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
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.