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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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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
Source: ESPN.com

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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.
Source: ESPN.com
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

The Titans want Bishop Sankey to put on additional weight.

Sankey tipped the scales at 209 at the Combine last year. The Titans want him to bulk up to 215-220 to be able to handle the rigors of the NFL. They also want Sankey to better understand the offense. We don't like weight gain with running backs, as it often makes them slower. Coming off a down rookie season and with the addition of David Cobb, it's difficult to have a rosy outlook for Sankey.
May 27 - 2:15 PM

Titans GM Ruston Webster said the team will likely pick up a running back on Day 3 of the NFL Draft.

"I think that's something we'll look at (Saturday)," Webster said. "I think it's one of the deeper positions left." With last year's second-round pick Bishop Sankey wholly disappointing in his rookie year and Shonn Greene a replacement-level talent, the Titans could use help in the backfield. Minnesota RB David Cobb would be a great fit as a replacement for Greene.
May 2 - 9:55 AM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell believes Bishop Sankey would be "well down the list" in this year's draft-eligible running back class.

The Titans made Sankey the first running back drafted last May. This year, he would be a fringe top-ten prospect in a running back class rich with talent. Titans COO Tommy Smith recently stated Tennessee will attempt to build a "smashmouth" team moving forward. A finesse runner with no real tackle-breaking ability, Sankey would fit that philosophy poorly.
Mar 4 - 2:19 PM

The Nashville Tennessean's Jim Wyatt believes it's "too early" to call 2014 second-round pick Bishop Sankey a bust, but conceded Sankey was "underwhelming" as a rookie.

Sankey entered the NFL with an elite combination of measurables and college stats, but his sluggish Washington tape provided forewarning. He doesn't run with much burst and isn't a tackle breaker, and he needs a ton of work in the pass game. Sankey finished his rookie year with a 3.74 YPC average on 152 carries, just 18 catches, and two lost fumbles. Sankey won't turn 23 until next September, but it's fair to be skeptical about his ability to be an NFL feature back.
Jan 5 - 4:55 PM

Bishop Sankey rushed four times for 18 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Colts.

It's a fitting end to a miserable rookie season for Sankey. Flashing none of the wiggle or burst he showed at Washington, Sankey posted 152 carries for 569 yards (3.74 YPC) and two touchdowns in 16 games. Along the way, he took criticism from coaches for poor footwork/pass protection, lost short yardage work to inept Shonn Greene and lost pass-game work to the likes of Leon Washington/Dexter McCluster. In short, the Titans likely regret making Sankey the first running back off the board at 54th overall last May.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 04:39:00 PM

Titans RBs coach Sylvester Croom said Bishop Sankey "does a pretty good job physically pass-blocking, but has been inconsistent with "assignments and recognizing defenses."

The Titans coaches have had a lot of problems with Sankey this year, ranging from "footwork" to blocking. He has lost goal-line work to Shonn Greene and pass-down reps to both Leon Washington and Dexter McCluster. It's resulted in 148-551-2 (3.72 YPC) for Sankey, who was the first running back off the board in May's draft.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 10:28:00 AM

Bishop Sankey rushed 14 times for 44 yards in the Titans' Week 16 loss to the Jaguars.

He added a nine-yard reception. One week after coach Ken Whisenhunt decided to let Shonn Greene get his "revenge" against the Jets, Sankey was reinstalled as the chairman of Tennessee's committee, but was again unimpressive. Sankey showed speed, but no wiggle, running right into defenders and then getting taken down. He averaged a mere 3.1 yards per carry, and has surpassed 4.0 just once in his past 11 games. Sankey has elite measurables, but they've yet to translate to on-field success.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 11:34:00 PM

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Bishop Sankey is not in the doghouse despite getting out-touched 17-4 by Shonn Greene in Week 15.

Whisenhunt made the infamous "Revenge Narrative" a real thing against the Jets. "I felt he had some extra motivation going against one of his former teams. ... Sometimes you have to get that feeling and go with it," Whiz said. Sankey has been thoroughly unimpressive as a rookie, but giving a borderline NFL talent like Greene the work on a 2-12 team is inexcusable. The nation will be forced to watch the Titans when they play on Thursday night at Jacksonville.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Bishop Sankey rushed three times for eight yards and caught one pass for 18 yards Week 15 against the Jets.

Sankey had one touch after the first quarter as Shonn Greene dominated the work against his former team. There is a chance Greene's Week 15 workload was simply an anomaly, but Sankey has not been playing well enough to warrant fantasy consideration even when his touches were secure. He is not worth owning in redraft leagues.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 08:00:00 PM

Bishop Sankey rushed for 25 yards on nine carries in the Titans' Week 14 loss to the Giants.

The Titans got demolished, and it started early, leaving Tennessee in pass-happy mode. Sankey caught one pass for two yards. He handled 9 of the 11 carries in the Titans' backfield, but it's gotten to the point where none of the team's backs are even worth considering in the deepest of leagues. The Titans host the Jets in Week 15. Leave Sankey alone on the waiver wire.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 04:41:00 PM

Bishop Sankey managed 42 yards on ten carries in the Titans' Week 13 loss to the Texans.

He wasn't involved in the passing game, where Dexter McCluster and Leon Washington combined for three receptions. Sankey has settled in as a low-end flex option week to week. He does get a weak Giants run defense in Week 14.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 04:14:00 PM