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Josh McDaniels praises Sony Michel, who should continue to improve this week vs. Chiefs

Ryan Hannable
October 08, 2018 - 1:10 pm

After missing the entire preseason and Week 1 due to a knee injury, there was no question rookie running back Sony Michel was a little behind, but now four games into his NFL career, it seems like the Georgia product is coming into his own.

Michel has rushed for 98 yards or more and a touchdown in each of the last two games, including 112 yards two weeks ago against the Dolphins. The offensive line has given him more to work with the last several weeks, and that has seemingly given him more confidence.

Speaking on a conference call Monday, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels praised Michel's physicality, which he's been able to showcase in recent games when he's been able to get to the second level of the defense.

"Sony’s a tough kid – runs hard, certainly willing to engage in contact, and he was at Georgia, like the way he finishes runs and he’s a tough guy to bring down," McDaniels said. "So, his run style, I think, fits what we try to do here, and hopefully he’ll continue to improve and get better and make progress as we go forward. But, I think we’ve seen some decent things from him here in the first few weeks that he’s been up and active, and we’ll continue to try to work hard to get better."

Michel has gotten better and better each week.

He went from averaging 3.4 yards a carry in his first game in Week 2 to averaging 5.4 yards a carry last Thursday against the Colts. This trend should continue this week against the Chiefs as their defense comes into the game allowing an average of 5.8 yards per carry, which is the most in the league.

Big picture, Michel is on pace to rush for 941 yards, which would be more than Dion Lewis ever had and the second-most by a Patriots running back since 2012 (LeGarrette Blount had 1,161 in 2016).

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