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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
Contract: view contract details

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NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports Chiefs KR/RB Knile Davis is still available for trade.
Davis has been on the block since before the draft, but the Chiefs haven't gotten any takers. That's probably unlikely to change over the next week when rosters need to be trimmed to 53. With rookie WR Tyreek Hill taking over as the Chiefs' return man and Davis not a factor on offense, his days in Kansas City are numbered. Davis turns 25 in October and has one year left on his deal. Aug 29 - 6:33 PM

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Chiefs RB Knile Davis believes he's improved as a pass catcher.

Davis hasn't been in the news since the Chiefs failed to find a trade partner for their No. 4 running back. Either way, coach Andy Reid has been impressed with Davis' work ethic this summer. "When he first came here, (catching passes) wasn’t the strength of his game," Reid said. "(But) he works like crazy. No one works harder than Knile." There's still a decent chance Davis will be on someone else's roster come Week 1.
Aug 2 - 7:28 PM

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.
Source: ESPN
May 26 - 11:32 AM

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.
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.
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 07:19:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Alex Smith
2Nick Foles
3Tyler Bray
RB1Jamaal Charles
2Spencer Ware
3Charcandrick West
4Knile Davis
GLB1Spencer Ware
2Jamaal Charles
3RB1Jamaal Charles
2Charcandrick West
FB1Anthony Sherman
WR11Jeremy Maclin
2De'Anthony Thomas
3Demarcus Robinson
WR21Chris Conley
2Albert Wilson
3Tyreek Hill
WR31Albert Wilson
TE1Travis Kelce
2Demetrius Harris
3James O'Shaughnessy
4Ross Travis
LT1Eric Fisher
2Bryan Witzmann
LG1Parker Ehinger
2Zach Fulton
C1Mitch Morse
RG1Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
RT1Mitchell Schwartz
2Jah Reid
K1Cairo Santos