Former Georgia RB Sony Michel Returns To Patriots Practice

Former Georgia RB Sony Michel Returns To Patriots Practice

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Former Georgia RB Sony Michel Returns To Patriots Practice


After missing 12 practices with a knee injury, former Georgia running back Sony Michel has returned to the New England Patriots.

Michel, who was taken 31st overall by the Patriots in the 2018 NFL Draft, was limited at practice, however. As New England is just under two weeks away from its week one game, head coach Bill Belichick will likely proceed with caution regarding Michel’s activity level in practice.

Patriots fans are yet to see Michel in action, as the Fort Lauderdale native injured his knee in the earlier stages of training camp and has not played in a preseason game. Upon return, expect Michel to receive a good chunk of the workload along with Rex Burkhead and James White.

With Fantasy Football on the horizon, Michel is considered a sleeper pick, by me at least.

ESPN Fantasy Projection: 145 carries, 630 rushing yards, 5.3 rushing touchdowns, 24 receptions, 200 receiving yards, .8 receiving touchdowns, 143.1 Fantasy Football points

ESPN Outlook:

Michel has the size and skill set to emerge as a featured back, but he is likely headed for committee duties after New England selected him in the first round of April’s draft. The Georgia product is well-built at 5-foot-11, 214 pounds and is a physical, downhill runner with pretty good quickness. Michel averaged 7.9 YPC, including 2.7 after initial contact last year. Michel is a capable receiver and blocker, which supplies him with big upside down the road, but expect him to share snaps with James White and Rex Burkhead in 2018. Of course, even if limited to 200-230 touches, Michel could score 10 touchdowns in the Patriots’ high-scoring offense. He is a flex target.

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