FOXBORO -- The Patriots have added some depth to their running-back position by way of the practice squad.
According to ESPN, the team has signed former Titans running back Bishop Sankey to one of their 10 open practice-squad spots. Sankey, a second-round pick in 2014 out of the University of Washington, was released by Tennessee as it trimmed its roster to 53 players this week.
Sankey, who will turn 24 later this month, measures in at 5-foot-10, 209 pounds. In 29 games over two seasons, he has carried 199 times for 762 yards (a 3.8 yards-per-carry average) and three touchdowns. He has also caught 32 passes on 45 targets for 272 yards (8.5 yards-per-catch) and one touchdown. In New England's offense, given his size and skill set, he figures to be insurance at the team's "sub back" spot behind James White and DJ Foster -- both of whom are on the 53-man roster.
The Patriots have lead "big back" LeGarrette Blount on the roster as well as special-teamer Brandon Bolden. They could add yet another body to their practice squad before the end of the day on Sunday if they feel the need to establish more depth at the position.
Dion Lewis, who when healthy could factor in as the team's top option as its pass-catching back, will be on the reserve/physically unable to perform list for at least the first six weeks of the regular season.