The New England Patriots surprised a lot of people last weekend by knocking out Oklahoma running back Rhemondre Stevenson in the fourth round of the draft.
After all, they already seemed stranded and loaded at the post for next season with players like Damien Harris, Sony Michel, James White, Brandon Bolden and JJ Taylor having spots on the roster.
However, the Stevenson selection now leaves the door open for someone from that group to be released or traded in the coming months.
Why would you use a fourth round pick on a versatile running back if you didn’t have immediate plans for him, right?
According to Mike Reiss, an ESPN insider, it looks like Michel, who just had his fifth-year option turned down by the Patriots, has every chance of being the favorite.
Seeing as there is no clearly defined role for the 2018 first-round pick, it’s worth speculating if the Patriots would consider trading him before next season.
Could the Patriots consider trading running back Sony Michel?
Oklahoma’s fourth-round pick Stevenson could threaten Michel for a spot on the game day roster (and possibly the 53-man roster) because he’s more likely to be a factor on special teams, ”Reiss wrote. “It seems like a place with a quality depth, which the Patriots have needed in recent seasons because of injury.”
Michel has been an excellent servant for the Patriots, but his development has been hampered by various injuries. The 26-year-old’s injury history dates back to his college days in Georgia, and the front office is clearly wondering if it’s worth keeping him.
For context, Michael has only appeared once in 16 games of his career (2019), and it was by far his least productive season. That year, despite ranking 10th in the league in carries, he finished 17th in rushing yards (912) and 40th in yards per carry (3.7).
While the former Bulldog showed acceleration between tackles that we’ve never seen before coming back from injury last season, it might have been too little, too late for the Patriots, who shouldn’t feel pressured to keep coming back. at the Michel well.
If the front office and coaching staff are really concerned that Michel’s place for next season is in jeopardy – Stevenson’s special-teams skill suggests it’s a real possibility – shouldn’t they try to cash in of him while they still can?
It’s duly noted that the Patriots lost any leverage they had by choosing not to exercise Michel’s fifth-year option, but we don’t see anything wrong with trying to reclaim a midfield draft pick or end of round for a player who is apparently a true candidate. cut later on this offseason.
Don’t look now, but New England might have another N’Keal Harry situation on their hands. In other words, they could soon admit defeat in back-to-back first-round picks in the same offseason. Think how crazy that sounds.
For all the good that has been accomplished over the past few months, fans would be hard pressed to imagine a worse appearance for the organization.