Sony Michel wasn't present at most of the spring workouts due to a reported knee scope, but things seem to be trending towards the second-year running back being on the field when the Patriots open training camp July 25.
"It's a process and it's just something that I'm just kind of working towards," Michel told NFL Media's Omar Ruiz on Tuesday at the Gatorade Player of the Year ceremony. "That's the goal to be ready for training camp."
Michel missed all of the preseason last year, as well as three regular-season games. The Georgia product didn't want to get into connecting those injuries to the one that sidelined him this spring.
"It's all part of the game. I wouldn't relate it to last year," Michel said. "Last year was last year. This is a whole new time. Anything can happen."
As a rookie, Michel had a strong season and took things to another level in the postseason when he ran for 336 yards and six touchdowns.
"Just build on those moments," he said when asked what his goals are for the coming season. "Build on what I've done. See can I raise it to another level? How much can I learn from it? How much can I take away from it to add? I think that's what it's all about. Just building on top and just trying to improve."
Michel will be in a Patriots backfield that includes James White, Rex Burkhead, rookie Damien Harris and Brandon Bolden.