The New England Patriots have an open spot on the practice squad after the Kansas City Chiefs signed RB Bishop Sankey to their active roster, per Sankey’s agent.
Congrats to @BishopSankey on signing with Kansas City! Great opportunity and very well deserved.— Jason Bernstein (@J_Bernstein) November 1, 2016
Sankey has spent the whole season on the Patriots practice squad after the Titan released him during final cut downs. Sankey was serving as back-up depth as the receiving back, but he trailed James White and D.J. Foster in the depth chart.
The inevitable return of Dion Lewis in the next two weeks pushes Sankey further down the list, so you can’t blame him for jumping ship and signing with the Chiefs. It also doesn’t hurt that the Chiefs have to guarantee Sankey three weeks of salary in order to lure him away from the Patriots practice squad.
Sankey is the second Patriots practice squadder to be signed away, joining Colts WR Devin Street (Street has one catch for 20 yards over 6 games).
The Patriots will probably send RB Tyler Gaffney back down to the practice squad in the coming weeks, so it’s not like the team needs another running back. There’s a real chance that D.J. Foster might be released to make space for Lewis, too, because the Patriots are shallow at tight end and linebacker.
Congratulations to Sankey. Best of luck with the Chiefs.