Patriots

Sony Michel continues to make strides, this time in short yardage

(ADAM RICHINS/BOSTON SPORTS JOURNAL)

FOXBOROUGH — Of the 106 yards Sony Michel recorded on the ground in Sunday’s win over the Chiefs, Bill Belichick chose to dissect the final two.

Michel’s last carry didn't result in a touchdown. But in the end, it was just what New England needed, breaking through a third-and-1 and handing his team a new set of downs during the game-winning drive of the night.

Michel has lived up the billing as a first-round pick, ranking eighth among all NFL players this season with 400 rushing yards through six games.

In his last three games alone, the Georgia product has racked up 328 yards from scrimmage — along with four jaunts into the end zone.

And yet, it was Michel’s ability to convert on a short-yardage situation — evidenced earlier in the game with a 1-yard score up the gut —  that had Belichick impressed with what the 23-year-old back can bring to the offense.