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Tom Brady hands the ball off to Sony Michel of the New England Patriots in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Rams during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Sony Michel sparked concerns when he missed Patriots minicamp due to a recent knee scope. But the sophomore running back is reportedly coming along in his recovery with training camp a month away.

According to Mike Giardi of the NFL Network, Michel is “progressing quickly” since his latest arthroscopic knee surgery, a relatively minor procedure. The second-year back out of Georgia has also been spending time at Tom Brady’s TB12 center by Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Giardi described two interdependent goals for the Patriots and Michel: “improve range of motion in the knee” and make him “a more explosive runner” in 2019.

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 13: Sony Michel #26 of the New England Patriots reacts with Tom Brady #12 after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter of the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Explosiveness wasn’t exactly Michel’s calling card in 2018. Running behind a dominant Patriots offensive line, Michel used his exceptional field vision to take what defenses gave him and ran decisively up the field. If he added more explosiveness and power to his repertoire, he could become a really dangerous back in any situation.

The Patriots obviously have concerns about Michel’s knee, considering the care they’ve given it. They also drafted Alabama running back Damien Harris in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Based on his reps at minicamp, Harris looks to be making quick progress as a potential early-down back.

But Michel remains a major piece of the Patriots offense moving forward, and it appears that he’s on track for his expected return by the start of training camp in late July.

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