Rams RB Sony Michel leaves Los Angeles, signs with Miami Dolphins


the Los Angeles Rams seemed ready for life after running back Sony Michel’s impact on the roster in his only season. He returns to the AFC for 2022.

According to NFL Network, Michel agreed to terms with the Miami Dolphins. The deal has not been finalized and the terms of the contract still remain a question to this day.

Drafted out of Georgia by the New England Patriots in 2018, Michel was traded to Los Angeles following what is expected to be a season-ending Achilles injury to second-year running back Cam Akers. As the team’s No. 2 option, Michel averaged 4.1 yards per carry and scored four touchdowns in 17 games. He finished with 845 yards on 208 carries.

Sony Michel


Sony Michel


Sony Michel

Michel, 27, played a pivotal role in the streak to help Los Angeles win the NFC West title. From week 12 until the end of the season, it again became the feature due to injuries and limited production. By doubling his carries, Michel averaged 21.5 carries per game and 4.2 yards per rush attempt.

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Against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Michel recorded his first 100-yard rushing game with 121 yards and touchdowns. Three weeks later against the Minnesota Vikings, he recorded a career-best 131 yards en route to a 30-23 victory.

The Dolphins have focused on their rushing offense under new coach Mike McDaniel. This offseason, Miami added former Arizona Cardinals No. 2 runner Chase Edmonds and San Francisco speedster Raheem Mostert.


Sony Michel


Sony Michel


Sony Michel

Speed ​​was a top priority for Miami this offseason, as the Dolphins also added former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cedrick Wilson Jr. and Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl target Tyreek Hill. Miami finished 9-8 in 2021 after going 10-6 the first year in the Tua Tagovailoa era.

Michel’s production should be replaced immediately with the addition of a fifth-round pick Kyren Williams. Two-year starter for Notre Dame, Williams exits consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in which he counted more than 200 races a year. Last season for the Fighting Irish, the 5-foot-10, 195-pound rusher recorded 17 total touchdowns while averaging 4.9 yards per rush attempt.


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