Michel, a second-year running back, has been used as a pass catcher often this summer. According to running backs coach Ivan Fears, that’s an area where the Patriots wanted Michel to grow, and he has.
“Much, much improved,” Fears said. “Much better than he was last year. Last year I thought it was a lot for him. This year, boy he’s pretty good at it. He’s going to be very good at it, we’ve just got to keep him out there.”
The Patriots went run-heavy with Sony Michel to close out last season but they would rather Michel be adept as a receiver so they don't telegraph their plays. RB coach Ivan Fears believes Michel has taken a big step in that part of his game and expects him to do well. At this point, Michel checks all the boxes for a great fantasy pick except for his shaky injury history.