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Patriots RB coach Ivan Fears: Sony Michel has been great

Ryan Hannable
August 28, 2018 - 4:50 pm

FOXBORO -- Patriots rookie running back Sony Michel hasn't been on the field much this summer after reportedly getting his knee drained in early August, but he's still done enough to make a good first impression on running backs coach Ivan Fears.

“I’m very happy with him,” Fears said Tuesday. “He’s a very hard-working kid. He’s very conscious of what he has to get done, and he gets after it. He’s been great.” 

The No. 31 overall selection in this year's draft returned to practice Monday, but has been a limited participant, according to his position coach.

Michel did take part in the first few sessions this summer and showed well, especially showcasing his speed and athleticism.

“[He’s been] just what we expected,” Fears said. “He was progressing well. I was really happy when we got the pads on and I got to see him run a little bit. It looks like he’s going to be what we expected him to be. Unfortunately, we didn’t get too long into it before he got hurt, but I expect him to come back ready to go.” 

It's unclear whether or not Michel will be ready for Week 1 against the Texans, but he certainly will be part of the running backs group fighting for playing time along with Rex Burkhead, James White, Jeremy Hill, Mike Gillislee and Brandon Bolden.

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