Rookie Bishop Sankey comes in already as the lead running back on the roster. His balanced game offers a lot of value to the Titans, which is why they took him as the first running back selected in the 2014 draft.
Expectations need to be managed for Sankey in his rookie season, but he will likely get plenty of opportunities to put up strong numbers from the start.
Sankey is currently missing some time in OTAs to finish classes at the University of Washington. You would prefer to not see Sankey missing valuable learning opportunities in OTAs, but it's also good to see a young player with solid intangibles.
Will Lomas of Music City Miracles says that Sankey has been picked by many as one of the favorites for the league's Rookie of the Year honors. The Titans haven't been able to say that before the start of a season since Johnson rushed for over 1,200 yards in his first year back in 2008.
Sankey is the complete package. He can obviously run the football, but he'll be valuable as a receiver as well. That's something that is vital to the success of quarterback Jake Locker.
A smooth transition to the NFL for Sankey will make forgetting about Johnson all the easier for Titans fans.