Dec 7, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Knile Davis (34) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Chiefs 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Will 2015 bring an increased workload for Davis? More than likely, no.
With the emergence of Thomas as a possible kick return man, there is a chance he will take over a few kickoffs from Knile. The combination does pose an interesting duo of return men for the Chiefs. Both players have a different skill set. While Davis uses the run-at-them-head-first approach, deploying his size and his speed to gain the edge.
Thomas is shifty, fast and elusive, he uses his quick movements to break the ankles of the defense and cause missed tackles. They are both dangerous in the open and and use that quick speed to blow past you on any given play.
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Thanks to Matt Verderame, our esteemed editor of Arrowhead Addict, using Pro Football Focus’ rankings, Knile was in fact rated the worst running back in the NFL in 2014. But even though they have him ranked dead last and the stats they have accumulated on the third-year player point to that ranking, he is still a valued member of the organization.
Davis will continue to be on special teams returning kickoffs, with the occasional running play thrown to him. Unless the Chiefs are planning to offload the player through a trade, he would seem to be next in line when Jamaal Charles hangs up his cleats. As for if he will see an increase in playing time, that is all depending on how the Chiefs use Jamaal and De’Anthony in the running game.
For now, Davis will be the backup and unless another injury sidelines Jamaal again, that role of backup is his to lose. But the the idea of using Thomas in that backup capacity as well adds just another change of pace for the Chiefs’ running back group.
There you have it, Addicts. Do you think Davis will have an increased workload in 2015? What do you think of the news that PFF has him ranked dead last in the NFL, agree or disagree?
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