That plan became moot when Thomas has yet to take an NFL snap, though that will change this Sunday as the Chiefs travel to face the Miami Dolphins. Add that with the fact Charles is out for several weeks with a high ankle sprain so that makes Davis the go to man on offense for the time being.
The good news, to this point of his career, Davis has shown the ability to make plays running and catching the ball. Last weekend against the Denver Broncos, he carried the load on the ground and found the end zone twice against the Chiefs biggest division rival.
Against the Dolphins this weekend he’ll play an even bigger role offensively. With Charles out that means Reid can craft his offensive scheme to include both Davis and Thomas against Miami.
It’s impossible to tell what Thomas will do in his first professional game but Davis is expected to carry the load for the ground game this Sunday. So is he ready? According to his head coach he is more than ready.
“If it’s work ethic that determines that and want to, I would tell you yes,” Reid said.
“Nobody has spent more time in the offseason than him working in the weight room, working on scheme and learning. He’s a mature second-year player. He’s worked on his pass game on catching the football, pass protection all these things that you need to be an all-around back. I think everybody has confidence that he can step in and do a good job there.”
Reid has always used the moniker ‘next man up’ but in this case Davis is really the only man that can mange the Chiefs run game without Superman Charles in the lineup. Last year Davis more than filled in admirably when given the chance in 2013.
Because of that success, the secret on Davis’s abilities certainly can no longer be contained in or out of NFL circles. He’s a hot fantasy pick-up this week that could vault him into a multitude of starting roles on fantasy teams throughout the country. However, his continued employment in that universe might depend on his ability to gain yards and score in the red zone for the Chiefs this week and beyond.
The head coach understands that any time a player has to come off the bench to replace a starter isn’t an easy task but at least he knows Davis has done it in the past.
“That’s a hard thing to do. Anytime you’re a relief pitcher and whatever position it is in this league, that’s a tough assignment. You’re not going to get all the reps, I know Alex mentioned that to you, but you’re not going to get all the reps during the week so you’ve got to take some mental reps there and make sure you stay in tune with certain things and he’s done that,” Reid stated.
I realize losing Charles is a nightmare for the Chiefs, and yes I'm well aware Superman made an appearance on the practice field on Thursday, but at least they have a capable back in Davis that can run most of the same packages, as the man he’s replacing.
So what can we expect on Sunday from Davis?
Well let’s put it this way. If he crosses the goal line this weekend multiple times against the Dolphins, Chiefs fans might need to give Davis his own superhero name.
Either way it’s a good thing the Chiefs have a sidekick that is more than capable of starring in his own show.
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