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Sony Michel on start to NFL career: 'If we ain’t winning games, it ain’t fun'

Ryan Hannable
September 24, 2018 - 8:28 am

DETROIT -- The start to Patriots rookie running back Sony Michel's career hasn't been great.

The Patriots have made an effort to get him going offensively after he missed Week 1 with a knee injury, but through two games the rookie has 84 yards on 24 carries. The numbers would be even worse without a 15-yard run against the Jaguars. Michel looks like a player still adjusting to the speed of the NFL and also is still getting his legs back under him after missing so much time.

“If we ain’t winning games, it ain’t fun,” Michel said after the 26-10 loss Sunday night. “Nothing will make me feel good except for winning games. That’s the purpose, that’s the goal, and that’s what we want to work towards.”

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Michel did get better in the second half as he averaged 5.7 yards (40 yards on seven carries), which came after the first half when he averaged 1.4 yards per carry (10 yards on seven carries). 

“Playing the game, it can be frustrating, but you got to focus on the game," he said. "You got a lot of game to play, so you got to just keep pushing.”

Tom Brady may have taken a shot at the rookie afterwards when discussing James White.

“[James White's] got to be involved," Brady said. "Guys who can make plays, those are the ones that should be involved, and James is certainly one of them.”

With Rex Burkhead continuing to get banged up (left game with neck injury), the Patriots really need Michel to get going because without him, there's no running game.

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