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Former first-round pick of the New England Patriots According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Sony Michel visited the Miami Dolphins yesterday and expects to visit the New Orleans Saints later this week.
Former first-round running back According to a source, Sony Michel met with the #Dolphins today and will meet with the #Saints later this week. Several clubs are seeking for an offensive weapon after the draft.
May 5, 2022 — Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN)
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Michel was selected 31st overall by the Patriots in the 2018 NFL Draft out of Georgia University. Michel played three seasons with the Patriots before being dealt to the Los Angeles Rams. The 27-year-old running back started seven games for the defending Super Bowl Champions in 2021. Michel rushed for 845 yards and four touchdowns on 208 carries. Michel has 21 receptions for 128 yards in the passing game, according to ESPN.
It’s no secret that the RB has been plagued by injuries that have prevented him from reaching his full ability. He has never rushed for more than 1,000 yards in his four seasons in the NFL. For three of the four seasons, though, he has consistently come close. He’s only ever spent one complete season in New England. His talent seems to be unquestionable, but his availability is an issue.
History of Sony Michel in New England
Michel’s debut season with the Patriots was his most productive statistical year to date. He carried the ball 209 times in his debut season, rushing for 931 yards and six touchdowns. Throughout the postseason, he took off and proved to be a valuable contributor. In fact, he was almost unstoppable and was instrumental in the Patriots’ Super Bowl triumph. Through three games, he carried for 242 yards and five touchdowns on 53 attempts.
To put things in perspective, Michel was playing behind one of the top offensive lines and tight ends in the NFL at the time, but it doesn’t change the fact that he was outstanding in important games as a rookie. During the AFC Championship game, he scored two crucial touchdowns, enabling the Pats go to the Super Bowl.
In his second year, he had statistically identical figures. He did, though, look to be less productive on offense. Unfortunately, injuries hampered him in his last season with the Patriots, limiting him to just nine games and 449 yards on 77 runs with one score, according to Pro Football Reference.
While this news may be upsetting to many Patriots fans, take a minute to consider Michel’s effect on the organization.
Michel is sent to the Los Angeles Rams.
According to NBC Sports’ Justin Leger, Sony Michel was dealt to the Rams for a fifth and sixth-round selection in the 2022 NFL Draft. Even though he hasn’t been as dynamic as he was in 2018-19, he continues to produce. Michel was not the best running back in Los Angeles, and he had to learn how to fit into the scheme. Being moved in the middle of the season pushed him to swiftly learn to a new playbook, but Rams great quarterback Matthew Stafford praised him.
“He’s basically a veteran back.” He’s played big-time football in college, big-time football in the pros, and big games,” USA Today’s Cameron DaSilva wrote. “He’s a seasoned pro.” He knows what it takes to play in the NFL at a high level. So I’m looking forward to meeting him. He still has much to learn. He understands, and I’ll do whatever I can to help him come up to speed – whether it’s additional meetings or anything – so he can assist us on game day.”
Michel has won two Super Bowls in four seasons and continues to be a valuable asset to many NFL clubs. So it’s no wonder that Michel is gaining traction with division rivals and clubs throughout the league.