The Green Bay Packers were squarely behind the eight-ball heading into their Week 7 matchup against the Chicago Bears. While they’ve struck a deal that may not help them immediately against the Bears in a big way, at the very least it should open things up for them down the road. When the Packers traded for former Kansas City Chiefs running back Knile Davis, it was a win-win for both teams.
Even more importantly, it may be a golden opportunity for Davis himself. While the former Chief was buried down the depth chart behind the likes of Spencer Ware, Jamaal Charles and Charcandrick West, he’ll now move into a role with the Packers where his number could be called early and often for this group. Former backup James Starks is out for multiple weeks after having knee surgery, while starter Eddie Lacy was visibly nursing an ankle injury during the team’s 30-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
In turn, this means that Davis is going to get the opportunity he’s been waiting on, and likely never would have gotten with the Chiefs. Davis, who’s only 25 currently, has rushed exactly one time for negative-two yards this season. It seems impossible to realize that it was just two years ago that he rushed 134 times for 463 yards and six touchdowns for the Chiefs. Now, the Packers are hoping they can get some of that production to ease the pressure off quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The Packers had no help in the run game last week if Lacy needed to step off, and unfortunately, his ankle injury is unlikely to heal much in just four days. With wide receivers Ty Montgomery and Randall Cobb both seeing some time at running back, it was apparent the Packers needed to find some help. Best of all, Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith reported that the Packers only had to give up a conditional late-round draft pick to land Davis.
It may take some time for Davis to really get rolling with the Packers offense, but the good news is that he can also catch passes, as well as return kicks. He’s totaled 31 receptions for 260 yards and a score during his four-year career, and boasts a career average of 27.2 yards on kickoffs, with two touchdowns.
The deal obviously makes sense for the Packers, but for the Chiefs, it probably makes even more sense. Davis was very unlikely to see any playing time on offense behind the three-headed monster the group is already rolling out. While Davis may not have been cut this season, there’s reason to believe that if push really did come to shove, that he could have been a candidate for release if the roster spot was needed. The Chiefs netting a late-round pick in return for him is a pretty solid deal overall for them.
It’ll be interesting to see what type of role (if any) Davis will have on a short week against the Chicago Bears, but sooner than later he should be pretty active in the backfield for the Packers.