Tennessee's second-year runner -- and the first back taken in 2014 -- finished with just 569 yards and never topped 61 yards in a game. Greg Cosell of NFL Films argued in March that Sankey would have fallen "well down the list" at his position were he drafted, instead, in 2015.
"I'm happy with how it went, regardless, in spite of our record and everything," Sankey said, per Jason Wolf of the Tennessean. "This year I feel good, I feel confident and I feel like I've grown a lot from my rookie year."
Sankey looked better this preseason, showing improved vision and quickness. He was more decisive, but that doesn't alter the outlook for a muddled Titans backfield that could change its workhorse weekly.
After trading for another enigma in Terrance West, the picture grows even cloudier. West outgained Sankey as a rookie in Cleveland and will battle for snaps alongside short-yardage hammer Antonio Andrews and passing-down back Dexter McCluster. Don't forget that promising rookie David Cobb is also set to return midseason from IR Boomerang.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt clarified that he plans to mix and match his runners until he finds a pleasing combination. For now, though, Tennessee's backfield has too many cooks boiling up a stew bound to drive fantasy owners to a dark place.