New England Patriots officially sign running back Sony Michel

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: Sony Michel
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: Sony Michel /

With training camp right around the corner for the New England Patriots, they have finally reached an agreement with running back Sony Michel.

As the New England Patriots get ready for the start of the 2018 season, they have finally reached an agreement with rookie running back Sony Michel. Michel was the only draft pick from the class that the Patriots needed to sign, and they finally got a deal done.

As the 31st overall pick, Michel figures to be a big part of the Patriots offense in his rookie season. Due to the loss of Dion Lewis, the Patriots have a big hole to fill at the running back position.

Last season, Lewis was their leading rusher with nearly 1,000 yards on the ground. Overall, he had a great season, and was able to turn it into a nice contract with the Tennessee Titans. With Lewis gone, Michel could very well be the featured running back for New England this season.

In college, Michel was part of a split backfield with Nick Chubb. In 2015, Michel did carry the load a bit more for the Bulldogs, as he totaled 1,136 rushing yards and 218 carries. While his sophomore seasons was certainly a good one, Michel was very impressive as a Senior.

Last season, Michel was able to set a career-high with 1,227 rushing yards and a ridiculous 7.9 yards per carry average. As shown by his high yards per carry average, Michel can have some big runs. Since the Patriots also have Rex Burkhead and James White on the roster, Michel will likely not be asked to an every-down back for the Patriots.

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With Burkhead as the goal-line back and White as the third-down back, Michel will likely handle a majority of the work between the 20s. Getting the deal done with Michel is certainly good timing for the Patriots with players beginning to report for camp. As a home run threat at the running back position, Michel should thrive in New England.