasy radar as long as Harris remains the Patriots' top early-down option and White retains his change-of-pace role.

Nov 30, 2020 11:18 AM EST

Poised to return to backfield

Michel (quad) is in line to return to action Sunday against the Cardinals, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: His anticipated return to action bolsters the Patriots' backfield, with Rex Burkhead (knee) now on IR. With Damien Harris having ran well in his absence, Michel -- who last suited up in Week 3 -- seems likely to work in a complementary role in Week 12, while James White is still on hand to handle change-of-pace work for the team. Given that context, Michel is a speculative lineup option this week, but his role in the offense could grown as the season rolls along, in particular if Harris gets banged up at all in the coming weeks.

Nov 29, 2020 7:26 AM EST

Inactive Sunday

Michel (quad) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Analysis: Though he's now off IR, Michel will sit this one out, leaving the Patriots' Week 11 rushing duties in the hands of Damien Harris, James White and Rex Burkhead.

Nov 22, 2020 8:35 AM EST

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