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Former Patriots Playoff Hero Signs with Miami Dolphins

Patriots fans will see their former 2018 first round pick face them twice a year.

Former New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams running back Sony Michel has signed with the Miami Dolphins.

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Michel was drafted by the Patriots with the 31st overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he found his footing in the offense towards the middle of the season, ultimately finishing with 931 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns on 209 attempts. 

However, Michel's time in New England is best remembered for his heroics in the team's Super Bowl run in 2018. Michel rushed for 336 yards and 6 touchdowns in just three games and played a crucial role in the offensive gameplan against the porous front sevens of the Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Los Angeles Rams. Michel's ability to run in a man-blocking-heavy scheme behind fullback James Devlin made him a central component in the Patriots Dynasty's final Super Bowl victory campaign. 

After rushing for 4.5 yards per carry in 2018, Michel saw a significant decrease in efficiency in 2019, rushing for just 3.7 yards per carry with 247 rush attempts, 912 yards, and 7 touchdowns. 

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With New England drafting running back Damien Harris in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, Michel saw his involvement in the offense decrease. After a tumultuous beginning to the 2020 season, Michel once again began producing at a level similar to his 2018 season, rushing for 4.1 yards per carry. 

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Michel was traded to the Rams after the 2020 season where he won his second Super Bowl championship as the second option running back. 

With the Dolphins, Michel will join a crowded backfield including Raheem Mostert, Chase Edmonds, and Myles Gaskin. Nonetheless, given Michel's recently efficient production, it's likely that Patriots fans will be seeing a lot of a familiar face again twice next season.