Tennessee Titans: Can Bishop Sankey Carry the Load?


The Tennessee Titans rushing attack in 2014 was bad, actually it was very bad. The Titans finished with the 26th ranked rushing attack in the NFL last season.

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When the Titans drafted Bishop Sankey in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft he was expected to become the featured back in the Music City. Once the regular season began however Titans fans quickly realized that Sankey may not live up to his high expectations right away. Instead of being the featured back Sankey split carries with Shonn Green and finished his rookie campaign with only 569 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Coming into the 2015-2016 season the attention is once again on Sankey however this time the focus is on if he can become a quality starting running back. The Titans released Shonn Green this summer leaving the starting duties to Sankey heading into camp.

During the NFL Draft the Titans selected Minnesota running back David Cobb in the 5th round and Alabama’s Jalston Fowler, but both backs are inexperienced leaving Sankey, Dexter McCluster, and Antonio Andrews as the only returning running backs.

With rookie a quarterback in Marcus Mariota taking the snaps this season it is extremely important for the Titans to improve their rushing attack to help relieve pressure from Mariota.

Bishop Sankey has the vision and agility to become a productive back but he will somehow need to put the complete package together this season if the Tennessee Titans want realistic shot at making a playoff push. If Sankey fails to impress during the pre-season then David Cobb might be the only other viable option to start the season at running back.

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