Davis is slated to handle increased work out of the backfield with Christian McCaffrey expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks due to a high-ankle sprain, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Davis has the confidence of coach Matt Rhule, who called him "a threat coming out of the backfield" after the conclusion of Sunday's contest. Davis impressed as a receiver versus Tampa Bay, when he secured all eight targets for 74 yards, which bodes well for his prospects of at least partially filling the void left by an every-down player like McCaffrey. The 27-year-old has 10 career starts under his belt, and he looks like the favorite to start against the Chargers in Week 3, but Curtis Samuel, Trenton Cannon and Reggie Bonnafon (practice squad) could all also mix in for carries.
Davis rushed once for one yard and brought in all eight targets for 74 yards in the Panthers' 31-17 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.
A complete non-factor despite active status in a Week 1 loss to the Raiders, Davis surprisingly found himself with a robust pass-catching role Sunday. The journeyman back has displayed solid receiving ability out of the backfield in the past, but that's typically Christian McCaffrey's domain in Carolina. McCaffrey did exit Sunday's game late with an ankle injury, but a good chunk of Davis' strong production came prior to his star teammate's exit. With the All-Pro running back now scheduled for an MRI on his ankle Monday, it's possible Davis gets vaulted to the top running back spot in a Week 3 road matchup versus the Chargers.
Davis did not garner one carry or target during Sunday's 34-30 loss to the Raiders.
It should come as no surprise that Christian McCaffrey commanded the running back workload Week 1, as his 1,056 offensive snaps were 115 more than any other NFL back last year. Davis got on the field for only three offensive plays during Carolina's 2020 opener, though he did have a substantial special-teams role in collecting 15 of a possible 29 snaps. As was the case during his debut season with the Panthers in 2019, Davis' only path to consistent offensive work comes by way of a McCaffrey injury.
Davis is emerging as the favorite to serve as Christian McCaffrey's backup, Joseph Person of The Athletic reports.
Davis reportedly has looked good in the passing game, and coach Matt Rhule said the veteran is having a great camp. It thus appears Reggie Bonnafon is in serious danger of losing the No. 2 RB job, a role that translated into only 68 offensive snaps and 22 touches last season. It is possible the new coaching staff will take McCaffrey off the field a bit more often, so Davis could be looking at a handful of touches each week if he wins the job battle.
Davis should be in the mix to serve as Christian McCaffrey's backup, ESPN.com's David Newton reports.
Reggie Bonnafon handled the role for most of last season, while Davis primarily played special teams in his five games with the Panthers. The 27-year-old was a bust with the Bears after signing a two-year, $6 million contract last offseason, but he isn't exactly facing stiff competition behind McCaffrey in the Carolina backfield. The other options besides Davis and Bonnafon are 2019 fifth-round pick Jordan Scarlett and undrafted rookie Rodney Smith.
Davis carried two times for two yards while suiting up in five games for the Panthers after joining the team in November.
Davis was waived by the Bears following Week 9, ending his time in Chicago with just 11 carries for 25 yards and seven catches (on eight targets) for 22 more yards. That limited usage came despite Davis inking a two-year, $6 million deal last March on the back of a career year in Seattle. Although the 26-year-old hardly featured for Carolina's offense, he remains under contract with the Panthers for the 2020 campaign. That should enable him to compete for second-string duties behind superstar Christian McCaffrey, but judging by years past, that role offers little upside so long as McCaffrey stays healthy.
Davis is expected to suit up against the Redskins on Sunday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
Davis joined the Panthers on Nov. 11, and he's now set to make his team debut with Jordan Scarlett (knee/ankle) ruled out. Expect Davis to provide depth at the running back position and contribute on special teams.
Davis (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Saints, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
The 26-year-old is a healthy scratch for the second straight contest after being claimed off waivers from the Bears. Davis may eventually secure the No. 2 running back job behind Christian McCaffrey, but for now, Reggie Bonnafon will continue to work in that role.
Coach Ron Rivera did not confirm Friday whether or not Davis will suit up for Sunday's game against the Saints, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Davis was a healthy scratch for Week 11's tilt against the Falcons, and he's now had an additional week of practice to acclimate to the Panthers' offense. It's possible that Davis will eventually secure the No. 2 running back role behind workhorse Christian McCaffrey, but for the time being Reggie Bonnafon may continue operating as Carolina's top backup. In any case, Davis stands to play a minimal role in the Panthers' backfield even when active, as long as McCaffrey remains healthy.
Coach Ron Rivera said Davis won't be active for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Davis was waived by the Bears on Saturday and claimed by the Panthers at the beginning of the week. He may eventually displace Reggie Bonnafon as the No. 2 running back, but it won't happen for Week 11. Bonnafon has 13 touches through nine games, playing 38 snaps on offense and 140 on special teams.
The Panthers claimed Davis off waivers from the Bears on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Davis was unable to command reps in the Bears' backfield behind David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen, as he finished his stint with the Bears with 18 touches for 47 yards and no touchdowns despite a two-year, $6 million deal. As expected, Davis was picked up off waivers and will add valuable depth behind workhorse and MVP candidate Christian McCaffrey. Davis likely will have minimal duties with the Panthers as well, but he could have value as a handcuff since he showcased a pass-catching acumen with 34 receptions for the Seahawks in 2018. It's worth noting, however, that he'd likely work in tandem with Reggie Bonnafon if McCaffrey suffers an injury.
Davis was waived by the Bears on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The Bears are in line to receive a fourth-round compensatory pick as a result of waiving Davis, who the team signed to a rather lucrative two-year, $6 million contract this past offseason. Despite registering just 11 carries with the Bears, Davis is expected to command significant attention from other RB-needy teams, in particular the Lions, who had interest in signing Davis two years ago according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. As a result, it seems unlikely he'll pass through waivers without a team claiming the fifth-year veteran.
Davis carried two times for three yards and caught one pass for five yards in the Bears' 17-16 loss to the Chargers on Sunday.
Davis was given one chance to make a difference in the ball game, as he had a carry on a third down and short, but failed to convert his opportunity. He's had a total of 11 yards since the season opener, and he would need an injury in the Chicago backfield to become a useful fantasy option.
Davis (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Vikings.
Davis missed valuable time in practice and meetings this week due to a personal matter, so coach Matt Nagy has opted to keep him in street clothes Week 4. With Davis out, the Bears will be down to just two healthy running backs (David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen).
Davis (personal) returned to practice Friday and doesn't have a designation on the final injury report for Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Davis has seen his role decline rapidly, going from 40 snaps in Week 1 to 15 snaps in Week 2 and just one snap in Week 3. The Bears figure to deploy David Montgomery as their lead back Sunday against Minnesota.
Davis (personal) didn't practice Thursday.
Davis was absent Wednesday to tend to a personal issue, and while he was present at Thursday's session, he didn't take the practice field, per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. It's unclear if Davis is in danger of missing Sunday's game versus the Vikings, but Friday's injury report will give a sense of his potential to play.
Davis didn't practice Wednesday for personal reasons, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Davis' absence wasn't touched on by the Bears, but he'll have two more chances to make an appearance at practice this week. In the end, he's a distant third in the team's pecking order at running back behind David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen.
Davis had one rush for two yards in Chicago's 31-15 win against Washington on Monday.
Davis didn't get his carry until the waning moments of a double-digit win, while David Montgomery continued his role as the primary running back for the second week in a row. After Davis touched the football 11 times in Week 1, his four touches over the past two games have moved his fantasy value to that of a depth player in deeper leagues.
Davis had three carries for one yard in Chicago's 16-14 victory over Denver on Sunday.
After leading the Bears' backfield last week, this week was an entirely different story as David Montgomery saw 19 touches and dominated the running back workload. There certainly should be games in which Davis will be needed, since the team seems to like him as a pass-catching back, but it's quite possible that the torch has just been passed to Montgomery. However, it might not be wise to drop Davis until that transition becomes a trend.
Davis rushed five times for 19 yards and brought in six of seven targets for 17 yards in the Bears' 10-3 loss to the Packers on Thursday.
Davis' modest rushing yardage total nevertheless led the Bears on the night, while his six grabs checked in behind only Tarik Cohen and Allen Robinson. At least for the opener, Davis appears to be the complementary back to rookie David Montgomery, with Cohen not seeing any rushing attempts Thursday. Davis' ability to also serve as an effective receiver seemingly helps to make his case for snaps even stronger. Therefore, it will be interesting to see how the workload behind Montgomery is divided in a Week 2 interconference battle against the Broncos, a game where Chicago will undoubtedly strive for much more offensive cohesiveness than it displayed versus the Packers.
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