Sony Michel
Sony Michel
24-Year-Old Running BackRB
New England Patriots
Questionable
Injury Knee
Fri Practice: Limited
2019 Fantasy Outlook
It took the rookie a few games to get going, but Michel's 112-yard performance against the Dolphins in Week 4 announced that Bill Belichick intended to make him a key part of the Pats' attack. The running back was especially impressive in postseason, averaging more than 100 rushing yards a game and finding the end zone six times in three games. Running behind a stout offensive line, Michel found a lot of holes, taking the yards he was given while flashing a strong burst that ranked him 11th in the league in quickest average time to the line of scrimmage. He lacks elite speed, however, and despite a reputation in college as a tough runner to bring down, he broke only 23 tackles last year, 44th in the league. Combined with a lack of opportunity to make a big contribution in the passing game due to James White's presence, there seems to be a cap on Michel's upside in New England. He should split touches once again with White, and the Patriots also have Rex Burkhead and third-round pick Damien Harris competing for snaps. Michel's role primarily on early downs makes it tough to project a full breakout, despite the headlines he generated in the playoffs. A knee scope in the spring creates added cause for concern, though the Patriots expect Michel to be ready for the start of training camp. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $9.63 million contract with the Patriots in July of 2018.
Aiming for training camp return
RBNew England Patriots
Knee
July 10, 2019
Michel (knee) hopes to be ready for the start of training camp, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports. "It's a process and it's just something that I'm just kind of working towards," Michel said Tuesday. "That's the goal -- to be ready for training camp."
ANALYSIS
Michel reportedly ran at full speed during recent workouts at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center in Foxborough, Mass. His mounting track record of knee injuries has contributed to speculation about rookie third-round pick Damien Harris stealing carries, but Michel appears on track to return to health in time to defend his role as the lead ballcarrier in New England.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Sony Michel's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
8.6%
 
Positive Run %
83.7%
 
% Yds After Contact
53.5%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.4
 
Rushing TD %
2.9%
 
Touches Per Game
16.6
 
% Snaps w/Touch
67.1%
 
Air Yards Per Game
0.5
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.02
 
% Team Air Yards
0.1%
 
% Team Targets
2.0%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.5 Yds
 
Catch Rate
63.6%
 
Drop Rate
18.2%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.4
 
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
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Overall QB Rating Against
80.6
 
Cornerbacks
86.5
 
Safeties
72.7
 
Linebackers
75.1
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Sony Michel's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
215 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.54 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.21 sec
 
Bench Press
22 reps
 
Hand Length
9.13 in
 
Arm Length
31.25 in
 
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
The 31st overall pick in this year's draft, Michel is a tough player to categorize. His size and role at Georgia alongside Nick Chubb encouraged some Alvin Kamara comparisons, but Michel is a different kind of runner, preferring to use his burst and low center of gravity to break tackles rather than avoiding contact. He does have some elusiveness, and his 4.54 40-yard dash time at the Combine is more than adequate, but his north-south style and inconsistent usage in the passing game at Georgia mark him as more of an early down and short-yardage option than a true three-down back. That skill set would make him an exciting complement to James White in a more conventional, less-crowded NFL backfield, but with Rex Burkhead, Mike Gillislee and Jeremy Hill also in the mix, Michel will need to make a good impression in training camp to earn significant snaps right away. An August injury certainly won't help in that regard, though the Patriots are optimistic Michel will recover from a minor procedure to drain fluid in his knee in time for Week 1.
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Running at full speed
RBNew England Patriots
Knee
June 23, 2019
Michel (knee) has been running at full speed and is making good progress in his recovery from arthroscopic surgery, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports.
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Recovering from knee scope
RBNew England Patriots
Knee
June 12, 2019
Michel has recently been missing practices after requiring a knee scope, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
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Misses practice of late
RBNew England Patriots
Undisclosed
June 6, 2019
Michel (undisclosed) missed all three minicamp practices this week, Paul Perillo of the Patriots' official site reports.
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Listed as top kickoff returner
RBNew England Patriots
May 30, 2019
Michel is the only kick returner listed on the Patriots' current posted depth chart, Andrew Callahan of Masslive.com reports. The running back logged four kickoff return attempts for 77 yards last season.
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Helps ice Super Bowl LIII win
RBNew England Patriots
February 3, 2019
Michel rushed 18 times for 94 yards and a touchdown and failed to bring in his two targets during the Patriots' 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday.
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