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Sony Michel knows he has room to grow: 'I have so much to improve on'

Ryan Hannable
October 11, 2018 - 11:12 am

FOXBORO -- After missing all of the preseason and Week 1 with a knee injury, Patriots running back Sony Michel had a lot of ground to make up.

After taking a few games to get going, it seems he's starting to play like many expected him to when he was selected in the first round.

Michel averaged 3.4 yards per carry in his first game against the Jaguars in Week 2 and that number has steadily climbed each week to where he averaged 5.4 yards per carry last week against the Colts. For the year, Michel has 67 carries for 294 yards, including a 100-yard game against the Dolphins in Week 4.

Despite his upward trend, the Georgia product knows he has a lot to work on.

“That’s the good thing that I know I have so much to improve on,” he said Wednesday. “You name it, I have to improve it. I’m excited because every time I see there’s room for improvement, that’s an opportunity for me.” 

Michel added: “Just steady getting better. I feel like I’ve taken little steps, getting better each and every week, each and every day. That’s the kind of goal I set for myself. The standard here is try to get better each and every day, every week.” 

Even though he's been back in action for over a month, Michel noted he still is learning something new every day.

“It’s great to be winning, but I have confidence because I’m learning so much," he said. "Every day it’s always something I can learn from, something I walk out of the building, and I’m like, ‘Damn, I didn’t know that yesterday.’ That’s what gives me confidence that I can walk into this building and know I’m going to learn something new.”

This week against the Chiefs should give Michel another opportunity to continue his upward progression, as the Kansas City defense enters the contest allowing a league-high 5.8 yards per carry.

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