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Sony Michel doesn't deserve blame for Patriots' running game issues

Ryan Hannable
September 25, 2018 - 5:44 pm

FOXBORO -- Through three games, the Patriots offense has struggled to get anything going -- both in the air and on the ground.

When it comes to the running game, it has averaged 98 yards a game, which is 20th in the NFL. One of the biggest issues has been third-and-short as that's stood out the most, especially for rookie Sony Michel. But, it really hasn't been his fault.

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These plays have been doomed from the start due to poor blocking by the offensive line. The same can be said for a few other of his runs.

Center, and captain, David Andrews acknowledged the unit needs to do a better job for the rookie.

“I don’t coach running backs, so I don’t know much about that," he said. "I know we have to give him more opportunities as an offensive line and block better for him.”

Michel missed the entire preseason with a knee injury, so he's still working his way back and it's not easy getting thrown right into the fire as a rookie. After missing Week 1 as well, Michel has 84 yards on 22 carries this season.

The first-round pick was once again hard on himself following the game Sunday.

“If we ain’t winning games, it ain’t fun,” Michel said. “Nothing will make me feel good except for winning games. That’s the purpose, that’s the goal, and that’s what we want to work towards.”

With Rex Burkhead dealing with another injury (neck), Michel will be counted on in the running game and he needs better blocking up front so he can showcase his true talent.

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