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Report: Sony Michel 'progressing quickly' after knee surgery, spending time TB12 facility

Report: Sony Michel 'progressing quickly' after knee surgery, spending time TB12 facility

There was a bit of reason for concern surrounding Sony Michel this offseason. The second-year running back out of Georgia missed New England Patriots minicamp after having minor arthroscopic knee surgery.

Considering that Michel had dealt with a knee injury that cost him a few games in 2018, this certainly was something a bit unsettling. However, it seems that Michel is doing just fine. Per NFL Network's Mike Giardi, Michel is "progressing well" and "running at full tilt."

This update seemingly indicates that Michel should be more than fine by the time the regular season rolls around, though his knee will still need to be watched closely.

The Patriots will have options to limit Michel's workload if they do become worried about his knee at any point. The team drafted Alabama's Damien Harris in the third round, and he could factor into the running back rotation. Elsewhere, the team still has pass-catching specialist James White and Rex Burkhead on the roster, so those three can handle the workload if Michel's knee gives him trouble.

It is intriguing that Michel is spending time at the TB12 facility. And Giardi offered an explanation for what Michel's goals were in spending time at TB12.

We'll see if it ends up having a positive impact on Michel. But clearly, Brady's program is having an influence on some of the Patriots. Rob Gronkowski notably worked out at the TB12 facility last offseason and other players like Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Hogan, and Julian Edelman have also tried out the TB12 method.

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Patriots Report Card: Pats make Jets lives miserable

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Patriots Report Card: Pats make Jets lives miserable

The Patriots did enough early on Monday night that they made their jobs a little bit easier later on. They jumped out to a commanding early lead by scoring on three of their first four drives with varied personnel packages. They confounded Sam Darnold early and forced him to play spooked to the point that he made mistakes even when he wasn't pressured into them. 

It wasn't perfect. And the grades reflect that. But it was yet another dominant effort from Bill Belichick's point as they get closer to the season's midway point. 

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Bill Belichick reacts to Mohamed Sanu trade, calls new Patriots WR 'a talented player'

Bill Belichick reacts to Mohamed Sanu trade, calls new Patriots WR 'a talented player'

The Atlanta Falcons made the Mohamed Sanu trade with the New England Patriots official Tuesday, but the defending Super Bowl champs have not yet acknowledged the move.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick didn't have anything to say about the trade during his morning conference call with reporters, but he was a little more forthcoming on WEEI's "Ordway, Merloni and Fauria" show Tuesday afternoon.

“Well, I think we are working through that," Belichick said. "We'll see. We’ll put (Sanu) in and see how it goes. He’s a talented player. He’s got a lot of experience. He’s done different things, so we’ll see how it all fits for us.”

The Patriots gave up a 2020 second-round draft pick for Sanu, which is a fairly steep price, but he's not a rental. The 30-year-old wide receiver is signed through the 2021 season.

Sanu's addition upgrades the team's depth at wide receiver, which has been a concern throughout the season amid injuries and roster turnover. He's been quite durable over the last six seasons with only two games missed over that span. Sanu also was among Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan's top targets, tallying at least 66 receptions, 700-plus yards and four touchdowns in each of the last two seasons.

The Patriots did not practice Tuesday but they'll be back at it Wednesday, when Sanu is expected to make his first appearance in New England colors. His first game action with the Patriots should come Sunday afternoon when the Cleveland Browns visit Gillette Stadium for a Week 8 matchup. 

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