Michel had four carries for 18 yards and caught one pass for 12 yards in Sunday's 37-20 loss to the Ravens.
The Patriots fell behind early and were constantly playing catch-up with the Ravens' offensive onslaught. This led to a pass-heavy gameplan that excluded the team's early down back. Michel averaged 17.5 carries over his previous eight contests, so this game certainly screams outlier. That said, New England had one of the easier schedules during the first half of the season, and it is about to take on four teams after the upcoming bye week that can put up points in bunches. Shootouts tend to favor the pass-catching James White more than Michel, but the latter should continue getting goal-line looks even if his carries take a slight hit in the near future.
Michel carried the ball 21 times for 74 yards in Sunday's 27-13 win over the Browns.
While he led the team in rushing, James White topped Michel in total scrimmage yards, and neither RB was able to find the end zone. Michel heads into the second half with six TDs in eight games, but his 3.3 YPC has the second-year back on pace to fall short of 1,000 rushing yards despite a fairly significant workload.
Michel rushed 19 times for 42 yards and three touchdowns in Monday night's 33-0 win over the Jets.
Michel hardly found any room to run -- and actually lost eight yards on his lone reception -- but still produced a stellar fantasy performance thanks to his goal-line work. After opening the scoring with a three-yard touchdown, Michel's next two end-zone trips both came from a yard out. In doing so, he doubled his touchdown total on the year, with his six TDs now matching the amount he managed as a rookie. With at least 15 carries in all but one game this season, Michel has been a consistent presence on non-passing downs, and he next faces a Browns defense currently surrendering the third-most rushing yards per game (154.0).
Michel rushed 22 times for 86 yards and secured two of three targets for 27 yards in the Patriots' 35-14 win over the Giants on Thursday.
Michel was solid as both a runner and receiver in the team's three-touchdown win, logging over 20 rushing touches for the second time this season and recording multiple receptions for the second straight contest. His involvement as a receiver was particularly encouraging, considering Michel hadn't logged a catch over the first four games of the season and had never notched multiple receptions in back-to-back contests in his career. The 2018 first-round pick will look to extend his strong production into a Week 7 matchup against the Jets a week from Monday.
Michel rushed 16 times for 91 yards and a touchdown while catching all three of his targets for 32 yards in Sunday's 33-7 win over Washington.
Michel came in averaging a paltry 2.8 yards per carry, but he found a lot more running room in this favorable matchup. He took over the game on a third-quarter possession with his team up 19-7, breaking off a 25-yard run and capping the drive three plays later with a 14-yard touchdown. The three catches were also his first receiving action of the season, and Michel would gain even more value if he becomes involved as a receiver out of the backfield in addition to his contributions on the ground.
Michel rushed 17 times for 63 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game in Sunday's 16-10 win over Buffalo.
The Patriots have long frustrated fantasy owners with running back committees, and 2019 has been no different, with fourth-stringer Brandon Bolden scoring the game's first touchdown from four yards out in the first quarter. New England's offense wouldn't find the end zone again in this one, though at least Michel was the team's clear-cut top choice on the ground with 17 of the team's 20 rushing attempts (not counting Tom Brady's three kneel-downs to end the game). If Michel sees similar volume in Week 5, he should fare better against a Redskins team that's allowing 29.5 points per game.
Michel rushed nine times for 11 yards and a touchdown while failing to haul in his lone target in Sunday's 30-14 win over the Jets.
Michel capped the opening drive with a five-yard touchdown on his first carry, then watched Rex Burkhead saunter in from two yards out in the third quarter. While the Patriots are blowing opponents out and thus doing plenty of damage on the ground, Michel's ceiling is capped by New England's committee approach in the backfield, featuring Michel, Burkhead and usually James White, who missed this game for the birth of his child. Burkhead had 36 more rushing yards on two more carries than Michel, so the second-year back will need to improve his effectiveness to avoid losing a larger share of the workload to the team's other backfield options.
Michel rushed 21 times for 85 yards and a touchdown but wasn't targeted in the passing game and lost a fumble in Sunday's 43-0 win over Miami.
Michel powered in a one-yard touchdown on New England's first drive and came up just short of another score in the third quarter. The Patriots challenged the latter play, but Michel was ruled down at the 1-yard line and ended up watching Tom Brady cap the drive with a quarterback sneak. While Bill Belichick won't be happy with Michel's fumble, he gave the second-year running back plenty of volume with the Patriots playing from ahead all game, and New England is likely to enjoy a similar game script often this season.
Michel toted the rock 15 times but was limited to 14 rushing yards in Sunday's 33-3 win over Pittsburgh.
Michel was seemingly the only Patriot to not feast on the Steelers' porous defense on Sunday Night Football. Perhaps Pittsburgh's defensive unit committed to stopping the run when the 24-year-old appeared on the field in power run formations. Michel did see the largest share of carries (15) with Rex Burkhead (eight carries for 44 yards) and James White (four carries for 26 yards) right behind him. The second-year back has a great shot at bouncing back when the Patriots take on a Dolphins squad next Sunday that was just gashed for 59 points.
Michel rushed 10 times for 36 yards in Thursday night's 10-3 preseason win over the Panthers.
Michel's first and probably only taste of the preseason saw him rush for a long of eight yards while featuring for three drives, but it's also worth mentioning he had a 30-yard run negated by a holding call. Fullback James Develin capped Michel's final series with a one-yard touchdown plunge, but New England again deployed a ground-heavy scheme that should see Michel as the chief beneficiary once the regular season kicks off. Of course, James White should enjoy playing the bulk of passing situations, but health permitting, Michel certainly seems to be the Patriots' go-to rushing tailback, despite the addition of rookie third-rounder Damien Harris.
Despite being eased into the mix early on due to knee maintenance, Michel "has clearly been the (Patriots') lead back throughout camp," Jeff Howe of the Athletic reports.
Howe notes that the second-year back has displayed "good burst between the tackles and seems to have a good eye for the cutback lanes." Additionally, Michel has had good results in practices when targeted by QB Tom Brady. Though Michel is no threat to supplant James White in terms of pass-catching prominence out of the team's backfield, any aptitude he displays in that facet of the game will help him see more touches, and in turn make the Patriots' offense less predictable. Last season, Michel was targeted just 11 times (he caught seven passes for 50 yards) in 13 games, making that an area of his game where there's ample room for statistical growth. When healthy, Michel clearly tops the team's running back depth chart, and he has the upside to generate plenty of strong fantasy stat lines. That said, with weekly variance in carry allotment dictated by game flow and matchup-specific game plans, in any given outing he could lose work to White, the versatile Rex Burkhead and third-round pick Damien Harris.
Michel, who saw increased work at practice for the second straight day Thursday, is "moving well," per Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald.
Given Michel's past injury log, in particular related to his knee, it's understandable that the Patriots are inclined to manage his practice/preseason reps. That said, Michel's on-field activity of late suggests that the second-year back has not dealt with any recent injury setbacks and thus appears poised to head a deep New England backfield that also includes pass-catching ace James White, versatile Rex Burkhead and rookie Damien Harris, who's been touted as a strong between-the-tackles runner.
Michel took part in 11-on-11 work Wednesday, the first time he's done so in training camp, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Previous reports suggested that the Patriots have been managing Michel's training-camp workload, with an eye toward not putting too much strain on his troublesome knee. That's a trend that should continue as the preseason rolls along, but the fact that Michel took part in 11-on-11 drills so early in camp would seem to confirm that he hasn't had any injury setbacks. Any limitations placed on him these days are largely precautionary.
The Patriots have been "really taking it easy" with Michel's workload through the first handful of training camp practices, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
Given that Michel required arthroscopic knee surgery in the offseason and has a track record of knee woes dating back to his college days, it makes sense for the team not to push things with the second-year back. Still, Howe suggests that "it'd be nice to see Michel get a chance to refine his route-running techniques in order to become an every-down threat." At this stage, the Patriots' backfield is deep and talented, a reality that presents some issues from a fantasy perspective. That said, it's rare that a season -- or preseason for that matter -- goes by without some attrition due to injury. When healthy, Michel tops the team's depth chart at his position, but on any given week he could lose touches to pass-catching ace James White, the versatile Rex Burkhead and even third-round pick Damien Harris, who has opened eyes in training camp with his ability between the tackles.
Michel (knee) was removed from the physically unable to perform list Saturday, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
While Michel didn't make a return for the start of training camp, Saturday marked the team's first full-contact practice, so it's safe to say the 24-year-old is nearing a return to full capacity. It's worth pointing out Michel did not participate in any contact drills according to Cox, so there appears to be one more final step in his rehab process. The 2018 first-round pick has a history of knee injuries dating back to college, which likely prompted the selection of Damien Harris in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, but Michel is still expected to command the lion's share of the carries out of a loaded Patriots backfield so long as he's healthy.
Michel (knee) was placed on New England's Physically Unable to Perform list Sunday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Michel was hoping to be ready for the start of training camp, but he won't quite meet his goal despite running at full speed during workouts in late June. The 24-year-old's fast progress earlier this summer suggests his stint on the PUP list isn't likely to last long.
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.
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