The Kansas City Chiefs drafted Knile Davis in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Arkansas, with many people panning the pick. Davis had a history of injuries and fumbling problems in college, and the Chiefs already had a superstar back in Jamaal Charles.
After two years, the debate still rages. Is Davis part of the solution?
In his rookie year, Davis rode the bench until a Week 17 start against the San Diego Chargers. On that day, Davis rushed for 81 yards on 27 carries with a pair of touchdowns. The following week, Davis was pressed into duty when Charles sustained a concussion against the Indianapolis Colts. Davis performed admirably until a broken leg knocked him out, amassing 100 total yards and another two scores.
Last year, Davis was given another opportunity when Charles was struck with a high-ankle sprain in Week 2. In that contest against the Denver Broncos, Davis ran for 79 yards and two touchdowns. The following week, Davis tore through the Miami Dolphins for 132 yards on a career-high 32 attempts, scoring once. In Week 4, Davis split carries with Charles against the New England Patriots and went off for 107 yards on just 16 carries.
However, Davis never averaged more than four yards per carry in another game. He also failed to eclipse 50 rushing yards in a contest. His two main highlights down the stretch came on a 70-yard touchdown catch against the Oakland Raiders and a 99-yard kickoff return to devastate the St. Louis Rams.
It would be unfair to say Davis hasn't made an impact when you factor in special teams, but is he doing enough as Charles' understudy? Davis has a career average of 3.5 yards per carry, which is not a great number. He also seems to dance before hitting the hole, looking for the big play instead of the five-yard gain. Davis can be a frustrating player at times, but also has a nose for the end zone. Anytime a player who sees limited time scores 13 regular-season touchdowns, it is impressive.
It's my opinion Davis is a solid option behind Charles. If Davis had more playing time (let's all hope that doesn't happen, because Charles needs to stay healthy forever) it is conceivable his average would improve. Running backs are notorious for needing a rhythm. When Davis has gotten consistent action, he has produced.
Where do you stand? Is Davis part of the future or simply another draft pick destined for oblivion?