The Tennessee Titans will go into their week three NFL preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs without rookie running back David Cobb on Friday night. Cobb reportedly suffered a calf injury during practice and will not travel with the team.
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) August 28, 2015
The injury couldn’t come at a worse time, as Cobb was in a dead heat with second-year rusher Bishop Sankey for Tennessee’s starting running back job. After vastly out-performing Sankey in the team’s first preseason game, Cobb regressed slightly and gave way to an impressive performance by Sankey in week two. With the starting unit playing a good chunk of Friday night’s preseason contest and Sankey being the main man in the offensive backfield, the job could suddenly be his to lose.
Sankey has had major problems with the fundamentals of being an NFL running back, as he’s been criticized for poor footwork, inconsistent blocking technique and ball control issues. While Sankey certainly disappointed as a rookie in 2014 (just 3.7 yards per carry), he’s looked better recently and could be ready to take the starting gig for good. Sankey is still a tough sell in fantasy football leagues as a high upside player, but the Titans have admitted they remain open to using a feature back in their offense if someone grabs it and runs with it. That could very well finally be Sankey, who probably just needs a strong showing against the Chiefs to seal the position battle. Cobb still has some value in fantasy circles, but for now it looks like it will only be as a late-round flier. Sankey is oddly available one pick behind Cobb on average at the moment, easily making him the better pick later in fantasy football drafts.