The Titans drafted RB Bishop Sankey, a University of Washington product, in the second round (No. 54 overall) of this year’s NFL Draft. He’s listed as the No. 2 running back on the depth chart, behind starter Shonn Greene, but the pecking order might be in flux.
“He has done a nice job the last couple of weeks doing the things we asked him to do as far as details of his assignment,” HC Ken Whisenhunt said of Sankey during a conference call. “He has therefore earned more opportunities, so he’s playing well for us.”
The 5-foot-10, 209-pound Sankey, the first running back drafted this year, worried Whisenhunt with his footwork earlier this season, though he has improved.
“We’ve had some issues where it’s close on the exchanges because he’s been too wide or he hasn’t done the proper footwork — you know, some of the little details — because he’s more worried about protection or vision of the hole,” Whisenhunt said. “You have to make sure you’re really focused on executing those little things exactly right because when you’re taking the ball from the quarterback, you can’t afford to have it on the ground."
We heard a lot about Sankey's footwork being the issue preventing him from more touches. However, it looks like he's improved on that enough to finally earn more work. Hopefully for those who drafted him they were able to save a roster spot. We felt it was only a matter of time, however, it probably took a little longer than owners planned to get to this point. Sankey is expected to be used early and often against the Browns this week in a good matchup. If you have other options and can afford to wait and see how this plays out, it's probably the way to go. But for those those with bye and injury issues, Sankey at least appears like he's going to get a big enough workload in a friendly matchup.