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Knile Davis | Running Back | #34

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (24) / 10/5/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 227
College: Arkansas
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 3 (96) / KC
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Chiefs RB Knile Davis said he did not request to be traded this offseason.
It was reported Davis requested a trade after Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West landed long-term extensions, but he denies those reports. Either way, it is clear the Chiefs are interested in moving their No. 4 back, and Davis seems open to the idea of a fresh start. "At this point, I can pretty much do it all. I just haven’t had the opportunity to show it," Davis said. "But one day I will get the opportunity to show what I can do and I’m looking forward to that day." Davis has fumbled eight times on 260 career carries including the playoffs and owns a career 3.41 yards-per-carry average. Opportunity is not the issue. May 26 - 11:32 AM
Source: ESPN

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Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports the Chiefs are shopping RB/KR Knile Davis.

Jamaal Charles is still the Chiefs' workhorse while Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware agreed to extensions this offseason, leaving Davis as the odd man out. Davis has underwhelmed in his first three seasons, averaging a mere 3.3 yards per carry on 232 career rushing attempts. He's fared better as a return specialist, finishing 10th in kick return average last season (25.1 yards per attempt). The Dolphins reportedly showed interest in an unnamed Chiefs running back last month. We're guessing those talks were centered on Davis.
Apr 27 - 5:26 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins have been talking to the Chiefs about acquiring a running back.

By process of elimination, we can guess the talks are centered around Knile Davis, who was already reported to be on the block. Jamaal Charles is recovering from a torn ACL, while Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware were just signed to extensions. The Dolphins are absolutely desperate to bolster a running back corps that's currently led by second-year durability question mark Jay Ajayi. Davis has occasionally flashed during his three years in Kansas City, but disappointed more often than not. He owns a wheezing 3.34 career YPC. His addition would not preclude Miami from aggressively addressing running back in the draft. We doubt Davis fetches more than a conditional seventh round pick.
Mar 31 - 2:28 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports the Chiefs are "working" to trade RB Knile Davis.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Davis requested a trade weeks ago. After signing both Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware to extensions Thursday, there is no room on the roster for Davis. An inconsistent back with serious fumbling issues, the Chiefs would do well to land a late-round pick. On the bright side, Davis will not be 25 until October.
Mar 31 - 1:02 PM

Knile Davis rushed six times for 30 yards in the Chiefs' Divisional Round loss to the Patriots, adding two receptions for 13 additional yards.

Including the playoffs, Davis had touched the ball only 11 times since the Chiefs' Week 9 bye, but was needed for a bigger role with Spencer Ware (ankle) hobbled. Davis was looking slippery early, but true to form, committed a devastating mistake, losing a second half fumble. It's the story of Davis' career, and the reason he remained third on the depth chart even after Jamaal Charles (knee) was lost for the season. Although Davis is still only 24, and due a reasonable $675,000 in 2016, it's not a guarantee he's brought back for the final year of his rookie contract.
Jan 16 - 8:31 PM

Chiefs declared RB Knile Davis, DE Allen Bailey, LB Dee Ford, G Ben Grubbs, DE David King, QB Aaron Murray and ILB Ramik Wilson inactive for Week 11 against the Chargers.

Davis is a healthy scratch for the second week in a row. He's fallen to third on the running back depth chart behind starter Charcandrick West and change-of-pace back Spencer Ware. Travis Kelce (groin) and Sean Smith (knee) are both active.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 02:57:00 PM

Chiefs RB Knile Davis is a healthy scratch for Week 10 against the Broncos.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported this would be the case on Sunday morning. Spencer Ware will back up workhorse Charcandrick West. Also inactive for the Chiefs are QB Aaron Murray, OG Ben Grubbs, TE James O'Shaughnessy, DE Allen Bailey, CB Marcus Cooper and LB Ramik Wilson.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 02:56:00 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Knile Davis will be inactive Sunday against the Broncos.

Davis opened the year as Jamaal Charles' backup but has since fallen behind Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware. West will be close to an every-down back on Sunday, though Denver's swarming run defense (they've allowed the third-fewest rushing yards per game) should keep him in check.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 09:33:00 AM

Knile Davis rushed once for two yards in the Chiefs' Week 7 win.

He's the clear-cut backup to Charcandrick West at this point.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 04:18:00 PM

Knile Davis rushed five times for 13 yards and caught one pass for 12 yards in Kansas City's Week 6 loss to the Vikings.

Davis rotated with Charcandrick West, but didn't impress with his touches. He took over late in game after West lost a fourth-quarter fumble. It's possible West's fumble will open up more work for Davis. Davis will remain an RB4 stash for Week 7 against the Steelers.
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 04:52:00 PM

ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher believes Knile Davis could get the majority of red-zone snaps this week.

Charcandrick West will get the first chance to replace Jamaal Charles, but the Chiefs prefer Davis on power runs and in short-yardage. Kansas City’s backfield uncertainty is more a downgrade to West than a reason to play Davis this week. Davis is a touchdown-dependent RB4 against Minnesota's underrated run defense.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 06:21:00 PM

Knile Davis admits he's a "volume" runner.

The stats tell the story of a back who's been better when given bigger workloads, allowing a rhythm to develop. Davis thinks it's true. "I was a volume runner (in college) — as I got into a rhythm, the better I did," Davis said. "The more plays and opportunities you get the better you do." Davis has averaged just 3.4 yards per carry for his career, but took the rock 70 times for 318 yards (4.5 YPC) when Jamaal Charles was banged up in Weeks 2-4 last season. Charcandrick West is getting the first shot at starting in Charles' absence, but Davis could develop the "hot hand." He's worth owning in 10-12 team leagues.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 08:50:00 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid expects to go with a committee at running back in the absence of Jamaal Charles.

"You know you’re not going to replace Jamaal," Reid said. "You find out and (take advantage of) the strengths of those other players." Reid considers Charcandrick West more similar to Charles as a quick runner who makes people miss. He'll be the chairman of the committee. But Reid still envisions a role for Knile Davis. "Knile’s had some big games for us here when he’s been called on," Reid said. Davis will begin as a power change-of-pace back who could get goal-line looks. West is definitely the preferred add, but Davis is worth a flier in 12-team leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 07:19:00 PM

Knile Davis rushed two times for two yards in the Chiefs' Week 5 loss to the Bears.

After Jamaal Charles went down in the third quarter with what's believed to be a torn ACL, it was Charcandrick West, not Davis, who entered as the lead back. Davis gained four on his first attempt but was blown up for a loss on his next one. West will be the No. 1 back to own in Kansas City without Charles.
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 05:05:00 PM

Knile Davis has fallen behind Charcandrick West on the Chiefs' running back depth chart.

Davis is returning kickoffs, but he hasn't played an offensive snap in the last two weeks. "We like what Charcandrick has been doing," coach Andy Reid said Monday, explaining that West is better in the passing game than Davis. Reid insisted he still has trust in Davis: "I haven’t lost confidence in Knile at all. That’s just were I was at for that game, and what I felt." Were Jamaal Charles to go down, we suspect Davis and West would share the workload. This limits Davis' appeal as a handcuff in 12- and 14-team leagues.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 05:10:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Alex Smith
2Aaron Murray
3Kevin Hogan
4Tyler Bray
RB1Jamaal Charles
2Charcandrick West
3Spencer Ware
4Knile Davis
5Darrin Reaves
GLB1Jamaal Charles
2Spencer Ware
3RB1Jamaal Charles
2Charcandrick West
FB1Anthony Sherman
WR11Jeremy Maclin
2De'Anthony Thomas
3Demarcus Robinson
4Frankie Hammond
5Tyreek Hill
WR21Albert Wilson
2Chris Conley
3Rod Streater
4Mike Williams
5Kashif Moore
WR31Chris Conley
TE1Travis Kelce
2James O'Shaughnessy
3Demetrius Harris
4Brian Parker
LT1Eric Fisher
2Reid Fragel
LG1Zach Fulton
2Parker Ehinger
3Jarrod Pughsley
4Garrick Mayweather
C1Mitch Morse
2Drew Nowak
3Daniel Munyer
RG1Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
2Jordan Devey
3Zach Sterup
RT1Mitchell Schwartz
2Jah Reid
K1Cairo Santos