The Tennessee Titans, now that Chris Johnson is out of the fold, are set to start a new era at running back this season under new head coach Ken Whisenhunt. They helped that cause this past May in the NFL Draft by drafting one of the most prolific backs in the Pac-12 over the past few seasons, Washington running back Bishop Sankey.
Sankey is now added to a stable of running backs that includes Dexter McCluster, Shonn Greene, Leon Washington and a few others. But according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, while the team will still use the running back by committee approach this season, Sankey should be the one that will offer up the most production.
Bishop Sankey vs. Dexter McCluster. My thinking right now is Sankey will be the busiest back this season in terms of carries and production, even though the Titans plan on using a running back by committee approach. He did miss most of the offseason work because of school commitments, however. McCluster, meanwhile, has to prove he’s more than a specialty back most valuable on third down.
Last season at Washington, Sankey was one of the most dynamic backs, not just in the Pac-12, but in the entire nation as he rushed for 1,870 yards and 20 touchdowns.
But he brings something to the table that Whisenhunt loves in his offense, and that’s versatility. In addition to the tremendous rushing numbers last season, Sankey also caught 28 balls for 304 yards and a score.
It would not be shocking to see the rookie as the lead back in Tennessee by mid-season.