RB Sony Michel - New England Patriots

5-11, 222Born: 2-17-1995College: GeorgiaDrafted: Round 1, pick 2018

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 16): Michel still isn't getting work in the passing game but he did get a goal line carry and continues to be the lead back for a team that will have a lot of goal line drives and winning game scripts. Another cakewalk is up this week vs. the Jets.

Week 3: vs New York Jets

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FBG says: Tough matchup. The Patriots rotated three backs once again against the Dolphins as Sony Michel saw 49% of the snaps with James White at 31% and Rex Burkhead at 24%. After a slow start from Sony Michel who had just 14 yards in week 1, he did look much improved against the Dolphins weak rushing defense. Michel carried the ball 21 times for 83 yards and did find the end-zone for the first time this season in the 43-0 lopsided win. If there is one area of concern for the Patriots it is on the offensive line as they lost center David Andrews to a blood clot issue, right tackle Marcus Cannon is dealing with a shoulder injury although he may return this week, and left tackle Isaiah Wynn went to IR this past week which leaves the team incredibly thin up front. Outside of Devin Singletary's 70 yards on just four carries in Week 1, the Jets run defense has been one that has been solid so far this season. The team shut down Frank Gore holding him to just 1.8 yards-per-carry and this past week shut-down Nick Chubb holding him to just 3.4 yards-per-carry even without star linebacker C.J. Mosely. The defensive line led by Leonard Williams and run-stopping defensive tackle Steve McLendon caused havoc for the Browns this past week. The Jets may once again be without Mosley as he missed practice on Wednesday and if he is unable to play would be a significant loss. The Jets at the safety position have two of the best run-stoppers in the business in Marcus Maye and Jamal Adams who have both been tremendous so far this year. If Mosley is able to play, this becomes one of the best run-stopping units in football and is even more exemplified by how poor the corners are on this defense.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs PIT 23 15 14 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 1.4
2 at MIA 35 21 85 1 0 0.0 0 0 1 13.5
3 vs NYJ PROJ-Dodds * 17 * * 0.6 * * * *
3 vs NYJ PROJ-Tremblay * 18 * * 0.0 * * * *
3 vs NYJ PROJ-Bloom * 18 * * 0.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Sony Michel's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 2 vs MIA (21 / 85 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

To no one's surprise, the Pats made a concerted effort to run the ball against the Dolphins, especially since the game was out of hand by the second half. Behind a makeshift offensive line for much of the game, Michel looked relatively ordinary, though again, blocking was hit-or-miss. His lone touchdown was of the short variety for the first score of the game, and was a relatively easy one. His biggest blemish was a fumble, though Belichick didn't bench him for the error. Unsurprisingly, Michel was not involved in the passing game, and though his usage should remain consistent as the Pats look to balance their attack in games, it's a reminder that he won't play in hurry-up or pass-heavy games.

2019 Week 1 vs PIT (15 / 14 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

You could call this a dud for Michel, who didn't do much of anything despite great game script. On the positive side, he did see touches. On the negative side, he split plenty of time with James White and Rex Burkhead. There weren't huge holes in terms of running room, but he didn't do much with what was given, looking fairly ordinary. He did not, however, look injured or held back, so this may be one to chalk up to rough play. Better days are likely ahead, especially given the look of this offense.

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Patriots | Sony Michel stumbles out of the gates (Mon Sep 9, 12:36 AM) - New England Patriots RB Sony Michel carried 15 times for 14 yards in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Schedule

3vs New York Jets
4@ Buffalo Bills
5@ Washington Redskins
6vs New York Giants
7@ New York Jets
8vs Cleveland Browns
9@ Baltimore Ravens
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ Philadelphia Eagles
12vs Dallas Cowboys
13@ Houston Texans
14vs Kansas City Chiefs
15@ Cincinnati Bengals
16vs Buffalo Bills
17vs Miami Dolphins