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Sony Michel reportedly ‘much improved’ in terms of passing game role

It’s hard to find much to criticize in New England Patriots running back Sony Michel’s rookie season last year.

The first-round pick out of Georgia rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and had six touchdowns in the regular season, and then another six touchdowns in the postseason. He averaged a robust 4.5 yards per carry during the regular season, then kicked it up a couple notches to 4.7 yards per clip in the playoffs.

All in all, his inaugural NFL campaign was a resounding success. It’s not hyperbole to suggest that the Patriots might not be where they are today – six-time world champions – were it not for Michel’s impressive downfield running and continued improvement along the calendar year.