2013 Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp Player to Watch: Knile Davis

By Ryan Heckman
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports


There is serious optimism within the Kansas City Chiefs fanbase for the first time in a while. This offseason, the team went out and brought in a tenured head coach in Andy Reid. They also solidified their quarterback position when they took in former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith.

The two big-time additions should fare well when combined with the talent that already exists on their offense. Running back Jamaal Charles and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe are established Pro Bowl talents and with the experience of Reid and Smith, the offense should bode much better in 2013.

The Chiefs took a chance with their third round pick and drafted Arkansas running back Knile Davis. Davis will back up Charles and, if all goes according to plan, will get some carries here and there in order to spell Charles a bit.

Throughout his high school and college career, Davis has dealt with a multitude of injuries including a broken ankle and broken collarbone.

Davis will bring a nice change of pace off the bench in comparison to Charles. He’s a north-south runner with a big body that can get in between the tackles very well when healthy.

Something Smith will appreciate is his ability to pass protect at a higher level than most backs coming out of college. Not only that, but he will contribute in the screen and check-down game if options fail to exist for the quarterback.

Assuming he stays healthy, Davis will prove to be a decent pick for the Chiefs, who needed a bit more help offensively. They have been absolutely dreadful on offense for a while but now that they have a fairly tenured quarterback on their hands, that should change.

Davis will be one to watch in camp simply to see if he can get through the activities without injury. If that happens, then we should see a healthy dose of him during the preseason and possibly even more as the 2013 season unfolds.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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