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Sony Michel credits teammates for supporting him before breakout game vs. Dolphins

Ryan Hannable
September 30, 2018 - 6:21 pm

FOXBORO -- Sunday against the Dolphins was Sony Michel's welcome party to the NFL.

The rookie running back out of Georgia ran for 112 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries, which amounted to 4.5 yards per carry. He is the first Patriots rookie to reach 100 yards rushing in
a game since Brandon Bolden gained 137 yards at Buffalo on Sept. 30, 2012.

"It's always great to go out there, just play football and the ultimate goal is to go out there and get a win," Michel said. "That's why we play the game."

The performance on Sunday came following two tough games to open his NFL career, as he combined for 84 yards on 24 carries, or 3.5 yards a carry, against the Jaguars and Lions. He also got a lot of criticism from fans and in the media during the week, but the reality was Michel wasn't doing anything wrong, he just wasn't getting the blocking he needed.

Michel credited his teammates for supporting him.

“I would say I’m blessed, because going through times that aren’t the brightest helps you learn so much,” he said. “I’m blessed to say I had those times that I could learn from. A lot of people don’t. A lot of people may have those times coming, and they may not know how to react to them. But me, I had a rough start, but I’ve got great guys around me to encourage me, to stand next to me. It’s a family in here, so it helps. But you’ve got to just keep pushing and keep fighting.”

With only three running backs on the active roster, Michel figures to see the same type of workload for the foreseeable future, unless someone else is brought in.

But, with games like Sunday, maybe the organization doesn't need to.

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