Chiefs sign RB Sankey from Patriots practice squad
Sankey's never made it to the active roster in his brief Patriots tenure
The dreams of former second round pick Bishop Sankey rising from the ashes of the Patriots practice squad are no more, as the Kansas City Chiefs have signed the running back to their active roster.
The now 24 year old Sankey was the first running back off the board in the 2014 NFL Draft, but he failed to impress Titans brass in two seasons despite his status as a second round pick. The spring acquisitions of DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry made Sankey expendable in Tennessee, leading to his release at final cuts in August. The Patriots scooped him up on their practice squad, leaving fans to wonder if they could develop him into the player many thought he could be merely two years ago.
In fact, it surprised some fans when Tyler Gaffney was called up to active roster this past weekend over Sankey. Many speculated that Gaffney may have been called up simply because it would be easier to pass him through waivers than Sankey should the call-up eventually need to be sent back down to the practice squad.
Instead, Sankey remained on the practice squad, where he was eligible to be scooped up by Kansas City. With lead back Spencer Ware currently in the concussion protocol and Jamaal Charles experiencing setbacks in his comeback from a torn ACL, the run-first Chiefs were down to just third down back Charcandrick West entering this week's game against Jacksonville. He could see some carries this weekend if Ware and Charles remain sidelined.