LA Rams RB Sony Michel feels like he has big game potential
The LA Rams have been a work-in-process all season long. From players falling off the roster due to injuries or trades to traded and signed additions finding themselves interwoven among the roster, this has been a very dynamic and changing roster that in some way is still finding its way. One of those players who was added this season via trade is former New England Patriots RB Sony Michel.
Right now, he has found his role diminishing rapidly. From his apex in Week 16 against the Minnesota Vikings, when he rushed 27 times for 131 yards and a touchdown, his workload has been fading away quickly. In Week 17 against the Baltimore Ravens, he rushed 19 times for 74 yards and a touchdown. In Week 18, he rushed 21 times against the San Francisco 49ers for 43 yards.
Sony Michel was given the opportunity to start as the LA Rams running back for just seven of 17 games this season. That unto itself was a bit confusing, as the Rams traded two draft picks – a 2022 sixth-round and a 2023 fourth-round – to acquire him from the Patriots.
Trade for insurance
Of course, that trade was predicated on the fact that the LA Rams running back room was ravaged by injuries to anyone and everyone that had hoped to carry the football for the offense this year. One by one, they fell. That forced the Rams front office to act. Rather than take a chance on signing a player from the waiver wire, the team identified the runner that they wanted and then acquired him.
When the playoffs hit, the hope was that he would get more work. Rather the opposite happened. In the Wildcard Round against the Arizona Cardinals, he rushed 13 times for 58 yards. Against a very stout Tampa Bay Buccaneers run defense, the Rams handed him the ball one time for four yards.
One four-yard carry in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs? Seriously?