Bishop Sankey didn’t show the Tennessee Titans much as a rookie in 2014. The former Washington running back was the first running back off the board in the 2014 NFL Draft, yet he struggled immensely with fundamentals, ranging from footwork to catching and blocking. A supposed project at this point, the Titans were wise to bring in rookie rusher David Cobb to push their second-year running back.
While Cobb was brought in to compete, early indications are that Sankey is going to be given every chance to keep his starting job. As it stands, the Titans expect Sankey to improve over the next month and hold onto the starting gig come week one.
Titans fans and fantasy football league managers will have to hope not. Cobb is a natural runner who has Sankey beat in several areas, while he’s already way ahead of him in the fundamentals department (not that it appears difficult at this point). Sankey isn’t without any value heading into 2015, as it’s always possible he figures things out and develops rapidly. The odds have to be against him, though, and with Tennessee trying to get better and help rookie franchise passer Marcus Mariots, they’re unlikely to risk stunting his growth with a lead back that isn’t capable of fulfilling all of his duties.
That should have Cobb as the lead back before long, and considering Cobb is falling far in fantasy football drafts, it could easily make the rookie rusher one of the top fantasy sleepers this year.