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Patriots RB Sony Michel not thrilled with NFL debut

Ryan Hannable
September 16, 2018 - 11:06 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It wasn't the easiest game to make a NFL debut -- a rematch of the AFC title game -- but that was what Patriots rookie running back Sony Michel did Sunday after missing all of the preseason and Week 1 with a knee injury.

Michel had a decent game, finishing with 34 yards on 10 carries, while also adding a seven-yard reception. The Georgia product had a 15-yard run, the Patriots' longest of the game, to help set up the Patriots' first touchdown of the day.

When speaking about the play afterwards, Michel noted it didn't really matter since they didn't get the win.

“I think it was good for the team,” he said of the 15-yard run. “I think it was a big gain for the team, but not enough to win the game.”

Michel added: “It felt alright. Came out with a loss, so it’s never fun when you lose. Still got more work to do.”

If the rookie continues to build on Sunday, he could be the Patriots' best overall back come the end of the season given his talent.

“Sony’s worked hard. He was limited in camp and had some opportunities today,” Tom Brady said. “He’ll learn from them. He ran hard when we had some chances. He has some great mentors, in James White and Rex, to learn from.

"Hopefully, he can keep building on what he’s done so far.”

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