Michel signed a contract with the Dolphins on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The veteran running back will bring depth to a backfield that already includes Chase Edmonds, Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed. Michel appeared in 17 games a season ago with the Rams, rushing for 845 yards and four scores while hauling in 21 passes for 128 yards and one touchdown.
May 9, 2022 4:54 PM EST
Michel, who visited the Dolphins on Wednesday, is also in line to visit the Saints, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports.
Analysis: The chances of Michel returning to the Rams and rejoining a backfield that also includes Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson seemingly took a hit with the team's fifth-round selection of Kyren Williams in the recent NFL Draft. This past season, Michel carried 208 times for 845 yards and four TDs, while adding 21 catches for a 128 yards a receiving score, but the volume he logged in 2021 was largely the result of Akers missing most of the season with an Achilles' injury. If Michel signs with either Miami or New Orleans, he'd likely work in a complementary role, with the Dolphins already rostering Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert and the Saints' rushing attack still led by Alvin Kamara.
May 5, 2022 10:14 AM EST
Michel had two carries for two yards in the Rams' 23-20 win Sunday over the Bengals in Super Bowl LVI.
Analysis: Michel saw only seven snaps, as Darrell Henderson, who was returning from a knee injury, leaped past him on the running back positional depth chart. Michel spent the final weeks of the regular season as the Rams' lead back, with Cam Akers missing the first 17 weeks of the season due to a torn Achilles and Henderson dealing with an MCL sprain. The extra work down the stretch helped him compile 845 yards on 208 carries and four touchdowns on the ground, along with 21 receptions on 33 targets for 128 yards and another touchdown through the air. The Patriots declined the fifth year on Michel's contract before trading him to the Rams in August, so he will be a free agent this offseason. With Akers and Henderson already under contract for 2022, there's a good chance Michel will be looking for a new home once free agency opens.
Feb 14, 2022 6:56 PM EST
Michel rushed 10 times for 16 yards and brought in one of two targets for minus-4 yards during the Rams' 20-17 loss to the 49ers in their NFC Championship Game matchup Sunday.
Analysis: Michel carried just three times fewer than backfield mate Cam Akers, but he gained 32 less yards as well while averaging just 1.6 per carry. The four-year veteran saw a bit of a bump in workload due to Akers' in-game shoulder injury, but the latter was able to return the contest and appears to be okay moving forward. That likely equates to another relatively modest complementary role for Michel in the Super Bowl LVI matchup against the Bengals on Feb. 13, although his prior experience playing for the Lombardi Trophy while with the Patriots could earn potentially earn him some decent volume in the contest.
Jan 30, 2022 7:35 PM EST
Michel rushed once for four yards and caught two passes for negative four yards during Sunday's 30-27 win over Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Michel was officially leapfrogged by Cam Akers on Sunday. Akers out snapped Michel 58 to 14 and had 23 more rushing attempts. However, Akers also lost two fumbles, and the second one was with just 2:33 left in regulation. Michel only lost a single fumble all season, so it could be worthwhile to monitor what head coach Sean McVay says about the backfield leading into next week's game against the 49ers.
Jan 24, 2022 7:47 AM EST
Michel rushed 13 times for 58 yards in Monday night's 34-11 wild-card round win over the Cardinals.
Analysis: Michel ripped off a 35-yard run on Los Angeles' first offensive play, setting the tone for a dominating performance from the Rams. Overall, though, Michel didn't get much going with his other handoffs. While he still led the team in rushing yards, Cam Akers topped him with 17 carries, gaining 55 yards. Akers also caught a 40-yard pass from Odell Beckham, putting together a more complete performance than Michel. With the Rams comfortable rotating between Michel and Akers, however, look for both to remain consistently involved versus the Buccaneers in Sunday's NFC divisional-round game.
Jan 17, 2022 9:21 PM EST
Michel rushed 21 times for 43 yards and caught one of four targets for six more yards in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the 49ers.
Analysis: Michel's recent string of strong play came to a screeching halt, as he was barely able to move the rock against a stout 49ers front seven. The veteran power back still dominated the backfield touches (22 out of 30 potential RB touches) despite the return of Cam Akers (Achilles), although the latter was expected to be eased into action this week. Michel may see his role on offense erode with the versatile Akers back in the fold, beginning with next week's Wild Card matchup against the Cardinals. A potential timeshare limits the veteran's value, but he should still remain involved in early-down work while getting first crack at goal-line rushing attempts.
Jan 9, 2022 7:06 PM EST
Michel ran for 74 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries and caught three passes for 25 yards on five targets against Baltimore on Sunday.
Analysis: The Ravens didn't give the Rams any freebies Sunday and Michel had to grind out his yardage, but fantasy investors won't mind as long as Michel gets usage like this, especially if it comes with a touchdown most weeks. With Darrell Henderson (knee) out of the picture it's almost a given that Michel maintains his volume going forward, including against the 49ers in Week 18.
Jan 2, 2022 1:33 PM EST
The Rams plan to keep leaning on Michel down the stretch run of the season, according to NFL.com's Kevin Patra.
Analysis: That's especially true with Darrell Henderson (knee) landing on IR this week, though Michel had already taken over the lead role after his teammate dealt with a thigh injury and then COVID-19. The Rams are now left with Jake Funk and special teamer Buddy Howell as their backup options, along with Cam Akers (Achilles) whenever he's ready to play (possibly as soon as this Sunday in Baltimore). While Akers could be a bigger part of the offense in the playoffs, he shouldn't take too much work from Michel in his first game back from a severe injury, be it in Week 17, Week 18 or the postseason.
Dec 29, 2021 9:22 AM EST
Michel rushed the ball 27 times for 131 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's 30-23 win over the Vikings. He added one reception for four yards.
Analysis: Michel dominated touches out of the Rams' backfield to begin the game, but his role as the top back was cemented when Darrell Henderson was ruled out with a knee injury. As a result, Michel earned a season-high 27 carries and racked up 135 total yards. He tallied four carries of 10 yards or more and also plunged into the end zone from one yard away to open the scoring. Michel has earned at least 20 total touches in each of his last four games and appears well positioned to be the lead back once again in Week 17 against Baltimore.
Dec 26, 2021 1:44 PM EST
Michel rushed 18 times for 92 yards in Tuesday's 20-10 win over the Seahawks. He was not targeted in the passing game.
Analysis: Head coach Sean McVay stated that Michel had worked his way into a timeshare with Darrell Henderson with the latter returning from the reserved/COVID-19 list this week. A low-scoring, late-lead game script for the Rams resulted in Michel receiving more touches (18 to eight). The team's mid-season lull might have been a result of a lack of balance on offense, and they appear to have found that balance with the power back's downhill running style. Next week's tilt against the Vikings smells like a potential shootout between two high-powered offenses with a lot on the line, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Henderson receive extra looks in those types of matchups down the stretch.
Dec 21, 2021 9:01 PM EST
Rams head coach Sean McVay hinted that Michel may be deployed as part of a timeshare out of the backfield with Darrell Henderson during Tuesday's game against the Seahawks, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports. "We'll use them both. Sony has done a great job these last couple weeks. We know how reliable Darrell is," McVay said. "So, both of these guys, if they're both up and available, we'll utilize both those guys. As far as the starer, who gets more, it'll be a feel for the flow of the game. I look at it as like we have two starting backs."
Analysis: McVay has largely eschewed a timeshare arrangement this season, as Henderson has played no fewer than 59 percent of the offensive snaps in any of his 10 appearances, while Michel has logged at least 73 percent of the snaps in each of the three games that Henderson has missed. However, after Michel averaged a solid 4.5 yards per carry over the past two games while Henderson was out Week 13 with a thigh injury and Week 14 due to a stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list, McVay could be more inclined to find room for both backs in the Week 16 game plan. Henderson should garner the start by virtue of having resided atop the depth chart before he missed time, but it wouldn't be surprising if McVay favored the hotter hand between the two backs as the game rolls along. Even if he loses out on some carries, Henderson should at least serve as the Rams' preferred pass-catching option, given the lack of aptitude Michel has shown in that area throughout his career.
Dec 21, 2021 9:53 AM EST
Michel and the Rams will no longer play the Seahawks on Sunday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.
Analysis: Due to ongoing COVID-19-related concerns within the Rams organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, Los Angeles will be able to restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth issues on the roster. Michel has picked up 20-plus touches in both of the Rams' past two games, as top back Darrell Henderson was available only in an emergency Week 13 with a thigh injury before sitting out Week 14 after testing positive for the virus. Henderson remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list as of Friday, but the two-day delay could provide enough time for him to clear the necessary protocols ahead of Tuesday's kickoff. Michel's fantasy outlook for Week 15 will ultimately be determined by Henderson's availability (or lack thereof).
Dec 17, 2021 12:55 PM EST
Michel rushed 20 times for 79 yards in Monday night's 30-23 win over the Cardinals.
Analysis: Michel started his second straight game in place of banged-up teammate Darrell Henderson (thigh), who was placed on the COVID list over the weekend. As was the case with his promotion in Week 13, when he rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown, Sony again relished working with Los Angeles' first-team offense. He rushed nine times for 51 yards in the first half, and although his pace slowed during the second, tempering his overall production, his physicality helped the Rams clinch a big victory. Even if Henderson returns in Week 15 versus the Seahawks, Michel's recent play would figure to keep him in the mix for carries, and he'd again be expected to carry a large workload if Henderson is unavailable.
Dec 13, 2021 9:02 PM EST
Michel will be listed as the Rams' starting running for Monday's matchup against the Cardinals after Darrel Henderson (thigh) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday.
Analysis: Michel will get his second consecutive start with Henderson out after suiting up but not playing in the Rams' dominant win over the Jaguars last week. Michel was extremely effective as the team's primary back, rushing for 121 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries against a vulnerable Jaguars defense. He also hauled in three receptions for eight yards on four targets as Los Angeles' only other available back and undrafted rookie Mekhi Sargent saw just two carries in the game. Michel should figure to see similar usage this week as the Rams go up against division rival Arizona. The Rams' running backs combined for 17 rushes and 100 yards when the Rams last played the Cardinals in Week 4.
Dec 11, 2021 2:05 PM EST
Michel ran for 121 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries and caught three passes for eight yards on four targets against Jacksonville on Sunday.
Analysis: Darrell Henderson (thigh) sat out, leaving just Michel and undrafted rookie Mekhi Sargent (two carries for five yards) to suit up at running back for the Rams. The Jaguars unsurprisingly stood no chance in this game and Michel was one of the main beneficiaries as he saw his usage spike upward against the vulnerable defense. That elevated usage was dependent on Henderson's absence, though, so if Henderson can play against Arizona in Week 14 then Michel might need to return to an abbreviated bench role.
Dec 5, 2021 4:18 PM EST
Michel could move into the lead backfield role with teammate Darrell Henderson (thigh) listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Henderson's injury isn't thought to be serious, but he was held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday, likely putting him on the wrong side of questionable, especially with the Rams being huge favorites over the Jags this week. It's also possible that Henderson plays but shares more of the workload with Michel than usual. When healthy, Henderson typically has handled a three-down role, with a large portion of Michel's playing time either coming in garbage time or when Henderson was banged up. That said, coach Sean McVay made it clear he trust Michel to lead the Rams' rushing attack and keep the team on schedule, even making a comparison to 2018 when C.J. Anderson stepped in for the more explosive Todd Gurley and helped the Rams reach a Super Bowl. The team doesn't expect Henderson to miss an extended period the way Gurley did that season, but it does sound like Michel could be busy for the next week or two.
Dec 3, 2021 12:20 PM EST
Michel rushed three times for 14 yards and caught his only target for 11 yards during Sunday's 36-28 loss to Green Bay. He played just 12 of 52 offensive snaps.
Analysis: It was another quiet showing from Michel. He's accumulated just seven touches and three targets over the past two games while playing only 26 offensive snaps. As long as Darrell Henderson is healthy and receiving the bulk of work out of the backfield, there isn't a lot of opportunity left over for Michel. It will probably take an injury to Henderson for Michel to make a fantasy impact this season.
Nov 29, 2021 8:32 AM EST
Michel rushed four times for 20 yards and caught both his targets for 11 yards during Monday's 31-10 loss to San Francisco. He played 14 of 55 offensive snaps.
Analysis: While Michel continues to play second fiddle to No. 1 running back Darrell Henderson, the latter has missed time in each of the past two games. Henderson was evaluated for a concussion Monday, and last week, he sustained an ankle injury that cost him most of the second quarter. Michel has filled in admirably when presented opportunities, but head coach Sean McVay remains steadfast on sticking to a go-to rusher, and Henderson has the role secured for the time being. Still, Henderson has been anything but a beacon of health through his first three seasons in the league, so Michel should remain rostered in most fantasy settings.
Nov 16, 2021 6:29 AM EST
Michel rushed seven times for 20 yards and caught two of his three targets for six yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 28-16 loss to the Titans.
Analysis: With Darrell Henderson sustaining an ankle injury in the second quarter, Michel played a larger role Sunday and scored his second touchdown of the campaign. Henderson was able to return to the game, though, and he's likely to be the lead running back again against San Francisco next Monday. Still, Michel is proving he's capable of contributing on the ground and through the air, and mixing him into the offense more often moving forward would probably be pragmatic. However, Los Angeles head coach Sean McVay has typically gone with a single go-to rusher during his tenure. Even with that in mind, Michel remains an intriguing fantasy asset with huge upside if his role ever increased.
Nov 8, 2021 6:53 AM EST
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