Michel (knee) hopes to be ready for the start of training camp, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports. "It's a process and it's just something that I'm just kind of working towards," Michel said Tuesday. "That's the goal -- to be ready for training camp."
Michel reportedly ran at full speed during recent workouts at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center in Foxborough, Mass. His mounting track record of knee injuries has contributed to speculation about rookie third-round pick Damien Harris stealing carries, but Michel appears on track to return to health in time to defend his role as the lead ballcarrier in New England.
Michel (knee) has been running at full speed and is making good progress in his recovery from arthroscopic surgery, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports.
The second-year pro is working out at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center in Foxborough, hoping to improve the range of motion in his knee and become a more explosive runner. Michel had minor surgery at some point during the offseason, participating in team activities through April and at least part of May before sitting out June minicamp. His mounting history of knee injuries has contributed to speculation about rookie third-round pick Damien Harris stealing carries or even the lead role, but it sounds like Michel will be healthy enough to defend his workload come August. He's now dealt with knee injuries three consecutive years, including two separate issues that led to missed games last season.
Michel has recently been missing practices after requiring a knee scope, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
Given that Michel is described as having missed the "final portion" of the offseason workout program, it would appear he picked up the knee injury earlier in the spring. While Michel likely won't be taking part in the final days of minicamp, he's on track to be ready for training camp and there doesn't appear to be any concern over his regular-season availability.
Michel (undisclosed) missed all three minicamp practices this week, Paul Perillo of the Patriots' official site reports.
In Michel's absence, third-rounder Damien Harris logged extra running back reps at practice. While the reason that Michel wasn't on the field this week hasn't been revealed, it's worth noting that he's dealt with knee issues in the past. Whether there's been a setback on that front or the team is simply managing Michel's workload at this stage remains to be seen. We'll seek any added context that becomes available no later than next week, when the team is scheduled to hold OTA practices Monday and Tuesday.
Michel is the only kick returner listed on the Patriots' current posted depth chart, Andrew Callahan of Masslive.com reports. The running back logged four kickoff return attempts for 77 yards last season.
It remains to be seen how much return work the Patriots' lead back will do this coming season, but there's a void to fill in that area following the departure of Cordarrelle Patterson, who averaged 28.8 yards on 23 kickoff returns in 2018. Given Michel's importance to the team's ground attack, it wouldn't surprise us to see another primary kickoff returner identified in the coming months, however. As a rookie last year, Michel totaled 209 carries for 931 yards and six TDs in 13 regular-season games, while adding seven catches for 50 yards. He's now set to reprise his role as the team's preferred early-down option. Beyond Michel, James White remains entrenched as New England's change-of-pace back and Rex Burkhead returns to provide valuable versatility. Michel has dealt with knee injuries in the past but presumably will head into training camp healthy. With New England's backfield as a whole having dealt with its share of injuries last year, it's nonetheless understandable that the team added depth in April's draft, selecting Damien Harris in the third round. While he's not an immediate threat to Michel's perch atop the depth chart, the newcomer does provide the team with a nice insurance policy in the event that Michel's knee issues flare up again.
Michel rushed 18 times for 94 yards and a touchdown and failed to bring in his two targets during the Patriots' 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday.
Michel played a like cool-headed veteran throughout the contest, moving the chains with regularity and providing the game's only touchdown on a two-yard run late in the fourth quarter. The score snapped a 3-3 tie and gave the Patriots a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Michel then came back on the ensuing drive and handled the ball on seven occasions, setting up a Stephen Gostkowski field goal by helping New England move the ball all the way from its own five-yard line down to the Rams' 24. The impressive performance capped off a solid rookie year for Michel, one in which he battled through a pair of injuries to gain 931 rushing yards and six touchdowns in 13 games. He'll be locked in as New England's lead runner heading into 2019.
Michel carried 29 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 37-31 AFC Championship Game overtime win over the Chiefs.
Michel received another full workload and churned out yards through sheer volume, as his longest carry went for just 11 yards. Still, he eclipsed the century mark for the second straight outing while adding touchdowns in the first and fourth quarters. Michel has been an impact player through two playoff appearances, piling up 242 yards and five touchdowns in a pair of wins. He'll look to continue his outstanding form in the Super Bowl against the Rams.
Michel racked up 129 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries and added a nine-yard catch on his lone target in Sunday's 41-28 divisional-round win over the Chargers.
Michel's first-half stat line -- 16 carries for 105 yards and three touchdowns -- already gave owners all they could have hoped for from the rookie running back. He scored New England's first two touchdowns from one and 14 yards out, then capped the first-half scoring with a five-yard touchdown to make it 35-7. Rex Burkhead also had a rushing score and James White caught 15 passes, so New England continues to get production from all three of its running backs. Michel's usage could decline if the Patriots fall behind in the AFC championship game, but he'll still be an appealing option against a Chiefs defense that's been vulnerable on the ground.
Michel rushed 14 times for 50 yards in Sunday's 38-3 win over the Jets. He finishes his rookie regular season with 931 yards and six touchdowns on 209 carries, as well as 50 yards on seven catches.
Michel remains New England's top option on the ground heading into the playoffs, as he recorded 14 carries to Rex Burkhead's five and James White's four. The other two running backs each scored a receiving touchdown and are more involved in the passing game, so it will be difficult to predict which of the three will be the most useful option in playoff leagues.
Michel rushed 18 times for 116 yards and a touchdown while failing to draw a target in Sunday's 24-12 victory over the Bills.
With their passing game almost completely neutralized, the Patriots leaned primarily on the ground game. Michel opened the scoring with a four-yard touchdown in the first quarter and topped 100 yards for the first time since Week 12 and fourth time overall. Owners playing in formats that count Week 17 statistics should be excited to hear that New England will host the Jets in the regular-season finale, likely setting up a scenario in which the home team grabs the lead and relies heavily on the rushing attack again.
Michel rushed 13 times for 59 yards in the Patriots' 17-10 loss to the Steelers on Sunday.
Michel's per-carry efficiency was perfectly adequate, but he simply didn't get enough opportunities to rack up strong enough numbers. The rookie's long run of the day was a modest 13 yards, and he was kept out of the end zone for the third straight game. Michel's complete lack of involvement in the passing game for the second straight week was also disappointing, and with backfield mate Rex Burkhead now healthy and serving as another adept receiver at the running back position, Michel's outlook looks shaky moving forward. The 23-year-old will look to at least up his rushing numbers versus the formidable challenge of the Bills defense in Week 16.
Michel mustered 57 rushing yards on 20 attempts during Sunday's 34-33 loss to the Dolphins.
Facing a normally porous rush defense in Miami (30th-ranked with 144.7 yards allowed per game entering Sunday), Michel was primed for fantasy RB2 production in what figured to be a high-volume workload with New England very probably carrying a second-half lead. Game flow certainly did not unfold as anticipated, however, and Michel's rushing efficiency deteriorated as the game wore on, with seven of his final eight runs going for three yards or fewer (seven such plays on his first 12 carries of the afternoon). Michel investors are typically in for a long day when the rookie back can't find any room behind the offensive line, because he adds virtually no value as a receiver. On top of his stagnant 2.85 YPC, he commanded zero targets for the third time this year (11 total targets in 10 appearances). Week 15 brings a substantially more intimidating matchup, as Michel will be opposing a top-10 Steelers rush defense that most recently held Oakland's backfield to 56 rushing yards on 24 attempts Sunday.
Michel carried 17 times for 63 yards and caught one pass for another seven yards during Sunday's 24-10 win over the Vikings.
Michel received his second-highest number of carries since Week 6, but he averaged just 3.7 yards per carry against a tough Minnesota front. He was an afterthought once again in the passing game, watching as James White hauled in seven passes for 92 yards. Given the multitude of skill players on the roster and his lack of big plays this season, Michel is particularly reliant on red-zone usage for fantasy production. He'll hope to do more with his touches next Sunday against the Dolphins.
Michel (knee) rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries while catching both of his targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 27-13 win over the Jets.
Michel gave his team a 27-13 lead with 8:54 remaining courtesy of a one-yard touchdown. He left the field for a while due to injury, but battled through it en route to a career-high rushing total. Given the immense workload the rookie running back was able to handle in this one, Michel's injury issues are unlikely to hold him back against the Vikings in Week 13.
Michel (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Now that Michel is further removed from the knee issue that caused him to miss the team's Week 8 and Week 9 contests, the 2018 first-rounder is a bounce-back candidate against the 3-7 Jets, a matchup that could well afford the Patriots' lead back a favorable game flow.
Michel (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets after practicing in a limited fashion all week, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.
Michel is one of five players listed as questionable by the Patriots this week, but with no reported setbacks in his return to action in Week 10 against the Titans, we'd expected him to be a go Sunday, bolstered by added healing time afforded by the team's Week 11 bye. Now that he's further removed from his latest knee issue, the 2018 first-rounder is a bounce-back candidate this weekend, as he squares off against the 3-7 Jets, a playing context that could well lead to a game flow that favors Michel.
Michel (knee) was listed as limited at Wednesday's practice.
In his return from a two-game absence in Week 10, Michel logged 11 carries for 31 yards in his team's 34-10 loss to the Titans. Now further removed from his latest knee issue, a bounce-back effort could be in the cards against the 3-7 Jets. The Patriots' coaching staff has had extra time to game plan for this weekend's contest and should look to feature the rookie more prominently with a more favorable game flow likely in store.
Michel (knee) rushed 11 times for 31 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game during Sunday's 34-10 loss to the Titans.
Michel was stuck in low gear along with the rest of New England's offense. It didn't help matters that he got a one-yard rushing touchdown vultured by fullback James Develin. The rookie running back will have a chance to further heal up during the Week 11 bye, so expect Michel to regain his effectiveness after that.
Michel (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Titans.
In his return from a two-game absence, Michel is poised to reclaim his duties as the Patriots' lead back, while James White will continue to maintain PPR utility thanks to his strong pass-catching ability. Meanwhile, Cordarrelle Patterson - who helped filled in for Michel over the last couple of weeks - will resume his normal reserve wideout/return duties Sunday, so long as Michel avoids any in-game setbacks.
Michel (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Tennessee but is considered likely to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
After sitting out New England's last two games, Michel was a limited participant all week before flying with the Patriots to Nashville on Saturday. The fact that he traveled with the team was a good sign for his chances of playing, but fantasy owners will want to confirm that Michel will suit up Sunday before inserting him into lineups. A final word on the rookie's status should come when the team releases its inactive list approximately 90 minutes prior to the 1 p.m. EST kickoff.
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