The Green Bay Packers were in desperate need for running back depth after James Starks underwent surgery last week. Green Bay might have solved that problem Tuesday morning.
The Kansas City Star’s Terez A. Paylor reports the Packers have traded for Kansas City Chiefs tailback Knile Davis. The former Arkansas back would likely serve as a backup behind Eddie Lacy, who has been battling an ankle injury the past couple of weeks.
Davis was the fourth tailback on a depth chart that includes Jamaal Charles, Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West. Davis, a former third-round pick, had become an afterthought with so much talent around him, which explains why the Chiefs might have viewed him as expendable. Davis has only one carry on the season.
Davis has shown potential, however. His best season came in 2014, when he rushed for 463 yards and six touchdowns as Charles’ backup. He isn’t a star, but can step up in a pinch. Green Bay had only had two running backs on its 53-man roster before Starks’ surgery and Lacy was the only healthy tailback on the field during Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
At the very least, Davis provides insurance. Perhaps a change of scenery and an opportunity will pay off for Davis and his new team.