Sony Michel

#26 RB / New England Patriots / EXP: 4YRS Height: 5-11 Weight: 215 lb Age: 26 College: Georgia Bye 14

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    Patriots' Sony Michel: Fifth-year option not picked up

    The New England Patriots declined Sony Michel's fifth-year option on Monday, Mike Reiss of reports.New England declined to keep Michel around for 2022 in exchange for guaranteeing him a $4.5 million salary, but the team did pick up Isaiah Wynn's $10.4 million fifth-year option. The 26-year-old Michel was efficient in limited action last season, with 79 carries for 449 yards (5.7 YPC) and one rushing touchdown in nine contests, but he only handled more than 10 carries in a single contest. Per Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Michel is primed to serve as a one-two punch alongside Damien Harris for the 2021 campaign, after which he'll hit free agency.

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    Patriots' Sony Michel: Strong finish to down year

    Sony Michel rushed 16 times for 76 yards and caught all three of his targets for 60 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-14 win over the Jets.Michel worked as the lead back in the season finale, as no other New England Patriots running back got a carry. He came into this one with just four catches all season but took advantage of his chance to shine as a pass-catcher out of the backfield, highlighted by a 31-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. Michel finishes the season with 79 carries for 449 yards and one rushing touchdown. The 2018 first-round pick is likely to be part of a backfield committee next season, but this is a promising finish to a campaign that was largely derailed by a slow start and a midseason quadriceps injury.

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    Patriots' Sony Michel: Set for another turn in lead role

    Sony Michel is expected to serve as the New England Patriots' lead ball carrier Sunday against the Jets with Damien Harris (ankle) listed as out for the contest, Zach Cox of reports.While Harris sat out New England's last two games, Michel picked up 10 carries in both contests, racking up 143 yards between Weeks 15 and 16. Had the Patriots not been playing from behind in both weeks, Michel likely would have been in store for more work, but he instead had a fairly even split of the snaps with pass-catching specialist James White. With Harris again sidelined for Sunday's season finale, Michel could get the chance to pick up more carries than he did in either of the previous two games, as the Patriots will be a mild favorite over the 2-13 Jets. Expect White to once again handle change-of-pace duties, while third-stringer J.J. Taylor looms as a depth option.

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    Patriots' Sony Michel: Productive on the ground

    Sony Michel rushed 10 times for 69 yards in Monday night's 38-9 loss to the Bills.Michel started with teammate Damien Harris (ankle) sidelined and began with a bang, rushing for 29 yards on New England's second offensive play. With more hard runs afterward, Michel put together another solid display, topping 65 yards for the second straight week after doing so just once earlier this season. Whether Harris returns for Week 17 versus the Jets or not, Michel has seemingly done enough lately to garner a decent workload to close out the campaign.

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    Patriots' Sony Michel: Opportunity knocks

    With Damien Harris (ankle) inactive, Sony Michel is in line to head the New England Patriots backfield Monday night against the Bills, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.Also on hand are change-of-pace back James White and rookie reserve J.J. Taylor, but as was the case in the Patriots' Week 15 loss to the Dolphins, Michel should serve as the team's top early down back Monday. Against Miami, the 2018 first-rounder logged 74 yards on 10 carries and added an eight-yard reception.

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    Patriots' Sony Michel: Paces team in carries, rushing

    Sony Michel ran for 74 yards on 10 carries, adding an eight-yard reception during Sunday's 22-12 loss to Miami.With top back Damien Harris inactive for Week 15 because of an ankle injury, Michel garnered 10 of New England's 13 RB carries. The 2018 first-round draft choice excelled with the opportunity, establishing his second-highest rushing output of the season. Michel's fantasy value has been diminished by the fact that he hasn't scored a touchdown over six appearances since Week 1, but his 7.4 yards-per-carry average from Sunday is nevertheless encouraging heading into a matchup against the Bills' 21st-ranked rush defense in Week 16.

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    Patriots' Sony Michel: Expanded role likely Sunday

    Sony Michel is in line to see an expanded workload Sunday against the Dolphins with top back Damien Harris (ankle) ruled out for the contest, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.Assuming James White (foot) -- who's listed as questionable -- suits up for the contest, he would be on track to serve as New England's top pass-catching back, with J.J. Taylor (quadriceps) serving as a depth option, if he's made active. That would leave Michel as the team's top ballcarrier in the absence of Harris, who has held that role for most of the season. Michel, who ran seven times for 22 yards in the New England Patriots' Week 14 loss to the Rams, is thus poised to see an uptick in carries versus Miami. It's a context that gives Michel more fantasy utility than usual, even if he's not heavily involved as a pass catcher Sunday.

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    Patriots' Sony Michel: Logs seven carries Thursday

    Sony Michel carried seven times for 22 yards in Thursday's 24-3 loss to the Rams.Fellow RB Damien Harris was forced out of the contest with a back issue, but he'll have extra time to get ready for the New England Patriots' Dec. 20 contest against the Dolphins. As long as Harris is able to suit up, he'll remain the team's top back, a context that leaves Michel off the fantasy radar for now.

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    Patriots' Sony Michel: Generates 58 scrimmage yards

    Sony Michel carried 10 times for 35 yards and caught his only target for 23 additional yards during Sunday's 45-0 win over the Chargers.A week after he didn't receive a single touch in his return from injury, Michel was much more involved as his side coasted to a blowout victory. He averaged a lackluster 3.5 yards per carry but padded his numbers a bit with a 23-yard reception, which was the team's second-longest play from scrimmage on the day. Although Michel is still third in the pecking order for carries behind Damien Harris and Cam Newton, he seems to be working his way back into the equation and could play a part Thursday against the Rams.

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    Patriots' Sony Michel: No carries in return to action

    Sony Michel logged just one snap on offense and zero carries in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Cardinals.Michel, who was suiting up for the first time since Week 3, clearly took a back seat Sunday to both Damien Harris -- who logged 34 snaps and 14 carries -- and James White, who saw 20 snaps and ran the ball five times. While Michel figures to see more snaps, and in turn, more touches in the coming weeks, he's off the fantasy radar as long as Harris remains the New England Patriots' top early down option and White retains his change-of-pace role.

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