HOF running back Terrell Davis not surprised by Sony Michel's success in rookie season

Ryan Hannable
January 31, 2019 - 1:41 pm

ATLANTA -- Sony Michel has enjoyed a pretty solid rookie season with the Patriots.

In 13 regular-season games, the Georgia product ran for 931 yards and six touchdowns, and also has played a major role in the two playoff wins. In the two postseason games, Michel has ran for 242 yards and five touchdowns.

Terrell Davis, who was part of the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, isn't surprised at all by his success because he saw it when he was at Georgia, which is also his alma mater.

“I am not surprised because I have seen it before," Davis said Wednesday when NFL Media analysts were made available. "I have seen him. I have watched him for the last four, five years now. I knew it. … When Sony and Nick (Chubb) were playing, you knew you were watching something special. A tandem that you’ve seen before, not quite Barry and Thurman, but two special backs.”

Davis added: “I see a guy that is fluid. He has an effortless kind of running style. What I enjoy with backs like him is he doesn’t seem to have good power, but he does. He has soft hands. He understands the offense. He has what I call football awareness and some backs just don’t have that. Sony has that. He has a good personality and a positive vibe to him. He’s tough. He’s a tough runner.”

Michel will have his work cut out for him against a strong Rams defensive line in Super Bowl LIII, but the Patriots do not stand much of a chance if they cannot be productive on the ground.

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