Sony Michel
Sony Michel
23-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.
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.
ANALYSIS
Michel's per-carry efficiency was perfectly adequate, but he simply didn't get enough opportunities to rack up strong enough numbers. The rookie's long run of the day was a modest 13 yards, and he was kept out of the end zone for the third straight game. Michel's complete lack of involvement in the passing game for the second straight week was also disappointing, and with backfield mate Rex Burkhead now healthy and serving as another adept receiver at the running back position, Michel's outlook looks shaky moving forward. The 23-year-old will look to at least up his rushing numbers versus the formidable challenge of the Bills defense in Week 16.
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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 %
7.1%
 
Positive Run %
84.2%
 
% Yds After Contact
51.9%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.2
 
Rushing TD %
2.8%
 
Touches Per Game
16.7
 
% Snaps w/Touch
67.2%
 
Air Yards Per Game
0.5
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.02
 
% Team Air Yards
0.2%
 
% Team Targets
2.2%
 
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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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Bills pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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vs Bills
Sunday, Dec 23rd at 1:00PM
Overall QB Rating Against
82.8
 
Cornerbacks
75.1
 
Safeties
97.7
 
Linebackers
78.9
 
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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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Bottled up in loss to Miami
RBNew England Patriots
December 9, 2018
Michel mustered 57 rushing yards on 20 attempts during Sunday's 34-33 loss to the Dolphins.
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Totals 70 scrimmage yards
RBNew England Patriots
December 2, 2018
Michel carried 17 times for 63 yards and caught one pass for another seven yards during Sunday's 24-10 win over the Vikings.
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Career-high 133 rushing yards
RBNew England Patriots
November 25, 2018
Michel (knee) rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries while catching both of his targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 27-13 win over the Jets.
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In uniform Sunday
RBNew England Patriots
November 25, 2018
Michel (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Jets.
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Listed as questionable
RBNew England Patriots
Knee
November 23, 2018
Michel (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets after practicing in a limited fashion all week, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.
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