Houston Texans should prioritize signing Sony Michel

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Sony Michel is the perfect running back to help mentor Houston Texans rookie Dameon Pierce

With the Houston Texans’ regular season opener being a just over a week away, teams have arranged made final changes to their 53-man rosters, by cutting and trading players that are depth players for other rosters. There have been some really surprising cuts, including the Texans releasing Marlon Mack on Tuesday.

The Texans have made some other questionable cuts such as letting go former starting fullback Andy Janovich, Chris Conley, and Isaac Yiadom are just a select few names from the long list of players let go to shape the 53-man roster.

Mack is one that was the biggest surprise as Houston is short at running back talent behind rookie Dameon Pierce.

The release of Mack has opened a potential roster space for the Texans to sign recently cut two-time Super Bowl champion Sony Michel.

Michel was drafted 31st overall in 2018 by the New England Patriots out of the University of Georgia. With the Bulldogs, Michel put up 4,234 all purpose yards. In his senior season he put 1,227 yards on the ground with an incredible 16 rushing touchdowns.

Texans should consider signing Sony Michel as a veteran at RB

As a pro running back, Michel has flashed signs of becoming a future superstar by putting up 931 yards and six rushing yards with the New England Patriots and a primary contributor in winning the Super Bowl with New England.

In Michel’s second season he added an extra touchdown with seven and rushed for 912 yards.  Sadly, the injury bug got to him and he only produced half the yards he had in first two seasons so they ended up trading him to the Los Angeles Rams after the Patriots drafted Alabama running back Damien Harris that same season.

Last season, Michel — as a member of the Rams — accumulated 845 yards with with four touchdowns and 128 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown.

The positive about Michel is he understands his role and understands how to be successful in it, and a good comparison for Michel is former Bengals running back Giovanni Bernard as the running back had speed, and understood how to lead his team while also knowing when he was needed.

Michel is a really fast and powerful back just like Pierce. Pierce needs a teammate like Michel who has championship playoff experience and a great leadership skills to help him improve during his rookie season. Michel would instill the team factor into Pierce, and help him understand that he should always shine when given the opportunity.

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