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Sony Michel appears to be more confident, which is leading to bigger plays on field

Ryan Hannable
November 29, 2018 - 9:02 am

FOXBORO -- For rookie Sony Michel, he almost looked like a different player Sunday against the Jets.

The rookie running back ran for a career-high 133 yards and a touchdown, while also catching multiple passes out of the backfield for the first time in his career.

Speaking Wednesday, Michel said he was able to play more free.

“Yeah, because I know my assignment,” Michel said. “When I’m confident in what I’m doing, I can go out there and just play.”

It's been an up-and-down rookie season for the Georgia product as he missed the entire preseason with a knee injury, struggled in his first two games before picking it up over the next month or so, but then suffered another knee injury against the Bears in Week 7.

The extra week off because of the bye seemed to help Michel quite a bit.

“It’s all about adjusting and adapting. Challenges may come your way, it’s all about keep going,” Michel said. “You’ve just got to keep going. It’s just like life. You have to deal with things. Sometimes you’re going to have a good day, sometimes you’re going to have a bad day, but just got to keep going. Just got to keep pushing through.”

With five regular-season games left, Michel still has time to improve before the postseason, and that is what he's hoping to do.

“That’s the goal, to try and get better each and every week,” Michel said. “Sometimes there’s good performances, sometimes there’s bad. You’ve just got to try to be consistent at it. Try to have more good than bad.”

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