We continue our Chiefs Rookie Recap series, featuring my conversations with each of the team’s eight 2013 draft choices, in order, addressing a summary of their OTA and minicamp experiences, expectations for this season and more.
The Kansas City Chiefs selected Arkansas Razorbacks RB Knile Davis with their second of two third-round picks of the 2013 NFL Draft in April (96th overall). The power and speed Davis possesses, demonstrated during the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, running a 4.37-second 40-yard dash and bench pressing 225 pounds 31 times, was just the start of what Davis trusts will be a memorable rookie campaign. After one of the team’s offseason practices, Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub spoke about Davis’ abilities as a return man.
Following the team’s 2013 offseason training program, Davis took some time to describe his past couple of months, addressing a wide range of topics.
One of the defects for the past several Kansas City Chiefs teams was their lack of a quality back-up quarterback (or a quality starting quarterback back either, for that matter). The Chiefs have rostered the likes of Tyler Thigpen, Brodie Croyle, Brady Quinn, Tyler Palko, Matt Gutierrez, and Quinn Gray, and all of these are just since 2008. None inspired much confidence.
The new Chiefs regime under General Manager John Dorsey and Head Coach went right out and signed a quarterback to be the back-up, former Missouri Tiger, Chase Daniel. The interesting fact about Chase Daniel is that is has never started a game in the NFL.
ERIC WINSTON – Now who wouldn’t want an experienced offensive tackle with plenty of gas left in the tank? Winston was a victim of circumstance when the Kansas City Chiefs released him and later plucked offensive tackle Eric Fisher with the No. 1 pick in April’s draft. Winston was let go by the Chiefs less than one year after he signed a four-year, $22 million contract as a free agent. Winston is arguably the best available tackle on the market and should be employed by a team before training camp begins. Other notable offensive lineman still available are Jeff Otah, Jammal Brown, Winston Justice, Vince Manuwai and Leonard Davis. Davis, though, could be headed toward retirement.
“I think he is. He’s got a great arm,” Charles told Around The League. “He’s been winning most all of his career. I think he wants to prove people wrong: That he is a good quarterback, that he can stay consistent.”
He led the San Francisco 49ers to an NFC game, a season later Smith’s 49ers made it to the Super Bowl but with Colin Kaepernick at the helm. While Smith made it to the Super Bowl, he didn’t get to play.
“It probably hurt him,” Charles said, “because he probably felt like everybody forgot about him because of the Kaepernick situation and being a backup. Making it to the Super Bowl but not playing in the Super Bowl. Everybody wants to play in the Super Bowl. So, I think he’s got a lot to prove and he’s a Super Bowl quarterback … with the passion to go out and prove people wrong.”