May 12, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Knile Davis (35) runs drills during the rookie mini camp at the University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Knile Davis Chiefs’ Top Kick Returner


The Kansas City Chiefs are still early on in the process but according to special teams coach Dave Taub, RB Knile Davis is currently his top option to return kicks.

Taub says Quintin Demps us No. 2 and that WR Dexter McCluster is currently the favorite to return punts.

On May 20th I wrote an article taking a look at some of the candidates to return kicks and punts for the Chiefs this season.

Davis and McCluster were two of the players I singled out:

Knile Davis:

Davis is the new kid on the block. The Chiefs took him in the third round of the draft so they obviously think they will be able to use Davis effectively.

But how?

Drafting a RB that high seems to indicate that Andy Reid was less than thrilled with what he saw on tape from the backup RBs in 2012. Davis certainly has the speed to return the ball but considering his injury and fumbling issues, Reid may want to avoid putting Davis in the return game.

Dexter McCluster:

It seems like every season there is a mystery to just how McCluster will be used. He is the man who last returned a punt for a TD for the Chiefs but that was back in 2010. McCluster faces the same problems as Wylie as a return man. He’s fast but small.

McCluster’s roll on special teams could be determined by just how effective he is as a receiver/gadget man in Reid’s offense.

For Demps, making the team could depend on his ability to return kicks. He was a fourth-round pick of the Eagles back in 2008. He returned kicks in Philly but was eventually cut in 2010. He spent time with the Texans before being signed by the Chiefs.

KC just signed Demps on May 22nd so he is making the most of his opportunity. If he can show some promise as depth at the safety position he could be a surprise roster addition in 2013.

Tags: Dexter McCluster Kansas City Chiefs Knile Davis Quintin Demps

  • Carlos Nevarez

    I believe in The Knile.

    • Jared Watson

      Puns are the lowest form of humor, even though you might be in Deknile about it.

      • Jim Harper

        Bazinga!

      • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

        Amazing.

  • P Heitman

    Might not be the guy in the end, but…4.37. That’s fast.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      It’s not always straight line speed that makes for a good returnman though. That’s why I don’t think Davis will ultimately win the job. You need the ability to change direction quickly (McCluster does this well). Wylie’s probably better in that category as well.

      • P Heitman

        I agree. I don’t think Davis is known as a straight-line guy though, is he?

        I can only think of one guy who had absolutely no change of direction skills, but was a great kick returner and that was one Tamarack Vanover. Took him like 30 yards to get to top speed but if he GOT 30 yards, he’d get a hundo lol.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          He’s not purely straight line, he’s a little shifty, but he loses speed changing directions (if memory serves).

          • P Heitman

            You know better than I do on this one. I’ve watched YouTube videos on the guy, but watched absolutely ZERO Arkansas.

            Check out the moves on Vanover in this video, btw….(hint: he doesn’t have any)

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I can’t at all claim to be an expert on Davis. I haven’t seen him play much. I’ve watched a bunch of videos and read quite a few scouting reports though. Arenas wasn’t very shifty either, but he did have good vision and he was decisive with the ball in his hands. McCluster can change direction quickly, but he’s indecisive. I wonder about his field vision too. That’s just as important as having “moves.” Make your mind up… Get up field.

  • Calchiefsfan

    What happened to Wylie?

    • Travis Forsyth

      that’s what I’m wondering…

      • Calchiefsfan

        Didn’t he nearly break a couple of them last year if it hadn’t been for crummy blocking?

        • http://twitter.com/shaytron shayaan

          he shows flashes once the ball is in his hands, but he isn’t reliable or confident enough yet catching it, either as a returner or receiver.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      I worry Wylie may have trouble making the team. With Bowe, Baldwin, McCluster and Avery, there isn’t a ton of room for another guy like Wylie, who is essentially a McCluster clone. But Reid does like smaller quick guys.

      • Richard Comstock

        While i agree with you about being worried about Wylie. I dont think its fair to compare him to DEX. Truth be told he is MUCH faster then DEX. We really have yet to see ANYTHING from Wylie but that comes from having bad qbs and him being hurt. We should go into the season with AT LEAST 5 wrs and you named 4 that are SURE to make the team so we will see…

        Speaking of Davis having fumbling issues. I get scared any time Dex is back there to catch a kick. I don’t know why but I have come to expect him to mess up back there somehow.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        I tend to agree. If he doesn’t beat Davis out to return punts and kicks, he could be in real trouble.

      • KCMikeG

        I think they should roster McCluster as a RB. Charles, Davis, Gray & Dex – really like that idea. That makes room for us to keep another prospect like Wylie, Hemingway, Bellamy, Newsome, Gilyard or Hammond at WR.

  • Jim Harper

    It is entirely too early to speculate. We have yet to see if his fumbling issues are over.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      I dunno that it is speculation. Coachs says these guys are his top two right now.

    • KCMikeG

      Any chance that Wylie has a minor injury holding him back? He was very good at returning kicks in college.

      • Jim Harper

        Anything is possible. He also had some success at the end of last year.

  • ArrowFan

    With the new kick off location that started last year most returns are either out the back of the end zone or downed. Sop there are less opportunities for returns now, unless the apposing kicker can’t kick deep. I still think the touch back should put the ball on the 30 or at least the 25 that way team would try and land the ball inside the 5 instead of just kicking out the back of the end zone. I don’t care who gets the return job as long as they run one or two into the other end zone.