The New England Patriots stashed the top running back selected in the 2014 draft on their practice squad.
The Pats signed Bishop Sankey to their practice squad Sunday after the tailback cleared waivers, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
Sankey was cut by the Tennessee Titans over the weekend after two lackluster seasons. The 23-year-old back earned 762 yards rushing on 199 carries (3.8 yards per tote) and 272 receiving yards on 32 receptions.
Each NFL team is allowed to carry 10 practice squad members.
Denver Broncos: Juwan Thompson, running back. Thompson played a big-back/fullback role in Denver the past two seasons, rushing 72 times for 320 yards. He's clearly familiar with Gary Kubiak's system and could get a call up if injuries strike C.J. Anderson, Devontae Booker, Kapri Bibbs or fullback Andy Janovich.
Minnesota Vikings: Moritz Boehringer, wide receiver. The darling of the NFL draft will get a chance to continue his NFL tutelage. A raw athlete lacking experience, the German needs the practice reps. Boehringer is the type of player the practice squad is meant for.
San Francisco 49ers: Marcus Rush, linebacker. Many were surprised Rush was cut after a standout preseason. The aptly-named Rush led the NFL in preseason sacks with six. After not being claimed on the waiver wire, the Michigan State product has a chance to prove to the 49ers staff the preseason wasn't a fluke. San Francisco also signed running back Kelvin Taylor, the son of Fred Taylor, to the practice squad, per Rapoport.
Chicago Bears: Daniel Braverman, wide receiver. Maybe you don't care about the undersized receiver from Western Michigan, but I love the guy. Braverman has good hands and can contribute in the passing game and on special teams. The Chicago Tribune reported the seventh-round pick will joining the Bears' practice squad. I'll continue to loudly root for Braverman to get a shot on an NFL roster. The dream lives on in Chicago.
Chicago Bears: Matt Barkley, quarterback. Barkley's journey continues. After falling in the 2013 draft, the fourth-round pick spent two years in Philadelphia and sat out all last year in Arizona. Barkley played well this preseason, particularly in the final tilt. His lack of arm strength and turnovers in preseason are a concern for the former USC product. For the Bears, he'll work behind Jay Cutler and Brian Hoyer. With the future uncertain under center in Chicago there are worse places to be for a young arm.