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Bishop Sankey | Running Back

Team: Tennessee Titans
Age / DOB:  (21) / 9/15/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 209
College: Washington
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Bishop Sankey improved from No. 4 to No. 2 on the depth chart in Tennessee's Week 2 loss, but rushed just twice for three yards.
Sankey wasn't targeted in the passing game. Sankey got the rock much earlier than he did in Week 1, getting a look on Tennessee's second series. He still ended up getting out-touched by Dexter McCluster, however, and appears further than ever from early-season fantasy relevance. Shonn Greene has goal-line duties on lockdown, while McCluster will be a thorn in Sankey's side as a COP back. Sankey remains worth stashing in 12-14 team leagues, but it could be a while before you use him. Sep 14 - 5:26 PM

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ESPN Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky expects rookie RB Bishop Sankey's offensive role to "gradually grow."

Sankey was clearly behind Shonn Greene and Dexter McCluster Week 1, and only had two more touches than career return-man Leon Washington. He is buried on the depth chart, and may need an injury to either Greene or McCluster to earn significant playing time. Sankey is worth a stash, but he should not be in starting lineups Week 2.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 13 - 11:49 AM

Rookie Bishop Sankey rushed six times for 25 yards in the Titans' Week 1 win over Kansas City.

Sankey didn't touch the ball until Tennessee jumped out to a 17-3 lead in the second half, playing behind Shonn Greene, Dexter McCluster, and Leon Washington. The second-round rookie remains a hold in 12-team leagues, but until Sankey establishes a role in the Titans' backfield, he can't be viewed as more than an RB3/4.
Sep 7 - 5:27 PM

The Titans have elevated rookie Bishop Sankey to No. 2 on their tailback depth chart.

He's still behind Shonn Greene, but passed Dexter McCluster. Per beat writer Paul Kuharsky, "all three will be part of the rotation and game plans and matchups will do a lot to dictate their usage." Greene will open the season as the slight favorite for carries over Sankey, and should get almost all short-yardage and goal-line work. McCluster will play the Danny Woodhead role under ex-Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt. Although his ascent has been slow, we still expect Sankey to emerge from this pack as the Titans' leader in 2014 touches.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 2 - 11:14 AM

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Bishop Sankey "ran the ball very well" in the Titans' final preseason game Thursday night.

Sankey ran for 43 yards on seven carries against the Vikings. "We’ve seen growth with Bishop," said Whisenhunt. "His vision is good. He’s seeing the holes well. His protection, he’s done a nicer job with that as he’s gone through it." Sankey should start climbing the depth chart sooner rather than later, but his upside is limited by the Titans' apparent preference to use a committee approach at running back. He is overvalued in the fifth round.
Aug 29 - 8:58 PM

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Bishop Sankey showed improvement on Saturday night.

The Titans implored Sankey to clean up his footwork, exchanges and ball security issues. The second-round rookie took heed and turned in a clean performance although he picked up just 44 yards on 16 carries (2.75 YPC). "He responded to what we asked about," Whisenhunt said. Sankey has run exclusively with the second- and third-stringers throughout the preseason, but more clean performances in practice will lead to an eventual climb up the depth chart. We've seen what Shonn Greene is, and it isn't pretty. Still, Sankey's fifth-round ADP is far too steep considering his current role.
Aug 25 - 8:15 AM

Bishop Sankey exclusively ran with the second- and third-stringers once again in Saturday's preseason game against the Falcons.

The Titans' offense ran 26 plays in the first half. Starter Shonn Greene got 12 snaps, Dexter McCluster got nine, Leon Washington got five and Sankey got zero. That's exactly the way it's been all preseason, as the second-round rookie is yet to see a first-team rep while struggling with ball security, footwork and pass protection. He did come on in the second half to rush 16 times for 44 yards with a touchdown and now has 35 carries for 112 yards with that score this preseason. We eventually expect Sankey to rise to the top of this committee, but it's going to take some time.
Aug 23 - 10:22 PM

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt believes Bishop Sankey is "not a fumbler," and that his ball-security issues have been caused by footwork and technique issues.

Sankey lost a fumble in Friday's preseason game, and has apparently been having exchange issues all camp. It's good news that his coach is willing to publicly go to bat for him, but Sankey is going to have to show stronger hands over the final few weeks of summer practice. Provided he doesn't fumble the opportunity away, Sankey is the favorite to lead the Titans' committee.
Aug 18 - 1:45 PM

The Tennessean wonders if Bishop Sankey's "continued fumbling issues" will cost him.

Sankey lost a fumble in Friday's preseason game against the Saints. Apparently, it's been a recurring theme as the rookie has also had exchange issues with quarterbacks in practice. We still strongly believe Sankey will emerge as the top dog in this RBBC, well ahead of Shonn Greene and Dexter McCluster -- but it might take a little time. The rookie has exclusively run with the second- and third-stringers this preseason, with coach Ken Whisenhunt criticizing his pass protection and footwork in addition to the ball-security woes. Sankey would obviously benefit with first-team reps if Greene's latest right knee issue proves cumbersome.
Aug 18 - 9:56 AM

Bishop Sankey had six carries for 31 yards in the Titans' second preseason game on Friday night.

Sankey continued to work with the third team behind Shonn Greene and Dexter McCluster, but was more effective in the running game this week -- averaging 5.2 yards per carry. He lost a fumble in the fourth quarter and didn't return. With Greene dealing with a knee injury, Sankey could see time with the starters in Tennessee's third preseason game.
Aug 15 - 11:24 PM

The Tennessean says it's "easy to envision" Bishop Sankey as the primary ball-carrier this season.

We're not reading into Sankey's zero first-team snaps in the preseason opener, and neither is top beat man Jim Wyatt. Shonn Greene and Dexter McCluster are specialty players, and the Titans made Sankey the first back off the board because of his all-around ability. He's a strong bet to emerge as the lead dog of this RBBC sooner rather than later. "We believe in him, and what we have seen so far, we like what we see," said coach Ken Whisenhunt. Owners should note that Sankey will almost certainly lose goal-line work to Greene.
Aug 13 - 9:57 AM

Coach Ken Whisenhunt identified Bishop Sankey as a player that stood out in Saturday's preseason opener.

The Titans' starters logged 10 plays, with Shonn Greene getting seven snaps and Dexter McCluster getting the three third-down reps. That's not what to expect going forward. Sankey racked up 75 yards on 13 touches, gaining praise from Whiz despite blowing a blitz pickup. The second-round rookie is likely to lose goal-line work to Greene, but should emerge as the lead back in this RBBC. Expect some first-team reps in Friday's second preseason game.
Aug 11 - 8:39 AM

Shonn Greene is listed as the first-team running back on the Titans' initial depth chart.

Dexter McCluster is listed second and Bishop Sankey third. It's likely a case of a rookie being forced to earn his stripes, but we wouldn't dismiss Greene being a factor in this backfield. Sankey profiled as more of a space back in college, and if there's one thing the big-bodied Greene can do it's pound between the tackles.
Aug 6 - 10:15 AM

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Friday the Titans are still in the process of determining rookie Bishop Sankey's role.

Whiz called Sankey a player "we've got to find out about" in terms of his ability to contribute and workload. Sankey's college track record suggests he can indeed handle lots of carries and be a contributor in the pass game, although that doesn't always result in high-volume NFL success. May pro evaluators viewed Sankey as a change-of-pace type coming out of Washington. In Tennessee, he'll try to separate himself from Dexter McCluster and banged-up Shonn Greene.
Jul 25 - 12:55 PM

According to the Nashville Tennessean, the Titans "plan on using a running back by committee approach" this season.

Beat writer Jim Wyatt's "thinking" is Bishop Sankey will lead the team in "carries and production," but Dexter McCluster will be ex-Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt's new Danny Woodhead, and the Titans "want (Shonn) Greene to be their power back in goal-line and short-yardage situations." Wyatt also noted McCluster was an "offseason star" during OTAs. Most NFL executives viewed Sankey as a rotational back as opposed to a feature runner prior to May's draft. The Titans made him the first running back selected, but he's hardly a lock to handle bellcow work. Sankey's current Average Draft Position is the early fourth round, ahead of Ryan Mathews, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, and Frank Gore.
Jul 20 - 12:26 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Jake Locker
2Charlie Whitehurst
3Zach Mettenberger
RB1Shonn Greene
2Bishop Sankey
3Dexter McCluster
4Leon Washington
GLB1Shonn Greene
2Bishop Sankey
3RB1Dexter McCluster
2Bishop Sankey
FB1Jackie Battle
WR11Kendall Wright
2Derek Hagan
3T.J. Graham
WR21Nate Washington
2Justin Hunter
3Kris Durham
WR31Justin Hunter
TE1Delanie Walker
2Craig Stevens
3Taylor Thompson
K1Ryan Succop