Packers Deal For Running Back Davis


KANSAS CITY, MO – SEPTEMBER 01: Running back Knile Davis #34 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs with the ball against of the Green Bay Packers during the first half on September 1, 2016 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)

The Green Bay Packers have acquired RB Knile Davis from the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a conditional draft choice.

Davis, a 5-foot-11, 227-pound fourth-year player out of the University of Arkansas, was originally drafted by Kansas City in the third round (96th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played in 50 games for the Chiefs during the regular season, registering 775 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on 233 attempts (3.3 avg.) while also hauling in 31 receptions for 260 yards (8.4 avg.) and one TD.

He’ll be thrust into the Packers lineup immediately while James Starks and Eddie Lacy are recovering from injuries.

Davis was buried on the depth chart in Kansas City behind three other running backs. He’s eager to get on the field. “I feel like I’m off the range,” says Davis. “I’ve been on the sideline. I’ve been itching to get in the game, be a part of the team which I was in Kansas City. I did what I could. I’m just excited to be a part of Green Bay and do what I can here.  Hopefully my role is bigger.”

“He’s definitely a talented, young player,” says Packers coach Mike McCarthy. “We got a chance to see him play live in the preseason game and he had a lot of production that night. I’m just looking forward to getting him into the mix and get going.”

Davis also recorded a 27.2-yard average on 69 kickoff returns with two TDs. His 27.2-yard average ranks No. 6 in the NFL since 2013 (min. 40 KR) and the two TDs are tied for No. 2 in the league since 2013. Davis will wear No. 30 for the Packers.

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