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Sony Michel reacts to fumble in Saturday's training camp session

Ryan Hannable
July 29, 2018 - 1:02 pm

FOXBORO -- As it relates to the Patriots running backs, one of the biggest storylines is ball security with rookie Sony Michel.

Whether it's justified or not, it's been mentioned with Michel each time his name comes up.

The Georgia product fumbled 12 times in college, but five came in his sophomore year and he had just two as a senior — only losing one. Those two fumbles came over 156 carries, so in reality he fumbled once every 78 carries. Still, when Michel had a fumble in Saturday's session it became a topic of discussion.

“You have to keep pushing forward," Michel said after practice Sunday. "I got a whole practice to go. That was yesterday, I just have to keep moving forward.”

Added Michel: “Ball security is important in football, period. No matter what position you play. The game of football, ball security is very important.”

Michel should be a vital part to the Patriots offense this season, as not only can he run the ball, he has proven he can be an effective pass catcher out of the backfield. We all know him important that is in the Patriots offense.

The running back position is fairly deep as besides Michel there's veterans James White, Rex Burkhead, Mike Gillislee, Jeremy Hill and Brandon Bolden. Michel says he's trying to learn as much as he can from them so he's ready for the season.

“It’s kind of the same mindset, learning as much as possible to get ready and coming out here and trying to do my best," he said.

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