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.Stevan Ridley? Corey Dillon? Curtis Martin? After Sundays victory over the Miami Dolphins Authentic Ja'Whaun Bentley Jersey ( , I posed an open-ended question to Twitter. I didnt give much guidance because I wanted to see how people would interpret the question. I simply asked asked people to fill in the blank: The Patriots havent had a running back like Sony Michel since ______.Now my intention was with regards to Michels running style. I think Dion Lewis is the most talented running back the Patriots have had since Corey Dillon in 2004, but I dont think many people would confuse Lewis running style with that of Michel. Where Lewis would make twenty tacklers miss, Michel flashed an ability to use patience behind a blocker and then lower his shoulder to get yards after contact.But 10 people offered Lewis name as the blank, the most of any opinion. Six people offered Dillon and Curtis Martin, while four said Robert Edwards.I said Stevan Ridley and three people agreed with that sentiment. Perhaps Michel can develop into a receiving back, too, but so long as James White is on the roster I have a hard time seeing Michel being the all-around back of Curtis Martin, the player responsible for three of the four best running back seasons in a Patriots uniform over the past 30 years.Michel only has 5 targets on the season and none of them came last week against the Dolphins. But perhaps they just wanted to preserve Michel after Rex Burkheads injury, and I could see the Patriots trying to have a more defined role for Michel and White.Expectations for Michel were extremely high after the Patriots selected him in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft and hell have to match his production against the Dolphins multiple times over the coming weeks in order to satisfy the fans. But out of all rookies, Michel ranks fifth in yards from scrimmage with 202 and thats even after missing the season opener. He likely wont catch up to Saquon Barkley (453 yards from scrimmage), but the door is open for Michel to be one of the most productive players in the entire rookie class.Michel had a 23-yard gain and a 14-yard gain against the Dolphins Youth Rex Burkhead Jersey ( , showing a mix of patience behind his blockers, explosion in traffic, and power at the point of contact that makes me think hell continue to improve each week as he settles into the New England offense. Hes a one-cut slasher like Stevan Ridley, but where Ridley sometimes crashed into the backs of his blockers, I think Michel shows an ability to wait for a crease to open. I also think Michel shows a little more athleticism in the open field.But until Michel starts getting involved in the passing game, Ridleys 2012 season with 1,263 rushing yards and a mere 14 targets is the likely trajectory- and thats an incredible season, especially if thats the future for Michels rookie year.As for the expectations around Michel as a first round pick, the way teams win through the draft is by getting players that outperform their rookie contracts. For example, the New York Giants made Saquon Barkely the 2nd overall pick, which makes him the fifth-highest paid running back in the league (sixth-highest once LeVeon Bell returns to the field). Its incredibly difficult for Barkely to out-perform his contract Adam Butler Jersey ( , so even as hes ranked fifth in yards from scrimmage for all running backs, the Giants are just getting market value.Michel, on the other hand, ranks 30th in average contract for running backs, behind James White (t-18th) and Rex Burkhead (25th). For context, White ranks 14th in yards from scrimmage and Burkhead is on the injured reserve. Michel ranks 32nd in yards from scrimmage, but hes missed a game and is trending up. Ultimately, a top-20 season from Michel sounds pretty reasonable and would also be a major win and a solid return on salary cap investment.But Im getting ahead of myself. Michels had one strong game and two replacement-level appearances. Hes by no means a lock to be the next Corey Dillon. But I havent hoped for any Patriots running back to be the next Dillon, until Michel came along.Because if Ridleys 2012 season is the projection for Michels rookie season, Dillons 2004 season- with 1,635 rushing yards and only 21 targets- could be on Michels horizon.Somehow Authentic Elandon Roberts Jersey ( , the Texans defense was amazed at how quickly Patriots QB Tom Brady gets rid of the football It is only partially true that football games are won or lost during the week leading up to them you can have the best battle plan but still have to execute it. That being said, the team that is better prepared for a matchup ahead is often the one to come away from it victoriously. Enter the New England Patriots week one opponent, who was beaten by a final score of 27-20: the Houston Texans.Houston, employing ex-New England offensive coordinator Bill OBrien as its head coach and featuring a staff filled with former Patriots assistants and players, certainly did its homework. However, the team apparently was still caught of guard by just how quickly quarterback Tom Brady was able to get rid of the football as an NFL Films clip captured by independent NFL reporter Dov Kleiman shows:That balls coming out so quick, its like: you want to rush, but..., defensive edge Angelo Blackson told his teammates Brandon Dunn and D.J. Reader. Dunn answered that the team just needs to keep rushing. Blackson, who had a deflection that led to an interception early in the contest, then answered that rushing is still a futile endeavor: If youre rushing you aint never gonna... you know what Im saying?Over the years , Brady has become famous for his quick release and how the Patriots are able to use it to counter teams with potent pass rushers just look at Super Bowl 49 as an example, when New Englands quick strike approach wore down the defensive line. On Sunday against the Texans, the team used a similar approach as Bradys average time from snap to throw was just 2.57 seconds.The 41-year old was still sacked twice during the game, but the overall pressure was not enough to disrupt the rhythm of New Englands passing offense on a consistent basis: on the day, Brady was pressured only five times in total the aforementioned D.J. Reader accounted for three of those pressures with two sacks and a quarterback hit, with star pass rusher J.J. Watt producing two hits.The rest of Houstons talented front seven including Angelo Blackson came up empty. While New Englands offensive line played a big role in that, so did Bradys lightning-quick release. One would think that a team with that many former Patriots on its pay roll would not be surprised by the latter. But here we find ourselves for some reason.
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