Capable of playing on all three downs, RB Bishop Sankey should have an opportunity in New England. The Pats are set with their pass-catching backs in James White and undrafted rookie D.J. Foster, but they have virtually no depth behind LeGarrette Blount. If Blount gets off to a slow start, or if injuries hit, Sankey could find himself on the team's 53-man roster.
Even the return of Dion Lewis won't add depth behind Blount. We've seen reports the team is trying to turn White into more of a dual threat - a back to catch passes but also run the ball. Especially without QB Tom Brady for four games, the Pats would rather not show their hand as far as pass or run is concerned based on what RB is in the backfield.
The New England Patriots stashed the top running back selected in the 2014 draft on their practice squad.
The Pats signed Bishop Sankey to their practice squad Sunday after the tailback cleared waivers, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
Sankey was cut by the Tennessee Titans over the weekend after two lackluster seasons. The 23-year-old back earned 762 yards rushing on 199 carries (3.8 yards per tote) and 272 receiving yards on 32 receptions.
Sankey has good measurables and had a great career at Washington, so there's a good chance that another team scoops him up. Hunter is also a good athlete, and he has great size, but he just couldn't get it going consistently in Tennessee. Sometimes a change of scenery can make all the difference in the world.
And as the 2015 season comes to a close, Sankey said on Monday he wants coaches to believe in him, too. Sankey acknowledged his second NFL has been tough, but said he’s tried to stay resilient during a year when he failed to get a carry in eight games, several times because he was inactive.
“I feel like at times I lost faith in the coaches here, and I have been trying to do everything I can to gain it back,’’ Sankey said. “Since then I have been doing everything I can to try and gain it back and try and make a statement when I am out there on the field.
“It hasn’t hurt my confidence. I know I am a good player, a good running back, and I just have to keep working and maintain the same approach each day and try and earn the trust back of the coaches.”
Titans interim coach Mike Mularkey said on Monday the plan is for Sankey to be more involved in the season finale against the Colts on Sunday. With 30 snaps, Sankey led all running backs in snaps in the team’s 34-6 loss to the Texans. He got the majority of his work in the second half, after running back Antonio Andrews saw his playing time take a hit because of a pair of turnovers, the story said.