Can Knile Davis produce -- and hold onto the ball -- in a full-time role? Sunday may tell
There's little reason to dream of Knile Davis when Jamaal Charles is your running back, but Kansas City Chiefs fans likely will get a glimpse of what Davis can do in a featured role Sunday at San Diego. Andy Reid, San Diego Chargers
This Knile Davis fumble seemed to launch the Colts to victory Sunday, and coach Andy Reid won't tolerate much of that.
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By Jeffrey Flanagan
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- If any Chiefs fans have wondered what it would be like if rookie Knile Davis were put in the lead back role, chances are they'll get a preview this Sunday.
With the game at San Diego as meaningless for the Chiefs as a preseason game, it seems likely that coach Andy Reid will give his workhorse, Jamaal Charles, a much-needed rest.
Reid wouldn't commit to that Monday, saying he hasn't decided whether to rest his starters.
But there seems little benefit in taking a chance on injury with someone as valuable as Charles.
Enter Knile Davis.
Reid reiterated Monday that he wouldn't hesitate to rely on Davis.
"Do I feel he can step into that role? Yes," Reid said. "You have to feel that way. That's the way we've built that position -- if Jamaal ever went down, (Davis) would step in."
When reminded that he does have other options at running back, namely Cyrus Gray, Reid simply smiled.
"The option we've been using is 34 (Davis)," he said.
Of course, there is one area of Davis' game that Reid isn't too thrilled about, especially following Sunday's game against the Colts.
Davis, known as a fumbler at Arkansas, had fumbled only once this season in 57 touches -- and that fumble came after a reception.
But Sunday, Davis fumbled twice against the Colts, losing one in the first half on a running play with the Chiefs leading 7-3. That lost fumble seemed to turn the game's momentum. The Colts scored two plays later and never looked back, taking total command of the game.