Davis is signing a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Falcons, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Davis gets $3 million guaranteed, cashing in on his stint as the Panthers' starting RB while Christian McCaffrey dealt with various injuries in 2020. Davis failed to maintain his early momentum in the role, but he at least proved himself competent as a runner, receiver and blocker. He could be in the mix for a starting job in Atlanta, where Ito Smith, Qadree Ollison and Tony Brooks-James are the other tailbacks on the offseason roster. Of course, the Falcons still have time to add more free agents, not to mention the 2021 NFL Draft at the end of April. There hasn't been any report of Davis having issues with the ankle that prevented him from playing Week 17 last season.
Davis (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's contest versus the Saints, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.
As is Christian McCaffrey (thigh), leaving Carolina's backfield to Rodney Smith, Trenton Cannon, Alex Armah and perhaps even Curtis Samuel. Davis got far more work than expected this season due to McCaffrey's constant injury woes, which led to career highs in carries (165), catches (59), yards from scrimmage (1,015) and touchdowns (eight) in 15 games. He's an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, but considering how well he fared in relief of McCaffrey, the Panthers may seek to bring back the six-year vet as an insurance policy.
Davis (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Saints, but the Panthers have no expectation of him playing, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Head coach Matt Rhule called Davis "gutsy" for playing through a significant ankle injury in Carolina's Week 16 win over Washington. The veteran running back was never expected to play in the season finale and hasn't practiced at all this week, leaving Rodney Smith, Trenton Cannon and Curtis Samuel as the team's likely ball carriers for Week 17. It'll be the only game Davis has missed all season after he unexpectedly started in 12 of his 15 appearances while Christian McCaffrey (thigh) dealt with multiple injuries. Davis finishes 2020 with career highs in every major counting category, but he wasn't able to maintain his early burst of production, ultimately averaging only 3.9 yards per carry and 6.3 per catch. He'll turn 28 in February and can become an unrestricted free agent in March.
Davis (ankle) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.
Head coach Matt Rhule admitted Wednesday that the running back was unlikely to play in the regular-season finale versus the Saints this weekend, so Davis' absence from practice for the second day in a row comes as no surprise. With Christian McCaffrey (thigh) also ruled out for Week 17, Carolina will likely turn to third-stringer Rodney Smith as its No. 1 back against New Orleans. Receiver Curtis Samuel -- who carried a season-high seven times in the Week 16 win over Washington -- could also take on a more pronounced role out of the backfield.
Head coach Matt Rhule said Wednesday that he doesn't expect Davis (ankle) to play Week 17 versus the Saints, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Rhule said Davis was "gutsy" to play through a severe ankle sprain in the Panthers' Week 16 win over Washington. With little at stake for the Panthers in the regular-season finale, Davis is expected to be sidelined along with Christian McCaffrey (thigh), who didn't practice Wednesday. With Rodney Smith and Trenton Cannon left as the team's healthy running backs, wideout Curtis Samuel could push for a repeat of the career-high seven carries he handled last week.
Davis was sporting a red no-contact jersey at practice Wednesday, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.
Christian McCaffrey (thigh) also didn't take contact in the session, signaling that he's unlikely to make it back for Sunday's season finale against the Saints. The Panthers have yet to reveal if Davis is in any danger of missing the contest, nor has the team indicated what injury the running back might be dealing with. Next up on the depth chart behind McCaffrey and Davis are Rodney Smith and Trenton Cannon.
Davis rushed the ball 14 times for 28 yards and a touchdown in Week 16 against Washington.
Davis was in for a tough matchup against the stout Washington run defense and failed to get going. However, he managed to reach the end zone for a one-yard touchdown rush midway through the second quarter -- his eighth total score of the season. Davis also reached another milestone by eclipsing 1,000 total yards, the first time he's reached the mark as a professional. It's likely that Davis will get a workhorse role one more time in Week 17 against the Saints.
Davis is expected to draw his sixth straight start Sunday against Washington with Christian McCaffrey (thigh) listed as doubtful for the contest and not in line to play, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.
Davis' efficiency has tailed off as the season has gone along, but he should still be in store for a solid amount of snaps and touches with McCaffrey set to miss yet another contest. Over the last four weeks, Davis has received double-digit carries in every game while also averaging four targets per contest.
Davis rushed 14 times for 59 yards and secured both his targets for two yards in the Panthers' 24-16 loss to the Packers on Saturday night.
Davis put together another solid performance on the ground, but as has been the case in some of the other contests during which he's filled in for Christian McCaffrey (thigh), his workload was somewhat limited by game script. The veteran did log double-digit carries for the fourth straight contest, yet he's failed to exceed 64 rushing yards in any of those games. McCaffrey will look to garner active status for a Week 16 matchup against Washington, but if he's unable to, Davis will be in line for yet another start.
With Christian McCaffrey (thigh) inactive, Davis is once again in line to serve as the Panthers' lead back Saturday against the Packers.
Davis will thus face off against a vulnerable Green Bay defense that has surrendered 4.6 yards per carry this season, with Rodney Smith and Trenton Cannon on hand to provide the Panthers with backfield depth in McCaffrey's continued absence. In last Sunday's 32-27 loss to the Broncos, Davis recorded 51 yards and two TDs on 11 carries while adding five receptions (on six targets) for 42 yards.
Davis is expected to serve as the Panthers' lead back Saturday against the Packers after head coach Matt Rhule suggested earlier this week that Christian McCaffrey (thigh) was unlikely to be available, Darin Gantt of Carolina's official site reports.
The Panthers haven't officially ruled McCaffrey out, but that appears to be a formality at this point in light of Rhule's recent comments along with the fact that the 24-year-old didn't participate in Wednesday's practice. As a result, Davis looks poised to pick up his 11th start of the season, this time matching up against a vulnerable Green Bay defense that has surrendered 4.6 yards per carry this season.
Davis registered 51 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries, adding five receptions for 42 yards during Sunday's 32-27 loss to the Broncos.
Davis garnered just 52.4 percent of Carolina's carries in a pass-heavy game script, as star running back Christian McCaffrey (thigh) sat out his 10th game of the 2020 campaign. The South Carolina product still carved his way to a profitable fantasy day, notching a pair of rushing scores from inside the 10-yard line while posting yet another solid showing as a pass catcher. As has been the case all season, Davis' role for Week 15 hinges on McCaffrey's availability. If he's handed the keys as the top back once again in Green Bay, Davis would be a strong play against a Packers defense that's surrendered the eighth-most receptions to opposing RBs.
Davis likely will get his 10th start of the season, with teammate Christian McCaffrey (thigh/shoulder) listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Broncos.
Davis came pretty close to McCaffrey-level production his first three weeks in the lead role, but he's been mediocre for nearly two months now, finishing between 8.4 and 15.9 PPR points in seven straight games. The Panthers started to give Rodney Smith and Trenton Cannon some more reps before the Week 13 bye, though Davis did get 15 carries and six targets on 57 percent snap share in the team's last game, a 28-27 loss to Minnesota in Week 12.
Davis rushed 15 times for 55 yards and brought in three of six targets for 24 yards in the Panthers' 28-27 loss to the Vikings on Sunday.
The versatile veteran logged another start for Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) and was serviceable from a fantasy perspective, but he continued to scuffle for running room against a Vikings defense that had only been about league average against opposing ground attacks. Davis barely eclipsed 4.0 yards per carry in the prior two games and fell just short of the mark Sunday, making his current starting stint less productive overall than the one he enjoyed earlier in the season when McCaffrey was on injured reserve with an ankle sprain. With his star teammate projected to return after the Week 13 bye against the Broncos, Davis appears set to revert to a complementary role.
Davis will remain the starting running back Sunday after Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) was ruled out another week, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
This one wasn't particularly surprising considering coach Matt Rhule suggested the star running back was "closer to doubtful" for Sunday's game against the Vikings. Davis' stint as the Panthers' starter likely is nearing its close, however, as McCaffrey is expected to play at some point this season, and perhaps even after the team's Week 13 bye. The emergence of Curtis Samuel as a crucial intermediate receiving option has drastically hindered Davis' value in PPR formats considering the 27-year-old has seen 23 targets over the last six games after registering 33 in his first four games as the fill-in starter.
Davis rushed 19 times for 64 yards and a touchdown and brought in both his targets for 15 yards in the Panthers' 20-0 win over the Lions on Sunday.
Making another start for Christian McCaffrey (shoulder), Davis looked appreciably better than he had in weeks while facing some tough matchups. The veteran opened the scoring on the day with a one-yard walk-in touchdown to cap off a 10-play, 95-yard march late in the first quarter, a play that helped ensure he wouldn't have another pedestrian fantasy performance. Davis will be called upon again Week 12 if McCaffrey remains sidelined for a road matchup against the Vikings.
Davis is expected to lead Carolina's backfield Sunday against the Lions with Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) slated to miss the contest, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.
While McCaffrey was out in last weekend's loss to the Buccaneers, Davis struggled to produce against a tough Tampa Bay defense, finishing with 32 yards on seven carries and 12 yards on four receptions. As Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer notes, Davis also missed some time while getting a dislocated finger addressed in the locker room, but he was able to return to action and doesn't look in any real danger of being limited Week 11. A matchup this weekend with Detroit's 30th-ranked run defense (141.6 yards per game) presents a favorable bounce-back opportunity for the 27-year-old.
Davis rushed seven times for 32 yards and brought in four of five targets for 12 yards in the Panthers' 46-23 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.
The versatile back was held back by both a finger injury and game script Sunday, leading to a disappointing afternoon for those who'd held high hopes for him in another spot start for Christian McCaffrey (shoulder). Davis' challenge on the ground was always going to be steep versus the Buccaneers' elite front seven, but Tampa Bay also did a good job defending the 27-year-old when he served as an outlet option for Teddy Bridgewater. McCaffrey reportedly has a solid chance to return Week 11 against the Lions, a development that would figure to relegate Davis to part-time duty should it transpire.
Davis (finger) returned to Sunday's contest against the Buccaneers, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
Davis missed some time in the second half due to a finger injury, but now that he's back, he'll look to build upon the nine touches for 39 yards from scrimmage that he had prior to his departure.
Davis suffered a finger injury during Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.
Davis hit the locker room in the second half before the Panthers deemed him questionable to return to action. If he fails to do so, he'll finish Week 10 with nine touches for 39 yards from scrimmage.
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