Herbie Teope of the "Chiefs Spin" blog wrote Saturday that he wouldn't be surprised if Chiefs running back Knile Davis sees more action than the 70 carries he received as a rookie. He backs this up with a couple of telling quotes from head coach Andy Reid earlier this year.
"Knile was a rookie and he was learning every week and getting better every week," Reid said while at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. "As the season went on, we were able to give him the ball a little bit more. I think coming into this season, we'll be able to mix it up a little bit better than what we did early in the season last year."
The following month, Reid said, "I think Knile is a big part of [the offense], and he ended up being a big part of it. I was able to actually give Jamaal (Charles) a blow because of Knile's progress. I thought Knile picked it up quite a bit, too."
Chiefs running backs coach Eric Bieniemy also commended Davis during OTAs, saying that he has "taken a tremendous jump mentally" and "has a better awareness of what's going on with the game."
Now, should these quotes force you to jump back from drafting Charles with the No. 1 pick, if you are so inclined? I don't think so. It's just an indication that Davis might see 5-8 carries per game this year, certainly more than the scant activity he saw before December 2013.
Davis was stellar when he filled in for Charles late in the regular season and during Kansas City's playoff game -- 54 touches for 186 yards and four touchdowns in those two games -- but this is not going to suddenly turn into a timeshare. Charles is in his physical prime and nearly produced a 2,000-yard season last year. His draft stock does not change.
Davis is a prime handcuff and would be a terrific add if Charles goes down due to the Chiefs' run-heavy offense, and Davis' power-speed combo. He is healthy after fracturing his left leg during the playoffs.