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Sony Michel

Sony Michel

Running Back #1
ADP:Round: 7, Pick: 7
Team: New England Patriots
Ht / Wt:5'11" / 214 lb.
College:Georgia
Age:25
Born:February 17, 1995
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 1 (31)
Draft Team:NE

Sony Michel: Uncertain for Week 1

The Patriots' signing of Lamar Miller may be related to uncertainty regarding Michel (foot) being ready for Week 1, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The foot surgery Michel had in May initially was said to be minor, but it's now fair to question that sentiment as he lingers on the PUP list through the second week of team activities. The Patriots are scheduled to begin practicing Wednesday, and Michel won't be able to join his teammates until/unless he's activated from the list. In addition to Miller, the Patriots have James White, Damien Harris and Rex Burkhead as solid options to take backfield reps with the first-team offense.

August 11, 2020 6:14 AM EST

Sony Michel: Placed on PUP list

The Patriots placed Michel (foot) on the active/PUP list Sunday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: This move doesn't come as a surprise, as there was some uncertainty whether Michel would be able to practice when the Patriots can first do so Aug. 12. He remains in recovery mode from May surgery to relieve discomfort in his foot. Once he's deemed healthy, he should get the first chance to take on reps on the ground, but Rex Burkhead and second-year pro Damien Harris are around in the event Michel falters.

August 2, 2020 2:09 PM EST

Sony Michel: Status remains murky

Michel (foot) may not receive clearance to practice by the time the Patriots are first eligible to do so Aug. 12, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports

Analysis: Michel remains in recovery mode from May foot surgery, which was undertaken to mitigate lingering discomfort. The maintenance-based procedure has left him with at least a two-month rehabilitation and seemingly longer, if Howe's report is to be believed. Per the terms of the amended collective bargaining agreement, teams can begin to practice Aug. 12, with a start date of Aug. 17 for padded sessions. Once he's able to get back on the field, Michel will look to fend off Damien Harris and Rex Burkhead for early down work in the Patriots offense.

July 27, 2020 4:34 PM EST

Sony Michel: Training in Foxborough

Michel has been rehabbing from foot surgery at the team facility, ESPN.com's Mike Reiss reports.

Analysis: While most players won't be allowed to use NFL team facilities until training camp, guys who are rehabbing injuries have been permitted to work with trainers. Michel had foot surgery in May, with reports suggesting it was a minor procedure to relieve lingering discomfort. He doesn't appear to be using a walking boot, but it's otherwise unclear how he's progressing through the rehab process. Any missed practice time could free up additional first-team reps for Damien Harris and Rex Burkhead.

July 13, 2020 7:31 AM EST

Sony Michel: Recovering from foot surgery

Michel underwent foot surgery in May, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The procedure reportedly was "maintenance-based" to relieve lingering discomfort, rather than addressing a severe injury. It isn't clear if Michel will be ready for the start of training camp, though he's already back in Foxborough for rehab work. Damien Harris and Rex Burkhead should get more snaps with the first-team offense if Michel isn't available this summer. The 2018 first-round pick has a troubling history of right knee injuries -- and also dealt with ankle, arm and shoulder injuries in college -- but this is the first report of any issue with his foot.

June 12, 2020 7:13 AM EST

Sony Michel: Leads team on ground

Michel carried the ball 14 times for 61 yards in the team's Wild-Card Round loss to the Titans. He added two receptions for nine yards.

Analysis: Michel accounted for 14 of the team's 22 carries, dominating the Patriots' backfield. While he was largely efficient with his carries, he was held out of the end zone twice on the goal-line during a crucial drive just before halftime. Overall, Michel averaged only 3.7 yards per carry for the campaign, though he still found the end zone seven times and accounted for 1,006 total yards from scrimmage. With both Rex Burkhead and James White set to be free agents, Michel could take on an even larger share of the team's work out of the backfield in 2020.

January 4, 2020 9:05 PM EST

Sony Michel: Solid in Week 17 loss

Michel (illness) rushed 18 times for 74 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' 27-24 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday.

Analysis: Michel was a late addition to the injury report Saturday due to an illness, but he toughed it out Sunday and was solid while spearheading the ground attack. The second-year back heads into next weekend's Wild Card matchup against the Titans having gained between Sunday's 74 yards and 96 yards over the last three contests. It's also worth noting Michel's late-second-quarter four-yard rushing score was his first touchdown since Week 7, breaking an eight-game drought.

December 29, 2019 7:02 PM EST

Sony Michel: Suits up Sunday

Michel (illness) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Analysis: Michel was added to New England's Week 17 injury report Saturday, after he came down with an illness. He'll give it a go in the team's regular-season finale, as the Patriots look to secure a first-round playoff bye, something they'd accomplish with a win Sunday (or a Kansas City loss). Fifteen games into his 2019 campaign, Michel has carried 229 times for 838 yards (3.7 YPC) and six TDs, to go along with 12 catches for 94 yards. Given his limited involvement in the passing game, Michel needs to see solid rushing volume in order to gain fantasy utility, and that's been the case over his last two outings, as the 2018 first-rounder has logged 40 carries for 185 yards and two catches for 19 yards in that span. It remains to be seen if he'll be slowed at all Sunday by the effects of his illness, with Rex Burkhead, James White and Brandon Bolden options to pick up extra carries if Michel is limited at all.

December 29, 2019 8:44 AM EST

Sony Michel: On track to play

Michel (illness), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, is expected to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Michel was a full participant in practice all week and initially didn't have a designation for the regular-season finale until Saturday, when he came down with an illness. Schefter's report suggests that Michel is feeling better a day later, so he'll likely be tasked with filling his usual role as the Patriots' lead option on the ground. New England isn't expected to rest any starters in Week 17 while the game remains competitive, as the Patriots can clinch the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs and avoid the wild-card round with a win or a Kansas City loss to the Chargers.

December 29, 2019 6:28 AM EST

Sony Michel: Dealing with sickness

Michel (illness) has been downgraded to questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Analysis: The second-year running back logged 40 carries and two receptions over the last two weeks, and James White and Rex Burkhead are on standby in case Michel can't go. Michel popped up on the injury report Saturday due to this illness, so he'll likely be a game-time decision ahead of Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.

December 28, 2019 12:57 PM EST

Sony Michel: Efficient afternoon against Bills

Michel ran for 96 yards on 21 carries and caught one of two targets for five receiving yards during Saturday's 24-17 win against Buffalo.

Analysis: Though his receiving upside remains practically nonexistent, Michel was capable of establishing a 4.6 yards-per-carry average against the Bills' stingy front seven. In the wake of a sluggish eight-yard performance on five carries against Kansas City during Week 14, Michel has rattled off 185 yards on 40 rush attempts over his past two outings against Buffalo and Cincinnati. Michel has now accounted for 70.2 percent of New England's running back carries over the past two weeks, heading into a matchup against a Miami defense that ranks bottom 10 this season in both yards conceded per carry (4.6) and rushing touchdowns allowed (11) to opposing RBs.

December 21, 2019 5:08 PM EST

Sony Michel: Gains 103 yards in win

Michel ran for 89 yards on 19 carries and added a 14-yard catch during Sunday's 34-13 win over the Bengals. He fumbled during the contest, but the Patriots maintained possession.

Analysis: After a miserable outing against the Chiefs, Michel responded with his third-highest yardage total of the season and second best yards-per carry average of the season. Last week's clunker against Kansas City aside, Michel seems to be finding his stride with three games averaging at least four yards per carry in his last four contests after just three such performances in his first 10 games of 2019. With the passing game continuing the struggle, the Patriots' best path down the stretch would seem to be pounding the ball with Michel and playing great defense. Next up is a division matchup against the Bills, which held Michel to 63 yards on 17 carries in Week 4.

December 15, 2019 2:48 PM EST

Sony Michel: Disappearing act against Chiefs

Michel carried the ball five times for eight yards and caught his only target for one yard in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: The second-year running back had his worst performance of the season, and Michel's struggles opened the door for Rex Burkhead and even Brandon Bolden to cut into his workload while James White become the team's de facto No. 1 RB. Michel hasn't found the end zone since Week 8 and hasn't topped 100 scrimmage yards since Week 6, making him a very risky fantasy option in Week 15, even against the Bengals' vulnerable run defense.

December 8, 2019 6:43 PM EST

Sony Michel: Just 10 carries on SNF

Michel rushed 10 times for 45 yards in Sunday's 28-22 loss to Houston.

Analysis: Michel didn't perform poorly by any means (4.5 yards per carry), but New England was playing from behind wire-to-wire so the offense leaned on receiving back, James White (22 touches), for the majority of the contest. Luckily for the 24-year-old's fantasy owners, the 10-2 Patriots don't fall behind big very often, which has resulted in 15.3 carries per game for the early-down back this season. The real concern for Michel has been the recent lack of goal-line opportunities, as the back has zero touchdowns over his last five contests after posting six through his first seven. We could be in line for a similar game script in Week 14 when the Chiefs' high-octane offense comes to Foxborough for a 2018 AFC Championship rematch.

December 1, 2019 10:05 PM EST

Sony Michel: Leading rusher in win

Michel carried the ball 20 times for 85 yards in Sunday's 13-9 win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: The wet conditions didn't make much of an impact on Michel, who topped 80 rushing yards for the first time since Week 6. The second-year RB hasn't found the end zone in four straight games, limiting his fantasy utility, but Michel will try to end that scoring slump in Week 13's road tilt against the Texans.

November 24, 2019 9:08 PM EST

Sony Michel: Low volume again in win

Michel carried the ball 10 times for 33 yards and caught two of four targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 17-10 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: Neither offense could get much going either on the ground or through the air, and Michel saw fewer than 15 touches for the second straight game and third time this season. The second-year RB continues to have a disappointing campaign, but he could find some room to roam in Week 12 against a Cowboys defense that just gave up some big plays to another physical runner in Bo Scarbrough.

November 17, 2019 6:43 PM EST

Sony Michel: Compiles 113 total yards in win

Michel rushed 22 times for 86 yards and secured two of three targets for 27 yards in the Patriots' 35-14 win over the Giants on Thursday.

Analysis: Michel was solid as both a runner and receiver in the three-touchdown win, logging over 20 rushing touches for the second time this season and recording multiple receptions for the second straight contest. His involvement as a receiver was particularly encouraging, considering Michel hadn't logged a catch over the first four games of the season and had never notched multiple receptions in back-to-back contests in his career. The 2018 first-round pick will look to extend his strong production into a Week 7 matchup against the Jets a week from Sunday.

October 10, 2019 9:24 PM EST

Sony Michel: Capitalizes on favorable matchup

Michel rushed 16 times for 91 yards and a touchdown while catching all three of his targets for 32 yards in Sunday's 33-7 win over Washington.

Analysis: Michel came in averaging a paltry 2.8 yards per carry, but he found a lot more running room in this favorable matchup. He took over the game on a third-quarter possession with his team up 19-7, breaking off a 25-yard run and capping the drive three plays later with a 14-yard touchdown. The three catches were also his first receiving action of the season, and Michel would gain even more value if he becomes involved as a receiver out of the backfield in addition to his contributions on the ground.

October 6, 2019 2:08 PM EST

Sony Michel: Leading rusher but TD vultured

Michel rushed 17 times for 63 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game in Sunday's 16-10 win over Buffalo.

Analysis: The Patriots have long frustrated fantasy owners with running back committees, and 2019 has been no different, with fourth-stringer Brandon Bolden scoring the game's first touchdown from four yards out in the first quarter. New England's offense wouldn't find the end zone again in this one, though at least Michel was the team's clear-cut top choice on the ground, with 17 of the team's 20 rushing attempts (not counting Tom Brady's three kneel downs to end the game). If Michel sees similar volume in Week 5, he should fare better against a Redskins team that's allowing 29.5 points per game.

September 29, 2019 2:38 PM EST

Sony Michel: Quiet after early TD

Michel rushed nine times for 11 yards and a touchdown while failing to haul in his lone target in Sunday's 30-14 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Michel capped the opening drive with a five-yard touchdown on his first carry, then watched Rex Burkhead saunter in from two yards out in the third quarter. While the Patriots are blowing opponents out and thus doing plenty of damage on the ground, Michel's ceiling is capped by New England's committee approach in the backfield, featuring Michel, Burkhead and usually James White, who missed this game for the birth of his child. Burkhead had 36 more rushing yards on two more carries than Michel, so the second-year back will need to improve his effectiveness to avoid losing a larger share of the workload to the team's other backfield options.

September 22, 2019 1:22 PM EST

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