Could Sankey be offensive rookie of year?

June, 16, 2014
Jun 16
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The Tennessee Titans had their choice of every running back in the NFL draft, and their selection was Bishop Sankey.

As they move into life after Chris Johnson, they wanted a guy who they felt was an all-around back, even as they have other guys they will feature at times and in certain matchups.

I fully expect Sankey will wind up with the most touches even as Shonn Greene (with Jackie Battle as an alternate rugged back) and Dexter McCluster (with Leon Washington behind him) get work.

Rob Rang of CBS Sports is very high on Sankey, going so far as to suggest he could wind up the top offensive rookie in the class of 2014.
“I expect Sankey to take over as the lead back in Tennessee early and ultimately enjoy a similar rookie season as the back I compared him to in January -- Giovani Bernard. Registering 1,209 all-purpose yards, eight touchdowns and helping push his squad into the playoffs (as Bernard did last year for the Bengals) would put Sankey in the running as the Offensive Rookie of the Year. Given his pro-ready game and mentality, Sankey may, in fact, be the favorite heading into the season for this award."

If the Titans get that sort of production from their second-round draft pick, they’ll be ecstatic. And it’ll say a lot for their potential to make big improvements from the 7-9 2013 season that resulted in a coaching overhaul.

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ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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