The Patriots got a little busy this labor day weekend. Final roster cuts were due by Saturday at four o’clock. After making the 53-man roster New England started making up the practice squad. The Patriots acquired Bishop Sankey and have added him to the practice squad (for now). So who is Bishop Sankey, and what does he bring to the table for New England?
Bishop Sankey 5’10, 209 pounds, 23 years old. Sankey went to the University of Washington for three seasons. His junior and senior seasons he has had over one thousand yards rushing, 5.5 yards per carry. Also he had 16 rushing touchdowns, and had 20 his senior season. He was also used as a receiving back where he caught 33 passes, and 249 yards his junior season and 28 passes, 304 yards, and one touchdown his senior season. 2014 he was drafted in the second round picked 22nd(54th overall) by the Tennessee Titans. Kevin Duffy’s article on Bishop Sankey, mentions Sankey was drafted ahead of notable running backs such as: Jeremey Hill, Carlos Hyde, Jerrick McKinnon, Devonta Freeman and others.
In Tennessee Bishop was a productive running back. His rookie year Sankey averaged 3.7 yards a carry with a nice workload of 152 attempts along with two touchdowns. Tennessee took notice to his ability in the passing game, he had 18 receptions, for 133 yard.Then his sophomore season his work load decrease with David Cobb and Marcus Mariota’s scrambling ability. Bishop had 47 carries, 193 yards, averaging four yards a carry with one touchdown. As for receptions he had 14 receptions for 139 yards .Fast forward to the offseason, the Eagles traded DeMarco Murray to the Tennessee Titans, then took the Heisman trophy winner Derrick Henry. Those additions make for a crowded backfield which lead to his release.
Bishop had an okay tenure with the Titans and has shown he can be a productive player. Like I previously stated the backfield was too crowded for him, which lead to his release. New England at this point in time are giving guys an opportunity to see what they can do. I will also go back to Kevin’s article, he believes Bishop is not the receiving back like Lewis, White, or Foster. But he also is not a bruiser in between the tackles back like LeGarrette. After looking at his statistics and Kevin’s article he is a guy that is a good mixture of both.
So Bishop is in New England for running back depth, he could also see time on the field. Dion is on the mend, and we don’t have a clear picture of how LeGarrette will do this season. If LeGarrette preforms well and stays healthy then Sankey could be going else where. However if LeGarrette is not preforming to expectations and gets hurt. Bring on Bishop Sankey. I would also like to mention LeGarrette is on a one year deal and is approaching 30 years of age. Sankey is 23 and is only getting into his 3rd season. This season could be the last of LeGarrette in New England and the beginning of Bishop if things were to play out in Bishop’s favor and he preforms well.
For Kevin’s article on Bishop Sankey.