Rookie blues: Sankey, Freeman buried on depth chart


Rookie running backs Bishop Sankey and Devonta Freeman have a lot in common. They are both known for their receiving skills, and they are both getting drafted too high in fantasy leagues.

They also both stayed mostly on the bench while starters were on the field during the Tennessee Titans' 24-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night.

Sankey hasn't taken a single snap in three games when Titans starting quarterback Jake Locker is on the field. Shonn Greene, Dexter McCluster and Leon Washington are all getting snaps ahead of Sankey. For the third consecutive game, Sankey did not show off any special traits. He wound up with 16 carries for 44 yards and a touchdown. We'd be surprised if he had much of a role on the Titans' offense early in the season.

Freeman's story is different. His explosive running skills and good hands have been on display throughout the preseason, but he has barely been on the field with the Falcons' starters. Even with Steven Jackson still injured, Freeman was clearly third on the depth chart Saturday behind Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith. Rodgers had 13 first half touches; Freeman had none.

Freeman caught four passes in the second half, and we expect him to pass Smith on the depth chart shortly. But Rodgers isn't going anywhere, whether fantasy leaguers like it or not. Freeman is only going to be a part of a rotation if he's lucky, like a lot of rookie running backs out there.

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