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Knile Davis Could Benefit From More Reps Against Chargers

Coming out of Arkansas, Kansas City Chiefs’ rookie running back Knile Davis was known for more then his unique mixture of size and speed.

He was known for fumbling the football.

Davis has managed to tame his problem for the most of the season, but it came back to bite him in a crucial moment of last week’s 23-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Hanging onto a 7-3 lead in the second quarter, Davis took an Alex Smith handoff up the middle where he was met by veteran defensive end Robert Mathis. Davis, holding onto the ball loosely, fumbled upon impact and turned the ball over. A 33-yard Andrew Luck screen pass to Donald Brown gave the Colts the lead, and all the momentum.

“I didn’t have two hands on it,” Davis told reporters after the game.

Davis, who has 43 carries for 161 yards and two touchdowns on the season, hasn’t had the benefit of a lot of carries while backing up Jamaal Charles. That could change against San Diego.

With nothing to play for, in regard to playoff position, against the Chargers, head coach Andy Reid has said that there’s a possibility of repetitions being split between the starters and their backups. Following his performance against the Colts, this could be Davis’s chance to utilize his exceptional size and speed in an enlarged role in the final regular season came of the year.

“When I get my opportunity, I’ll be better next week,” Davis told Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star.

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Playing against the Chargers rush defense is an opportunity in itself for Davis to make his mark. While ranked 10th in total rush defense, the Chargers average a whopping 4.7 yards per carry. With an increased amount of carries, Davis should see a lot more chances to break through the San Diego defense and show the blazing speed that people witnessed when he was a Razorback last year.

Heading into the playoffs, wear and tear can set in with players–especially running backs. The final matchup with the Chargers might also be Davis’s shot to prove that he can be a viable, and responsible, backup to Charles.

Charles currently has 259 carries on the season, just 26 rushes away from tying the most in his career (2012). This kind of production, just two years after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee, is worrisome for any player, let alone a team’s most valuable player.

Should Davis turn in a quality performance against San Diego, he will vault himself into consideration for more carries throughout the playoff run.




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  • DoubleD

    100% agree with this.

  • unclejesse40

    So I just read an article about Chris Johnson and his unwillingness to take a pay cut, which will more than likely end his career in Tennessee. Does anyone think it would be a wise move to bring him in during the off season for around 4 million a year in order to spell Charles. I can’t even begin to imagine the crazy things that Reid could do with both of those guys in the backfield. Plus it could prolong both of their careers. Would that be money well spent or not?

    • spencer

      We have Kniles Davis??? why waste money on a 3rd running back who is out of his prime and when we are in no position to pay for players that we don’t need (cap due to Dorsey’s offseason pickups is hurting us quite a bit) …So no, it wouldn’t be well spent, Davis has AP like athleticism, his issues were his ankles and ball handling…other players with bad ball handling in their careers??? most noticeably AP and Tiki Barber, both were/are considered great ball handlers now…his ankles are holding up and one offseason of carrying a 20 lb purple football (what AP did) and he will be all good IMO…side note: the football should be red…but maybe he can borrow AP Purple one.

    • Davé

      Chris Johnson is washed up. I always thought it funny that people said he and Arian Foster were better than Jamaal Charles. If you do have any indication he can play well sure give him the contract of Chase (I can’t play for shit) Daniels.

  • Davé

    Can you imagine the kid fumbling in a playoff game? Disaster. He needs a lot of snaps in this San Diego game to get his head right. Which will happen because I doubt Charles plays more than one series.

    • KCMikeG

      Makes me sick just to think about that happening. I don’t trust him in the playoffs. Twice he puts on the ground last week and there was another kick return he was loosing his grip and almost fumbled during the return. I would rather see Cyrus Gray get the ball.

    • sidibeke

      I don’t think you use him in the playoffs except to run kicks back maybe. But, if Charles goes down, even for a short time, we may need him, and the reps should help everyone’s confidence level.

  • tm1946

    Knile fumbled his way thru college, he is fumbling in the pros…..The Chiefs are a pro team, why would they plan on Knile being something he is not.

    • sidibeke

      Good lord. Does that mean I’m the same professional today as I was a student in college? Terrifying thought.

  • Chris Tarrants

    Davis will be fine, he is a pro now and will undoubtedly be working on ball security for the next few years. Everybody fumbles, Charles fumbles too but the electric scoreboard changing plays far exceed the value of a few fumbles. Give this kid a chance guys because he is still a rookie!

  • sidibeke

    I would be surprised and disappointed if Charles got more than 10 rushes on Sunday and 15 total touches. I want him to get enough work to stay in rhythm but not so much he won’t be a little fresher come playoff time.

    I want to see what Davis can do with the opportunity. Since KC will want to keep the ball out of Rivers’ hands, he could have a big day.