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Why did the Chiefs keep Knile Davis (for now)?

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One of the bigger surprises on the Kansas City Chiefs roster cuts was that RB Knile Davis made the final 53-man roster. At least he’s made it for now. The Chiefs will be tweaking and massaging this roster over the next few days as more cuts are made and waiver wire signings come through.

So what is the Chiefs plan with Knile? Why did they keep him? Speculation incoming .... If they end up keeping him - remember, they have 54 players right now and will need to make a move this week - it could be because Jamaal Charles is banged up and want some more experience back there behind Jamaal (who may not play Week 1), Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West. Reaves will probably clear waivers and hit the Chiefs practice squad which means for now they can keep Knile and Reaves.

Why does keeping Knile surprise me? Why do I think there’s still a chance a move is coming?

  • The Chiefs seemed to like Darrin Reaves more than Knile based on how they used them in preseason games. Folks weren’t just randomly picking Reaves over Knile for the 53-man roster. We were analyzing reps in training camp and the rotation in games.
  • Every media member in existence has reported the Chiefs were trying to trade Knile for months. Usually those guys are just cut if not traded.
  • Knile was a healthy scratch a couple games last year. Those types are typically roster bubble players.

This is one of those good problems to have because Knile and Reaves are both good players. Chiefs can’t go too wrong here.