Bill Belichick is at it again.
According the Adam Schefter, the New England Patriots have signed former Tennessee Titans running back Bishop Sankey.
Former Titans' RB Bishop Sankey, who went unclaimed on waivers, is signing with Patriots' practice squad, per… https://t.co/1WgFioTTHz
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 4, 2016
The 2014 second-round pick was released by the Titans on Friday. They drafted Heisman trophy winner Derrick Henry and signed 2014 NFL rushing leader Demarco Murray during the offseason. Those moves left no room in the backfield for Sankey.
Which led to his only logical destination, the New England Patriots.
He was signed out of necessity. The Patriots could be without Dion Lewis for at least two months because of injury, but the move is classic Belichick.
Getting production out of running backs their previous teams longer wanted is a staple of the Patriots offense. Danny Woodhead was featured throughout most of the New York Jets 2010 appearance on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”
Woodhead was cut by the Jets only to end up on the Patriots. Instead of being featured on a TV show, he was featured in an offense. He signed with the San Diego Chargers last season and got $3 million guaranteed.
LeGarrette Blount was considered a troublemaker coming out of the University of Oregon.
He was suspended in college for punching an opposing player after a game on live television. The talented back went undrafted in 2010 and was later cut from the Titans.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers pick him up and got a 1,000 yard season out of him before trading him to the Patriots for a second-round pick in 2013.
Blount was very productive with the Patriots, and in 2014 he signed a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. After getting in trouble and eventually leaving a game early in Pittsburgh, he went back to the Patriots later that season.
His production helped get New England its first championship since the 2004 season.