Davis agreed to a one-year deal with the Seahawks on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Just over a week after he was let go by the Seahawks, Davis will return to the team that claimed him on waivers last spring after he was released by the 49ers. Multiple injuries in the 2017 Seattle backfield allowed the 2015 fourth-rounder to elevate to a key role and he carried the ball 62 times for 222 yards (3.6 YPC) during the final five games of the season, while also contributing on the pass-catching end. Looking ahead to the 2018 season, both Chris Carson (ankle/leg) and C.J. Prosise (ankle) are still in the mix. Though they are both bouncing back from injuries, the duo should be ready for training camp. J.D. McKissic could have a role as a pass-catcher as well, so there will be plenty of competition for Davis in his age-26 season.
The Seahawks didn't tender Davis a contract for the 2018 season, making him an unrestricted free agent, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. A 2015 fourth-round pick, Davis never really got a chance in San Francisco but emerged as a contributor in the Seattle backfield last season. He finished the campaign with 240 yards on 68 carries (3.5 average) and 131 yards on 15 catches, providing a strong hint as to why he rarely saw the field for the 49ers. The Seahawks also non-tendered Thomas Rawls, leaving only Chris Carson (ankle/leg), C.J. Prosise (ankle) and J.D. McKissic in the backfield.
Davis compiled 68 carries for 240 yards and 15 catches (on 18 targets) for 131 yards in six games during the 2017 season. In a backfield beset by injury and ineffectiveness, Davis showed up on the scene late, making his season debut Week 11 against the Falcons. He promptly pulled his groin and missed a game, but upon his return Week 13, he earned a majority of the offensive snaps afforded Seattle running backs. Across the final five games, Davis picked up 159 of 294 such snaps, or far more than J.D. McKissic (99), Thomas Rawls (27) and Eddie Lacy (three). All four are free agents in the offseason, but Davis is restricted, which will allow the Seahawks to match any offer sheet he receives.
Davis was limited to 25 yards on 15 carries and caught four of five targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 21-12 victory over the Cowboys. The Dallas defense limited Seattle to just 136 total yards on the day, but untimely turnovers from the opposition helped key the Seahawks' road victory. Though Davis struggled to find much running room Sunday, it was at least encouraging to see him dominate the backfield work, as Thomas Rawls (five touches) and J.D. McKissic (none) were mostly non-factors. The Seahawks' much-maligned offensive line may continue to inhibit Davis' efficiency in the regular-season finale against an Arizona defense that has yielded just 3.5 yards per carry for the season, a mark that ranks third in the NFL.
Davis (ribs) isn't on the Seahawks' final injury report for Sunday's game against the Rams, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports. Davis injured his ribs in the fourth quarter of last week's 30-24 loss to Jacksonville, finishing with 15 carries for 66 yards. He returned to full practice participation Thursday and is locked in as the lead rusher for Sunday's matchup with a Rams defense that has giving up 4.7 yards per carry and 124.1 rushing yards per game this season.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/07||Los Angeles Rams||27||19.00|
|9||11/04||Los Angeles Chargers||23||18.38|
|10||11/11||@Los Angeles Rams||27||19.00|
|11||11/16||Green Bay Packers||16||17.38|
|13||12/03||San Francisco 49ers||19||17.75|
|15||12/16||@San Francisco 49ers||19||17.75|
|16||12/24||Kansas City Chiefs||20||17.76|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||41||116||0||8||65||0||17|