Kansas City Chiefs running back Knile Davis joined the team this year with quite a bit to be desired. The Chiefs’ coaching staff hasn’t seemed comfortable placing him in any kind of significant role as the third-round draft pick from the University of Arkansas has been known all too well for frequent fumbles, lining up in the wrong spots, running the wrong plays and lackluster offensive pass protection.
However, Davis has been working hard studying films, taking notes, incorporating critiques of his game and taking care of himself physically. Chiefs running backs coach Eric Bieniemy has said as recently as this week that Davis has made relevant progress and that he is ready to take on much more.
If so the Chiefs would be crazy not to put him in more for upcoming games, especially as their’ schedule will become increasingly more challenging.
If nothing else, it would allow them to not have to rely so heavily on running back Jamaal Charles. Davis has had brief appearances this season, including one offensive snap in Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills. According to Bieniemy, he wasn’t played more because of the job that Charles has been doing.
That’s all fine and well, but what happens if Charles injures or even strains his knee again, and has to be taken out in a crucial game? Or worse yet, what if he has to sit the rest of the season out? Even if Charles is performing and exceeding expectations, wouldn’t it make sense to leverage Davis more to ease the offensive load?
Davis is formidable in stature. He’s fast, and he seems to be getting better. Though the Chiefs have managed to remain the only undefeated team in the NFL this season, Charles, as well as quarterback Alex Smith and the rest of the Kansas City offense might very well be grateful for the boost to their efforts, if Davis can really deliver it.
As Kansas City prepares to face Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos twice, plus the San Diego Chargers twice and Indianapolis Colts in upcoming weeks, the Chiefs’ hit-or-miss offense could have nothing to lose by trying to verify if Davis is the right man to help out.