NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport announced that the Miami Dolphins would sign free agent running back Sony Michel.
The New England Patriots took Michel with the 31st overall choice in the 2018 NFL Draft. He led the Patriots in rushing yards and touchdowns in each of his first two seasons.
His rookie season concluded with Super Bowl LIII, where he gained 94 running yards and the game’s only touchdown in a 13-3 victory over the Rams.
Sony Michel surpassed 1,000 yards from scrimmage during the 2019 season (1,006 yards). The Patriots won the AFC East championship but lost to the Titans in the Wild Card Round.
The Georgia native was placed on an injured reserve in 2020 and missed seven games due to a quadriceps ailment. He includes in the reserve/COVID-19 list during his stay on IR.
Michel collected 140 total yards on just 11 touches in a 36-20 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders previous to his IR term. Thus the set could not have been worse for a player who had just enjoyed a breakout performance.
With 563 total yards (449 rushings, 114 receiving) and 2 touchdowns
In August 2021, the Patriots opted for a new path with their backfield. They dealt Sony Michel to the Rams for a sixth-round pick in 2022 and a fourth-round selection in 2023.
The Patriots rolled with Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson, while the Rams added the Orlando, Florida native to a backfield with Darrell Henderson Jr.
Michel brings to bolster a running back room that lost Cam Akers to an Achilles injury in June.
The addition of Michel aided the Rams, who lost Henderson for five games in Week 3 (ribs), Weeks 13-14 (quad), and Weeks 17-18 (hamstring) (knee sprain).
He ultimately concluded the season with a team-high 845 running yards (four touchdowns) and 128 receiving yards (one TD).
Michel acquired 58 rushing yards on 13 carries in a 34-11 win over the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Wild Card Round, but he took a back seat to Akers, who returned to the playoffs in the divisional round.
He finished the postseason with 80 yards on 26 attempts but was limited to 22 yards in the Rams’ final three Super Bowl games.
Now, Michel will go to Miami, which will be his third NFL home in as many years.
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