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Bishop Sankey | Running Back

Team: Tennessee Titans
Age / DOB:  (23) / 9/15/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 209
College: Washington
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Bishop Sankey rushed five times for 10 yards and caught 2-of-2 targets for 31 yards Week 3 against the Colts.
Sankey had just two touches in the first half as he played behind both Antonio Andrews and Dexter McCluster. The sophomore was more involved in the second half, but he was still clearly behind Andrews in the pecking order. After failing to separate himself from Shonn Greene last season, Sankey has now been jumped on the depth chart by an ineffective scatback and an undrafted player out of Western Kentucky. Sankey may still climb back to the top of the heap at some point this season, but right now he is not a usable fantasy asset. Sep 27 - 4:43 PM

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Bishop Sankey rushed 12 times for 42 yards in the Titans' Week 2 loss to the Browns.

He was targeted twice in the passing game, but caught neither. After a two-TD opener, Sankey was out-rushed by Dexter McCluster (10-98) against the Browns as the Titans played in catch-up mode, ultimately losing 28-14. Sankey will only be a flex option when the Titans take on the Colts in Week 3.
Sep 20 - 4:49 PM

Bishop Sankey ate up 74 rushing yards on 12 carries and a touchdown while adding another 12 receiving yards and a touchdown on two catches in the Titans’ Week 1 win over the Buccaneers.

Sankey enjoyed a productive Week 1, though it wasn’t without a few hiccups. He had an ugly drop on the Titans’ opening drive and fumbled in the third quarter, though Tennessee was able to recover it. The Titans gave Terrance West first dibs at goal-line work but he lost that privilege pretty quickly after getting stuffed on the one three times in a row. Sankey carved out a few nice runs by following his blocks and showing a good burst on the outside. He may have a slightly tougher time against the Browns in Week 2, though he probably earned enough goodwill Sunday to warrant RB3/flex consideration.
Sep 13 - 7:55 PM

ESPN Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky does not expect Bishop Sankey to open the season as Tennessee's "established lead guy" at tailback.

Kuharsky acknowledges Sankey "still ranks at the front of the line" and "has been better" than he was as a rookie, but all signs point toward the Titans employing a committee backfield to open the year. The Week 1 No. 2 back figures to be short-yardage specialist Antonio Andrews, with Dexter McCluster handling passing downs. Terrance West will eventually work into the mix.
Sep 7 - 3:22 PM

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt says his running back usage will be game-plan specific.

Whiz doesn't like his running back corps, so he's trying to become an amateur Bill Belichick. Bishop Sankey will presumably be the lead back when the Titans try to go uptempo, and David Cobb when Whiz decides he needs to ground-and-pound. Dexter McCluster and Antonio Andrews will mix in at miscellaneous intervals. We (slightly) prefer Cobb to Sankey in fantasy, but neither is more than an RB3.
Sep 4 - 4:12 PM

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said the team is open to signing another running back.

"I'm sure we’ll look and see what else is out there," said Whisenhunt. "If there’s somebody that can help us—if we need that." None of the Titans' running backs have stood out this preseason and the team is likely to employ a committee in the early going. Sankey is the favorite for early-down work with Dexter McCluster mixing in on passing downs. David Cobb will have a role when he returns from his calf injury with Antonio Andrews and David Fluellen serving as backfield depth.
Aug 30 - 10:25 AM

Bishop Sankey managed 17 yards on six carries in the Titans' third preseason game.

He's at 77 yards on 20 runs (3.85 YPC) through three exhibition weeks. Sankey shared the backfield with Antonio Andrews to open the game, while David Cobb (calf) was scratched. Sankey fumbled in the first quarter, but the ball was recovered by rookie RT Jeremiah Poutasi. Another bad sign came when Andrews vultured a two-yard touchdown; Sankey doesn't profile well as a goal-line back, limiting his scoring ceiling if those runs are going to go to Andrews or Cobb this year. Sankey remains a capped-upside committee back on what's likely to be a losing Titans team.
Aug 28 - 9:46 PM

Bishop Sankey rushed six times for 45 yards in the Titans' second preseason game Sunday night.

Sankey showed niftiness and burst against the Rams' first-team defense before giving way to rookie David Cobb. Through two exhibition weeks, Sankey has 60 yards on 14 runs (4.29 YPC). Although those covering the team anticipate Cobb ending up with more carries, Sankey continues to hog starter's reps and has operated as the Titans' lead back in each of the first two preseason games. Cobb did mix in with the ones after Sankey was done for the night against St. Louis, but Sankey ultimately outplayed him. This backfield has RBBC written all over it.
Aug 23 - 9:45 PM

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Saturday he is open to the idea of using a true feature back if one of the Titans' running backs asserts himself as such.

"That's really up to them," said Whisenhunt, referring to Bishop Sankey, Antonio Andrews, and rookie David Cobb. "I think that’s part of what the preseason is about. We can find out if we can have that guy, not to be cliché, that’s the bell cow." Whisenhunt did confirm Dexter McCluster's role is safe as the Titans' third-down back. Sankey finished the preseason opener with just 15 yards on eight carries. "He simply doesn't look at all electric," beat writer Paul Kuharsky wrote.
Aug 15 - 4:49 PM

Bishop Sankey is getting the majority of first-team reps at Titans camp.

Sankey's wildly disappointing rookie year hasn't stopped him from getting the benefit of the doubt this year. Of course, his only real competition is fifth-round rookie David Cobb and former UDFA Antonio Andrews. Sankey will likely lead this committee to start the season, although we wouldn't be surprised if Cobb eventually gets more work. Cobb has generated "some buzz" in training camp, per the team's official site.
Aug 13 - 8:30 AM

The Titans' website believes Bishop Sankey has been the "most impressive running back" in camp, and "shown better instincts" than he did as a rookie.

Sankey has bulked up 6-7 pounds from last season, and writer Jim Wyatt believes it will make him "stronger and more durable." Sankey is battling fifth-rounder David Cobb for chairmanship of Tennessee's inevitable committee. Even if Sankey emerges as the starter, we wouldn't trust him as more than an RB3 to begin the season.
Aug 6 - 8:04 PM

ESPN Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky expects Bishop Sankey to be the team's Week 1 starter at tailback, but to "lose carries to rookie David Cobb."

Fifth-rounder Cobb lacks Sankey's theoretical big-play ability, but is a superior runner between the tackles. Cobb, however, is going to face competition himself from fellow bruiser Antonio Andrews. The Titans used as many as four running backs throughout last season, giving Sankey, Shonn Greene, Dexter McCluster, and even Leon Washington playing time in their backfield. This could be a frustrating fantasy situation again this year.
Jul 26 - 2:30 PM

The Tennessean says Bishop Sankey is the "odds-on favorite" to start Week 1.

It's important to note that Sankey, brutally unimpressive as a rookie, is merely the favorite by default. The Titans are tied to him after making him the first running back off the board in 2014 and only having gadget player Dexter McCluster as veteran depth. We'd still expect rookie fifth-rounder David Cobb to make a big push in training camp and at least siphon off a significant chunk of work, but he'll have to earn it. Cobb missed most of the offseason with a hamstring issue.
Jul 20 - 8:49 AM

According to ESPN Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky, Bishop Sankey has been working a "great deal" on taking the "right course" before and after handoffs.

"Just being in the right place, taking the right courses — those things will help," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. He's not wrong, but it's alarming this is something Sankey is still working on as a 22-year-old running back. Infamously, Sankey's footwork was also lacking as a rookie. Sankey was the first running back off the board in 2014, but apparently still doesn't have his fundamentals in order. Fifth-rounder David Cobb is a big-time threat to Sankey's No. 1 status.
Jun 1 - 2:54 PM

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt believes Bishop Sankey adding weight will help him in pass protection and as a finisher of runs.

The Titans want Sankey at 215-220 pounds this year, after he played at 209 as a rookie and averaged 3.74 yards per carry. "I just feel like as far as having some thump in the A-gap when he has protection or being able to get extra yards on a carry, I think that can help him," Whisenhunt explained. In our experience, weight gains at running back rarely improve performance.
May 27 - 3:55 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Marcus Mariota
2Zach Mettenberger
3Charlie Whitehurst
RB1Bishop Sankey
2Terrance West
3Dexter McCluster
4Antonio Andrews
5David Cobb
GLB1Antonio Andrews
2Terrance West
3RB1Dexter McCluster
2Bishop Sankey
FB1Jalston Fowler
WR11Kendall Wright
2Dorial Green-Beckham
WR21Harry Douglas
2Justin Hunter
WR31Justin Hunter
TE1Delanie Walker
2Anthony Fasano
3Craig Stevens
4Chase Coffman
5Phillip Supernaw
LT1Taylor Lewan
LG1Byron Bell
2Quinton Spain
C1Brian Schwenke
2Andy Gallik
RG1Chance Warmack
RT1Jeremiah Poutasi
2Jamon Meredith
K1Ryan Succop