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Bishop Sankey | Running Back

Team: Tennessee Titans
Age / DOB:  (22) / 9/15/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 209
College: Washington
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Bishop Sankey rushed 16 times for 56 yards in Tennessee's Week 7 loss to the Redskins.
Sankey committed a brutal drop on his lone target in the passing game. It was a screen where Sankey had room to rack up yards. Sankey could have had an additional 20 yards, but had two runs called back by penalty. Sankey was Tennessee's clear lead runner — Dexter McCluster, Jackie Battle and Leon Washington combined for only nine touches — but Sankey has failed to run away with No. 1 duties in Shonn Greene's (hamstring) absence. He remains an RB3, albeit a solid one, until further notice. Oct 19 - 5:41 PM

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Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday Bishop Sankey is "getting better" and the Titans are "excited about him."

Whisenhunt said "nerves were a factor" in regard to Sankey's slow start against the Jaguars, but he finished relatively strong with 68 yards on 19 touches. Most unfortunately for Sankey's fantasy owners, he was vultured at the goal line by FB Jackie Battle, and Dexter McCluster remained the passing-down back. Sankey will be a flex option in Week 7 against Washington.
Oct 13 - 4:54 PM

Bishop Sankey rushed 18 times for 61 yards and caught a seven-yard pass in the Titans' Week 6 win over Jacksonville.

Sankey got the start with Shonn Greene (hamstring) inactive, but mixed and matched with Dexter McCluster (8 touches) and to a lesser extent Leon Washington (2 touches). After managing 12 yards on his initial seven carries, Sankey was vultured at the one-yard line by FB Jackie Battle. Sitting at 18 yards on nine carries early in the third quarter, Sankey finally got some room and ripped off a 22-yard gain to finish with a respectable day. Sankey will remain a dicey flex option in Week 7 against the run-tough Redskins defense.
Oct 12 - 4:35 PM

Bishop Sankey was announced as the Titans' starting tailback for Week 6 against the Jaguars.

The Titans' Week 6 inactives are QB Jake Locker, TE Craig Stevens, RB Shonn Greene, CB Coty Sensabaugh, CB Brandon Ghee, LB Akeem Ayers, and TE Taylor Thompson. With Greene on the shelf, Sankey should push for 15-17 touches in a favorable matchup. Dexter McCluster and Leon Washington will mix in off the bench.
Oct 12 - 11:38 AM

ESPN Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky expects Bishop Sankey to lead Tennessee's backfield in touches with Shonn Greene (hamstring) out.

The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt echoes the sentiment, saying Sankey "should get plenty of work." What should happen and has happened in Tennessee have been two different things so far this season, but it finally appears the Titans will be forced into giving Sankey a decent workload. That said, expect Dexter McCluster and Leon Washington to get an annoying amount of work against the Jaguars.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 11 - 12:06 PM

Titans.com's Joe Fann expects Bishop Sankey to "assume a majority of carries" with Shonn Greene (hamstring, doubtful) not expected to play in Week 6.

Fann also expects the Titans to use "plenty of" passing-down back Dexter McCluster. To this point, second-round pick Sankey has not handled more than ten carries in any of the 1-4 Titans' first five games, despite averaging 4.69 YPC. We suspect he will land in the range of 12-17 carries against the Jaguars.
Oct 10 - 1:47 PM

Bishop Sankey managed 27 yards on eight carries in the Titans' Week 5 loss to Cleveland, and failed to secure his lone target.

Although coach Ken Whisenhunt promised during the week that Sankey's role would increase, he continued to take a backseat to plodder Shonn Greene, who finished with 36 yards on 11 carries. Until we see on-field evidence that Sankey has indeed emerged as the Titans' lead runner, he will be a dicey week-to-week flex option. Tennessee will square off with Jacksonville in Week 6.
Oct 5 - 6:41 PM

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Bishop Sankey will likely get more reps than he has all season against the Browns this week.

"You will see (more reps for Sankey). That's coming," Whisenhunt said. "And I think you'll see more of that earlier in the game this week." Sankey has actually led the Titans' running backs in snaps the past two weeks with 22 and 29, respectively, but they've been coming in the second half when the Titans have been getting plastered on the scoreboard. Whisenhunt is finally realizing Shonn Greene and Dexter McCluster aren't good. Sankey has managed 127 yards and one touchdown on 19 touches the past two weeks. Cleveland has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Sankey has RB2 upside.
Oct 1 - 10:49 AM

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday that rookie Bishop Sankey's "footwork is improving," which should lead to more opportunities.

Sankey is averaging 5.94 YPC with a touchdown amid what Whisenhunt believes is shoddy "footwork" the past two weeks. So consider the possibilities once Sankey's "footwork" improves, we suppose. Sankey played only 29 snaps in Week 3 and 24 snaps in Week 4. The Titans have lost three straight games.
Sep 29 - 5:02 PM

Bishop Sankey rushed for 34 yards and one touchdown on six carries in the Titans' Week 4 loss to the Colts.

Sankey led all Titans' running backs in rushing yards, as Shonn Greene and Dexter McCluster combined for 11 yards on five carries. Sankey didn't play at all in the first half before getting an entire series to himself in the third quarter, picking up easy chunk yards and cashing in a two-yard touchdown. But, ya know, footwork. It's clear Sankey is the Titans' best back, but look for Greene to keep leading this backfield until further notice. Sankey is closing in, though, and needs to be owned in 12- and 14-team leagues.
Sep 28 - 4:17 PM

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said Bishop Sankey's reps won't increase until he improves his footwork.

Sankey dusted off 61 yards on ten carries and was the Titans' most dangerous player in Sunday's loss to the Bengals, but Whisenhunt is still obsessed with his footwork. "If he can get the attention to detail better, his reps will increase," stated Whisenhunt. As @StopTheVetoing suggested on Twitter, "Maybe they should have drafted Fred Astaire." The 54th overall pick in May's draft, Sankey has 89 yards on 18 carries (4.94 YPC) through three games. He's rotating with Shonn Greene and Dexter McCluster.
Sep 22 - 5:46 PM

Bishop Sankey rushed for 61 yards on ten carries in the Titans' Week 3 loss to the Bengals.

Sankey tied Shonn Greene for the team lead in carries, and added one catch for nine yards. Greene got the start, and the Titans were getting blown out, so Sankey got plenty of work in the second half. Greene is still the leader of this backfield, but Sankey is closing in on him. Sankey needs to remain on rosters in 12- and 14-team leagues. His role has been growing each week.
Sep 21 - 4:42 PM

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

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

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
WR21Justin Hunter
2Nate Washington
3Kris Durham
WR31Nate Washington
TE1Delanie Walker
2Taylor Thompson
3Chase Coffman
4Brett Brackett
K1Ryan Succop