Sony Michel

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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Where does Patriots' Sony Michel rank among NFL RB1s entering 2019?

Where does Patriots' Sony Michel rank among NFL RB1s entering 2019?

Sony Michel enjoyed a tremendous rookie season for the New England Patriots and played a pivotal role in the team's run to a sixth Super Bowl championship.

The 24-year-old running back ran for 931 yards and six touchdowns in 13 regular season games, but his real value, however, was shown in the playoffs. Michel tallied 336 yards and a rookie postseason record six touchdowns in three games, culminating with 94 yards and the Patriots' only touchdown in their 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

After a stellar first season as a pro, where does Michel rank among the league's RB1s entering the 2019 season? Former NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew ranked Michel at No. 11 in his rankings on NFL.com. Here's what MJD had to say about the Georgia product:

Michel showed he can be a bell cow during the postseason, with 71 carries for 336 yards and a rookie-record six rushing TDs in three games. He underwent a minor knee procedure in June, but Michel should still be the effective rusher he was in the postseason starting in September. Plus, I think Patriots OC Josh McDaniels will be more creative with the running game now that Rob Gronkowski is no longer on the team.

Jones-Drew put New York Giants rookie sensation Saquon Barkley atop his rankings, with Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints, Le'Veon Bell of the New York Jets, Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys and Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers rounding out the top five, in that order.

The Patriots offense was carried by its ground game in the last season's playoffs, and we could see more of the same this coming season after New England selected talented Alabama running back Damien Harris in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The Pats now have Michel, Harris, Rex Burkhead and James White leading a really impressive group of running backs that should make the team's offense a well-balanced unit next season.

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NFL Rumors: Sony Michel missed Patriots minicamp due to knee procedure

NFL Rumors: Sony Michel missed Patriots minicamp due to knee procedure

No, Sony Michel didn't mysteriously go missing during the New England Patriots' minicamp last week.

The Patriots running back missed the team's three mandatory practice sessions due to a "knee scope" operation, The Athletic's Jeff Howe reported Wednesday.

Michel is expected to be ready for training camp in late July, per Howe.

The 24-year-old, who tore his ACL in high school, suffered a knee injury in last year's training camp that held him out of the entire preseason. Michel also missed three games in 2018 due to nagging knee problems, and it appears those knee issues warranted a procedure as he prepares for the 2019 season.

New England has decent depth at the running back position outside Michel, as rookie Damien Harris joins James White, Rex Burkhead and Brandon Bolden in the backfield.

The Patriots are off until late July, so Michel has well over a month to recover before beginning his second NFL campaign.

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