However the Kansas City Chiefs didn’t care about either one of them when they made him a late third round draft pick last year. Sure they were aware of both of his potential flaws but General Manager, John Dorsey, saw enough potential in Davis he couldn’t pass him up.
For his efforts, Davis took some time to develop into someone that could eventually spell All World Running Back, Jamaal Charles. He started off with a bang on special teams when he marched 109 yards on a kick off return in a pre-season game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Once the regular season began Head Coach, Andy Reid, used him sparingly. In week 13, the young back began to make a name for himself by setting a Kansas City Chiefs regular season kick-off return record when he gashed the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead for a 108-yard return.
That single return gave Davis the confidence to earn more touches on offense. In the last quarter of the season as a fill-in running back, he found the end zone four times. Granted his rushing yards didn’t exceed 300 for the season, he became more comfortable with each game played and his ability to make plays in the Red Zone were more frequent.
After Charles went down with a concussion in the playoff loss to the Colts; Davis scored a pair of touchdowns one running and the other receiving against Indianapolis. Had he not left the game in the second half with his own leg injury, the outcome would have been different.
Early in 2014 Reid spoke about the need to get Davis more touches on offense. Even though he’s second best to Charles, Superman can’t continue to do it all. However, the good news for Reid heading into year two of his coaching regime, he knows, if Charles goes down with an injury, Davis can carry the offensive load.
It’s not been lost on Reid once Davis felt more comfortable within his complex offensive system Kansas City began scoring points in bunches down the stretch of the season. In my view, Davis has the talent to carry many NFL teams at the seemingly undervalued running back position should he need to do so.
For now though, Davis is just another component that gives Reid the belief that Kansas City has as talented an offensive group as any within the division. Where others like Denver and San Diego have better receivers, neither of them have the combined talents of Davis and Charles at the running back position.
But to be fair, Davis heads into 2014 knowing that he won’t be sneaking up on opponents like he did at the end of last season. In fact, defenses will be on high alert when he’s in the game. That’s because not many running backs have both his speed and power to leave defenders in the dust.
Even though the Chiefs lost five of their last seven games in 2013 the offense came alive during that stretch. Should that occur for the entirety of the 2014 season, you can bet Davis had a hand in that success.
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