It didn’t take long for the Pittsburgh Steelers to move on free agent running back and kick returner Knile Davis. Shortly after the former Kansas City Chiefs back came to Pittsburgh for a visit, he was given, and agreed to terms, on a one-year contract.
Steelers sign RB/KR Knile Davis, a 25-year-old who ran 4.37 at 2013 Combine. KR avg of 26.8.— James C Wexell (@jimwexell) March 20, 2017
Davis, who will certainly add NFL experienced depth behind Le’Veon Bell, something only Fitzgerald Toussaint can claim on the current depth chart, has been primarily used as a kick returner since entering the NFL.
Davis would provide a versatile threat in the backfield and have a feather in his cap most running backs don’t have, and that is the ability to also double as a kick returner. Davis has two kickoff return touchdowns on his resume since being drafted in 2013.
Other than in the return game, Davis is a dual threat back who is capable of carrying the ball, as well as catching the ball out of the backfield. Something which is a necessity in Todd Haley’s offense.
Financial terms of the deal were not released yet, but the addition of Davis certainly puts an interesting outlook on the future of DeAngelo Williams. The man who has backed up Bell the past two seasons, and done a tremendous job in that role, is still waiting to hear about his NFL future.
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