Sony Michel. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Patriots first-round pick Sony Michel made his much-anticipated NFL debut in Sunday's loss in Jacksonville, and he didn't do much.
The former Georgia running back played just 13 of 61 offensive snaps--fewer than fellow backs James White or Rex Burkhead--but he had team-highs with 10 carries for 34 yards, plus one catch for another seven. There was a 22-yard kickoff return as well.
What was Sony's comfort level in that first game after his knee prevented him from playing in the preseason and Week 1?
"It's all about preparation," he said. "Depending on how I practice, that's how comfortable I'm going to feel going into the game. Unfortunately it didn't go as we planned it to go, but that's football."
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You had a 15-yard run. Nice confidence boost?
"I mean, I think it was good for the team," he said. "A big gain for the team, but not enough to win the game."
Michel has a history of injuries--a torn ACL in high school, then college--broken shoulder blade, knee strain, ankle sprain, and a forearm fracture.
But, if he can stay healthy, Michel's a tremendous talent who normally wouldn't have fallen to 31st in the draft.
Pats will visit the Lions and their league-worst run-defense Sunday night.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports