Davis is signing with the Bears, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Even with Jordan Howard (knee) a bit banged up, Davis is a long shot to crack the 53-man roster in Chicago. He was released by the Steelers at the end of the preseason last year and never caught on with another team. Best known for running a 4.37 40-yard dash at 227 pounds back in 2013, the 26-year-old will need to make a strong impression on special teams to have any shot at sticking around.
Davis was released by the Steelers on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Davis evidently lost out to both Terrell Watson and Trey Williams in the fight for a potential No. 4 RB gig in Pittsburgh. He's now eligible to sign elsewhere.
Davis rushed seven times for 21 yards and hauled in one of two targets for nine yards in Saturday's 19-15 preseason loss to the Colts. He also returned three kickoffs for 61 yards. Davis logged the second-most carries on the Steelers, checking in behind only Terrell Watson on the night. The veteran is slotted ahead of Watson on the depth chart, although the latter outperformed him Saturday. However, Davis' experience and ability to return kicks could be the deciding factor in the job battle, which likely comes down to next Thursday's exhibition finale against the Panthers.
Davis signed with the Steelers on Monday. Davis joins Pittsburgh after a season in which he was traded from the Chiefs to the Packers, then rejoined Kansas City after being waived by both Green Bay and the Jets. A third-round pick in 2013, Davis has long drawn intrigue for his combination of size and speed, but his career average of 3.2 yards per rush on 250 carries tells the real story of his ability. Although DeAngelo Williams' status as a free agent leaves an opening behind Le'Veon Bell (groin) in the Steelers' high-powered offense, Davis' lack of recent production is something fantasy owners shouldn't overlook.
Davis finished the 2016 regular season out with six carries for nine yards in Sunday's game against the Chargers. Davis finished the campaign with just 18 total carries for 28 rushing yards between the Chiefs and Packers, but will likely be looking for a job elsewhere in the offseason due to his contract expiring. However, it's unlikely the fourth-season back will attain fantasy-relevance any time in the near future.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/06||Green Bay Packers||19||18.13|
|7||10/20||New Orleans Saints||3||12.44|
|8||10/27||Los Angeles Chargers||24||20.00|
|11||11/18||@Los Angeles Rams||14||17.26|
|12||11/24||New York Giants||23||19.88|
|15||12/15||@Green Bay Packers||19||18.13|
|16||12/23||Kansas City Chiefs||31||23.78|
|3 Year Avg||15||33||0||2||16||0||4|