Sony Michel
Sony Michel
24-Year-Old Running BackRB
New England Patriots
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $9.63 million contract with the Patriots in July of 2018.
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.
ANALYSIS
Michel played a like cool-headed veteran throughout the contest, moving the chains with regularity and providing the game's only touchdown on a two-yard run late in the fourth quarter. The score snapped a 3-3 tie and gave the Patriots a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Michel then came back on the ensuing drive and handled the ball on seven occasions, setting up a Stephen Gostkowski field goal by helping New England move the ball all the way from its own five-yard line down to the Rams' 24. The impressive performance capped off a solid rookie year for Michel, one in which he battled through a pair of injuries to gain 931 rushing yards and six touchdowns in 13 games. He'll be locked in as New England's lead runner heading into 2019.
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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 the number of times he touched the ball.
  • 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 %
8.3%
 
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
How does the Rams pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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@ Rams
Sunday, Feb 3rd at 6:30PM
Overall QB Rating Against
79.9
 
Cornerbacks
86.5
 
Safeties
68.6
 
Linebackers
76.6
 
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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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Scores two touchdowns
RBNew England Patriots
January 20, 2019
Michel carried 29 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 37-31 AFC Championship Game overtime win over the Chiefs.
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Scores thrice in playoff debut
RBNew England Patriots
January 13, 2019
Michel racked up 129 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries and added a nine-yard catch on his lone target in Sunday's 41-28 divisional-round win over the Chargers.
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Just shy of 1,000 yards as rookie
RBNew England Patriots
December 30, 2018
Michel rushed 14 times for 50 yards in Sunday's 38-3 win over the Jets. He finishes his rookie regular season with 931 yards and six touchdowns on 209 carries, as well as 50 yards on seven catches.
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Back on track in Week 16
RBNew England Patriots
December 23, 2018
Michel rushed 18 times for 116 yards and a touchdown while failing to draw a target in Sunday's 24-12 victory over the Bills.
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Non-descript production in defeat
RBNew England Patriots
December 16, 2018
Michel rushed 13 times for 59 yards in the Patriots' 17-10 loss to the Steelers on Sunday.
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