BOSTON (CBS) — Just as the Patriots made their final roster cuts to trim the roster down to the maximum 53 players, the team added another team’s castaway at a position of relative need. Former Tennessee Titans running back Bishop Sankey signed with the Patriots practice squad on Sunday, according to a tweet by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Titans had previously placed Sankey on waivers, where the running back went unclaimed.
Sankey, a former second-round pick out of Washington in 2014, has failed to live up to the hype of being the first running back taken off the board in his draft year. He’s managed just 12 starts in two seasons with the Titans, averaging 3.8 yards on 199 career carries.
Should he push for a spot on the Patriots roster, Sankey could back up LeGarrette Blount for early-down duties in the Patriots backfield. The Patriots cut running backs Tyler Gaffney and Joey Iosefa as part of their final cutdowns.
Among other practice squad moves, the Patriots also reportedly added defensive linemen Geneo Grissom, Rufus Johnson and Woodrow Hamilton, wide receiver Devin Lucien, and guard Chris Barker after cutting them, according to the players’ collective presence at Sunday’s practice.