While it was a necessary move in the offseason for the team, the Tennessee Titans knew they suffered a major loss by cutting running back Chris Johnson after six seasons. Needing a replacement, they drafted former Washington Huskies star Bishop Sankey in the second round back in May, hoping that he can fill the shoes of Johnson as best as he could.
Well if the first preseason game the team played last weekend against the Packers was any indication, they might be headed in the direction of being just fine.
In the time that he saw on the field, Sankey rushed the ball 13 times for 37 yards, and he also scored a receiving touchdown from five yards out. He certainly left a lasting impression on veteran wide receiver Nate Washington, that’s for sure.
“To say he has huge shoes to fill, we can’t put that all on him with C.J. leaving,” Washington said. “This offense has to do it collectively, and make the splash plays that C.J. made. But we believe in him, and what we have seen so far, we like what we see.”
There’s a long way to go yet to see whether or not Sankey can end up being as valuable as Johnson was for this team, but he got off to a good start.