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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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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

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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

Bishop Sankey suffered a stinger in the Titans' Week 12 loss to Philadelphia.

Sankey suffered the injury on a lost fumble. He returned to the game and should be all systems go for Sunday's Week 13 clash with the Texans.
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 04:39:00 PM

Bishop Sankey rushed 10 times for 37 yards and caught two passes for 14 yards in Sunday's Week 12 loss at Philadelphia.

There are a lot of problems with Sankey right now. First of all, he's not showing any quickness through the hole or an ability to make defenders miss in tight spaces -- as evidenced by zero games over 4.0 YPC since Week 4. He also lost a weak fumble Sunday as Benny Logan stripped him. And finally, Sankey is losing all goal-line work to Shonn Greene and pass-down work to Dexter McCluster. Sankey would be a weak play at Houston in Week 13.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 05:17:00 PM

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt was impressed with Bishop Sankey's running in Monday's loss even though he managed only 38 yards on 11 carries (3.45 YPC).

"I thought he was physical, I thought he was decisive, he was better with his reads," Whisenhunt said. "Those are things where you’ve seen improvement." Whiz was slow to come around on his rookie back, but has now made a habit of defending him even in the face of mediocre performances. Sankey is averaging just 3.87 yards per carry, and has yet to surpass 61 yards on the ground. He'll be a mid-range FLEX option for Sunday's game against the Eagles.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 07:35:00 PM

Bishop Sankey rushed for 38 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries in the Titans' Week 11 loss to the Steelers on Monday night.

He added one catch for seven yards. Sankey rumbled in for an eight-yard touchdown on the Titans' second possession following a first-play pick-six from Zach Mettenberger. Sankey broke at least two tackles on the play, looking like he could potentially be in for a solid night. However, coach Ken Whisenhunt mind-bogglingly refused to give his rookie touches, instead leaning on Mettenberger, who had a fine night. But Sankey needs to be used more. At this point, he's a low-end RB2 with the Eagles up next on the schedule in Week 12.
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 11:41:00 PM

Coach Ken Whisenhunt blamed the offensive line for Bishop Sankey's meager production in Sunday's loss at Baltimore.

Sankey rushed 17 times for just 58 yards, dropping his season YPC to 3.91. "He started off running the ball really well, but we didn't do as great a job blocking for him as it progressed," Whisenhunt said while adding that Sankey will not be adding third-down duties to his workload. The entire Titans offense projects to fare much better this week, as they host the Steelers on Monday night. Sankey will be a reasonable flex play as the clear-cut early-down workhorse against a bad defense that again will be without Troy Polamalu and Ryan Shazier. Shonn Greene was benched for fumbling last week.
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 12:18:00 PM

Bishop Sankey rushed 17 times for 58 yards and caught three balls for 19 yards in the Titans' Week 10 loss to the Ravens.

Shonn Greene was benched after an early goal-line fumble, and Dexter McCluster suffered a knee injury, never to return. So Sankey was largely an every-down back against Baltimore, and showed some chain-moving ability while handling 20 touches as coach Ken Whisenhunt called a brutally conservative game. Sankey is a solid prospect, but isn't quite as quick as he was billed to be coming out of the University of Washington, and doesn't run with much power. He runs like a less-aggressive Knowshon Moreno. Sankey will continue to be an underwhelming flex option when the Titans take on the Steelers in Week 11.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 04:20:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Zach Mettenberger
2Charlie Whitehurst
3Alex Tanney
RB1Bishop Sankey
2Shonn Greene
3Dexter McCluster
4Antonio Andrews
5Lache Seastrunk
GLB1Shonn Greene
2Bishop Sankey
3RB1Dexter McCluster
2Bishop Sankey
WR11Kendall Wright
2Rico Richardson
3Josh Stewart
WR21Justin Hunter
2Kris Durham
3Jacoby Ford
4Clyde Gates
WR31Kris Durham
TE1Delanie Walker
2Craig Stevens
3Taylor Thompson
4Brett Brackett
5Dorin Dickerson