Jamaal Down; Davis Gets More Chances


From St. Joseph, Missouri

With RB Jamaal Charles down during practice Monday morning because of a foot strain, that meant more practice opportunities for rookie Knile Davis.

That’s just the way it works in the NFL – one guy goes down, another has to step forward into the lineup.

“Andy Reid, his total goal was to build a team and if one man went down, we wouldn’t lose a step,” Davis said. “That’s the plan and that’s how I feel.”

While Davis got more snaps with the No. 1 offense, he did not get the ball very much because the Chiefs offense was working on red zone situations and that limited the options available in the practice plan for him.

If Charles is going to miss any more practice time with his injury, then Davis will get to see more chances with the primary offensive group.

“I thought it allowed Knile good quality reps with the ones,” said Reid. “It gives another guy the opportunity to practice; that’s how I look at it.”

That’s also more practice snaps for Shaun Draughn and Cyrus Gray, and even rookie Jordan Roberts. The veterans have been a great help for Davis in his transition from the University of Arkansas to the NFL.

“I look to all the vets for help,” said Davis. “They all help me with different things, so they’re doing a good job.”

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