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Kansas City Chiefs' Knile Davis isn't dropping any more balls on kick returns

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Peter Aiken

I remember when 2013 third round pick Knile Davis arrived at training camp last year. A college running back, Davis was going to be a kick returner with the Chiefs. As a kick returner, he was ... raw. Not his explosiveness but his ability to cleanly catch a kick return. During training camp practices that first year he would routinely drop catches.

Something happened in the last year though because Davis isn't dropping any more balls on kick returns.

"He's a lot better catcher," Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub said when asked how Davis has improved (quotes via the Chiefs).

"He hasn't put any balls on the ground in practice and last year during practice, if he caught 10 balls, three of them were going to be on the ground. So, he has come a long way there."

Davis is behind the Chiefs best player, Jamaal Charles, so he can only make so much of an impact on offense. But on special teams he has a chance to have a really good year as many returners tend to have under Dave Toub.

The next chance for Davis to do something like this will come on Saturday night against the Vikings.

"It's a preseason game so we'll still start Knile and then we'll go from there just like we did last week," Toub said. "We started him in there and he got the first one and we have so many other guys, we just started rotating guys. We'll keep this game the same way."