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Between The Posts: Was Sankey Good Enough In Year 1?

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Does the rookie runner have something to prove in 2015?

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Someone pointed out to me recently that last year's rookie running back, Bishop Sankey, has been getting some unfair criticism of late from fans. I did some homework and looked back at a majority of Sankey's 2014 carries, in order to get a better idea whether or not the critiques were warranted. There's no doubt that there is a lack of "splash" plays. Sankey was never able to turn on the jets and fly down the field for a big game-changing score.

That said, this was never his claim to fame. Many NFL fans have short memories, and were not too long ago bemoaning Chris Johnson's lack of snap-to-snap consistency, resolving that the negative plays weren't worth the occasional 60 yard run.

While I don't want to get into a debate about the artist formerly known as CJ2K, I do think that Sankey has something to prove as far as a play maker. Between the tackles, out wide, etc, he is a compact runner with excellent lateral mobility and vision. He may not wow you, but he will get positive yards on just about every carry, and that more than the big play, is a big deal for a team with a young QB. It's about keeping the offense on schedule.

Now, in 2014, the rest of the offense was off the rails, so any kind of "schedule-keeping" was largely irrelevant. But what are your thoughts on the matter? Did Sankey do enough his rookie year?