We knew the Patriots were going to be a force at the running back position this year. Some might have even hinted at the running back room being a bit too loaded. We didn’t know what was going to happen with a surplus of running backs. But now we have a little bit clearer of an answer. The Patriots sent away 2018 first round draft pick Sony Michel to the Rams this morning in a trade. In exchange, the Patriots are getting two draft picks.
Per @AdamSchefter, Patriots are trading RB Sony Michel to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for two late-round conditional draft picks.
Patriots deep at RB, and now this lightens things:
🏈 Damien Harris
🏈 Rhamondre Stevenson
🏈 James White
🏈 J.J. Taylor
🏈 Brandon Bolden
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) August 25, 2021
So now that the trade has happened, here are a few things to keep in mind.
The Patriots Were Loaded at Running Back before the Sony Michel Trade
Make no mistake about it Patriots fans, this team still has a lot of good running backs. Damien Harris will be the feature back for this Patriots offense. You still have James White that you can use as your primary receiving back. Rhamondre Stevenson looks like he can help in short yardage situations. JJ Taylor has also been quite the surprise in camp so far. There wasn’t a lot of room for Sony Michel on this roster. The Patriots will move forward and still have a top five running game in the NFL for the 2021 season.
A New Start for Sony Michel
With this loaded roster, it was clear Sony Michel needed to go elsewhere. The Rams were a perfect landing spot. They lost Cam Akers earlier in preseason and needed a back. So it made sense for Sony to get a fresh start. Plus, this is somebody that had a great 2018 playoff run on the way to a Super Bowl title. The Rams will benefit from that along with having new quarterback Matthew Stafford in the fold.
It was a trade that made sense. Sony Michel will forever be in Patriots fans hearts for his efforts in the 2018 Super Bowl title. But it was time to move on for both sides. The Rams get their feature back. The Patriots running back room gets a little smaller and easier to manage. Everybody wins in this trade. Thanks for everything Sony!
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