Sony Michel
Sony Michel
25-Year-Old Running BackRB
New England Patriots
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Michel couldn't build on a promising rookie campaign last season, and his overall lackluster performance leaves his future role in the Patriots offense somewhat murky. While he had his moments, including a three-touchdown game against the Jets in Week 7, he failed to record a single 100-yard game all season, and he once again showed little ability to get past the first defender he encountered. Michel finished 29th in broken-tackle rate and 45th in average yards after contact (1.6), after ranking 33rd and 26th, respectively, as a rookie. With all but one of his rushing TDs coming from inside the 5-yard line, he was the very definition of a system running back, essentially producing only what his scheme and offensive line could create for him. The New England offense is now without Tom Brady for the first time in two decades, and there's no telling how much the running game will need to be emphasized in response, with either Cam Newton or Jarrett Stidham starting at quarterback. Even if he sees increased volume, Michel's lack of usage as a receiver and lack of explosiveness as a runner would seem to put a firm ceiling on his value, and there's also the threat of losing carries to 2019 third-round pick Damien Harris or even veteran Rex Burkhead. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $9.63 million contract with the Patriots in July of 2018.
Inactive Sunday
RBNew England Patriots
Coach's Decision
November 22, 2020
Michel (quad) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Texans.
ANALYSIS
Though he's now off IR, Michel will sit this one out, leaving the Patriots' Week 11 rushing duties in the hands of Damien Harris, James White and Rex Burkhead.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Sony Michel's 2020 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 %
19.2%
 
Positive Run %
96.2%
 
% Yds After Contact
54.3%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
3.6
 
Rushing TD %
3.8%
 
Touches Per Game
9.3
 
% Snaps w/Touch
46.7%
 
Air Yards Per Game
0.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.00
 
% Team Air Yards
0.0%
 
% Team Targets
1.0%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.0 Yds
 
Catch Rate
66.7%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
11.5
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
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vs Cardinals
Sunday, Nov 29th at 1:00PM
Overall QB Rating Against
79.6
 
Cornerbacks
84.4
 
Safeties
53.8
 
Linebackers
84.4
 
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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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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
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, with Michel missing a good chunk of offseason workouts and the first few days of training camp.
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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Returns from IR
RBNew England Patriots
November 21, 2020
The Patriots activated Michel (quadriceps) from injured reserve Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Not coming off IR yet
RBNew England Patriots
Quadriceps
November 14, 2020
Michel (quadriceps) was not activated off injured reserve Saturday, Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com reports.
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Drawing closer to a return
RBNew England Patriots
Quadriceps
November 13, 2020
Patriots running backs coach Ivan Fears relayed Michel (quadriceps) is "getting back" to full health, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports. "He was down, illness-wise there for a little bit, too, so that really set him back," Fears added. "And he's doing a great job. I mean, he's really looking good in practice. He really is."
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Not ready to return
RBNew England Patriots
Quadriceps
November 9, 2020
Michel (quad) was not activated from IR in advance of Monday night's game against the Jets, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
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Back at practice
RBNew England Patriots
Quadriceps
November 5, 2020
Michel (quad) has returned to practice, Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports.
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