Mike Davis (RB)

Panthers Claim RB Mike Davis

For a second straight Monday, the Panthers claimed a notable skill-position talent on waivers. They were awarded running back Mike Davis, whom the Bears waived on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets.

Davis did not see much time with the Bears but may have a clearer role with the Panthers. It would make sense for Carolina to give usage dynamo Christian McCaffrey some rest. Davis functioned as a change-of-pace Seahawks back last season.

McCaffrey’s 233 touches sit second in the league, though Dalvin Cook has accumulated his NFL-leading 243 in one extra game. The Panthers had C.J. Anderson on their 2018 roster to serve as a McCaffrey complement, but the team did not use the veteran much and cut him midway through the season. This season, the Panthers have given McCaffrey 185 carries. He logged 219 throughout last season. Backup running back Reggie Bonnafon has taken just 11 handoffs this year.

Considering Chicago gave Davis just 18 touches this season, he should be fresh to spell McCaffrey. Davis, 26, averaged 4.6 yards per carry with the Seahawks last season. Operating as Chris Carson‘s backup, Davis posted 728 scrimmage yards and five touchdowns. Last season marked Davis’ first steady backfield work; he spent the 2015-17 seasons not factoring in significantly in San Francisco or Seattle’s ball-carrying plans.

This move comes a week after the Panthers claimed ex-Steelers wideout Donte Moncrief. Both Moncrief and Davis were cut in order to balance out the Steelers’ and Bears’ compensatory-pick formulas, respectively.

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Bears Waive RB Mike Davis

Mike Davis‘ short tenure with the Bears has already come to an end. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports (via Twitter) that the Bears have cut the veteran running back.

Following a 2018 campaign that saw Davis compiling a career-high 514 rushing yards with the Seahawks, Davis inked a two-year, $6MM deal with the Bears this past offseason. There was hope that he’d platoon with third-rounder David Montgomery, and the Bears even dealt Jordan Howard to accommodate the two new additions. Instead, the rookie has received the majority of the carries on offense (Montgomery has 121 of the team’s 181 rushes).

Davis has also fallen behind pass-catcher Tarik Cohen, leaving him with a minor role. In seven games (one start) this season, the 28-year-old Davis has 11 carries for 25 yards and seven receptions for 22 yards. He’ll be subject to waivers, and while he hasn’t had a chance to shine in 2019, a team will surely take a chance on him based off his 2018 performance. Meanwhile, the Bears will presumably add another running back to pair with Montgomery and Cohen, with practice squad backs Ryan Nall and Kerrith Whyte Jr. potentially being options.

While today’s move was partly performance-based, Rapoport notes that the front office was also motivated by the compensatory pick formula. This transaction will “helps them get a comp pick,” according to Rapoport.

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Bears HC Discusses RBs, Davis, Patterson

The Bears moved on from running back Jordan Howard earlier this week, and the position is now a “major need,” according to Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun Times.

Tarik Cohen did break out in 2018, tallying 1,169 yards from scrimmage and eight total offensive touchdowns. Still, the 23-year-old has proved to be more of a threat in the passing game than the running game. Meanwhile, free agent addition Mike Davis impressed in limited work with Seattle in 2018, averaging 4.6 yards per carry and tallying 34 receptions. However, there’s no guarantee that the veteran can carry the running-side of the platoon.

As a result, the team is focusing on the draft to add a running back. The team doesn’t have their first selection until the third round, but the Bears should have plenty of opportunities to add a weapon to their offense; as Jahns writes, there are plenty of intriguing mid-round running backs in this year’s draft.

Head coach Matt Nagy recently talked with Jahns about the team’s plans for the position, including draft prospects and their free agent additions. We’ve compiled some of the notable soundbites below:

On the running back prospects in the upcoming draft:

“Any coach will tell you there’s a nice group of backs. They all kind of have their unique style. So some of them, they might not have the home-run speed, but he can run you over. This guy might have average hands, but he’s really great between the tackles. They’re all a little different.

“It comes down to, teams that are looking at running backs, what flavor do you like? What kind of ice cream do you like? And then, when you get in the draft, where are they going to be at?”

On how the team evaluates these running back prospects:

“It’s hard to evaluate a lot of guys on tape and get a good feel for them. You try to as much as you can, but to be able to go there and see guys is great. We’ve done it with the quarterback position in years past, and it helps you out a lot.”

On the addition of Davis, who signed a two-year, $6MM contract earlier this month:

“We thought that would be a good addition to our side of the ball on offense. We’re intrigued to get him in and start learning who he is as a person…From all the research we did on him, we thought [Davis] was a great fit.”

On wideout/return man/occasional running back Cordarrelle Patterson, who signed a two-year, $10MM contract:

“We saw a role for him. You see what he did in New England with the jet sweeps, the [end] arounds [and] the screens, and I think that that’s a good fit for him. But for me, it’s kind of like a kid in a candy store.”

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Bears To Sign RB Mike Davis

The Bears are adding a running back. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports (via Twitter) that the team has reached an agreement to sign Mike Davis.

This will be the first significant payday for the 26-year-old, who languished for two years in San Francisco before finding a home with the Seahawks. The deal is for two years and worth $6MM, per Rapoport (on Twitter). This pact carries a max value of $7MM. Davis hit free agency last offseason but decided to stick with the Seahawks.

After starting six games with Seattle in 2017, Davis established career-highs across the board in 2018. In 15 games, the running back ran for 514 yards and four touchdowns on 112 carries. He also showed some pass-catching prowess, hauling in 34 receptions for 214 yards and one score.

His role in Chicago is a bit uncertain considering the presence of both Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. Davis is versatile enough to serve as insurance for both of those players, and he’s a better option than both Taquan Mizzell and Ryan Nall. However, barring a trade, it’s unlikely Davis will end up playing an overly-significant role for his new team.

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Seahawks Re-Sign RB Mike Davis

Mike Davis has agreed to a one-year deal to stay with the Seahawks, a source tells Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). He took visits elsewhere, but ultimately decided to stay in Seattle where he showed some promise last year. 

Davis’ visits during the free agency period included the Lions and Rams. For now, Seattle offers him the easiest path to the field.

Davis went from Seattle’s practice squad to the varsity squad in November when C.J. Prosise landed on IR. He had some solid games down the stretch. In December against the Jaguars, he ran for 66 yards off of 15 carries, good for a 4.4 yards per carry average. Then, in the season finale against the Cardinals, he had 48 yards off of ten carries. All in all, he appeared in six games (all starts) and finished with 240 rushing yards on 68 carries. He also added another 15 receptions for 131 yards.

The Seahawks also have Chris Carson, J.D. McKissic, and C.J. Prosise under contract for 2018. You can expect Seattle to continue exploring upgrades in free agency and the draft.

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RB Mike Davis Meets With Rams

Mike Davis has another suitor. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports (via Twitter) that the free agent running back met with the Rams today. The veteran previously visited the Lions.

Davis, a 2015 fourth-round pick by the 49ers, was claimed off waivers by Seattle last May. He didn’t make the Week 1 cut, but he ultimately landed on Seattle’s practice squad. In November, Davis finally earned a promotion to the varsity squad when C.J. Prosise landed on IR.

Davis’ stat line wasn’t overly impressive in 2017, but he did have a handful of solid games for the Seahawks. On Dec. 10 against Jacksonville, he ran for 66 yards off of 15 carries, good for a 4.4 yards per carry average. Then, in the season finale against Arizona, he had 48 yards off of ten attempts. In six games (six starts), Davis finished with 240 rushing yards on 68 carries. He also added another 15 receptions for 131 yards.

The Rams could use some depth behind Todd Gurley and backup Malcolm Brown. Davis would likely compete with Justin Davis and Zach Laskey in Los Angeles.

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Lions To Meet With RB Mike Davis

The Lions will meet with running back Mike Davis on Friday, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (on Twitter). Davis also has other visits lined up after his Detroit trip, Rapoport adds. 

Davis, a fourth-round pick of the Niners in 2015, was claimed off waivers by Seattle in May. Although he didn’t make the Week 1 cut, the Seahawks signed him to the taxi squad after releasing him. In November, Davis earned a promotion to the varsity squad when C.J. Prosise landed on IR.

Davis’ stat line doesn’t jump off the page, but he did have some performances of note late last season. On Dec. 10 against Jacksonville, he ran for 66 yards off of 15 carries, good for a 4.4 yards per carry average. Then, in the season finale against Arizona, he had 48 yards off of ten attempts. He’s not a surefire answer for the Lions’ running woes, but he could compete for a spot on the roster.

On Friday morning, the Lions announced that running back Zach Zenner has been re-signed. If Davis is inked, that would make six RBs under contract for Detroit. Even then, they’d still continue to explore options in free agency and the draft.

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Seahawks Place C.J. Prosise On IR

The Seahawks have placed running back C.J. Prosise on injured reserve, per a team announcement. To take his place, running back Mike Davis has been promoted from the practice squad.

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Prosise has been dealing with ankle injuries throughout the season. The most recent flare-up happened during the team’s Nov. 9 win over the Cardinals, forcing him from the game midway. His prognosis apparently wasn’t great heading into this weekend’s game against the Falcons, prompting the team to park him on IR for the rest of the year.

Davis, a fourth-round pick of the Niners in 2015, was claimed off waivers by Seattle in May. Although he didn’t make the Week 1 cut, the Seahawks signed him to the taxi squad after releasing him. The 24-year-old had 19 carries for 50 yards in eight games for the Niners last year. He has yet to show much at the NFL level, but the Seahawks believe that he has a bit of potential.

Davis joins Eddie Lacy (recently sidelined with a groin injury), Thomas Rawls, and J.D. McKissic on the RB depth chart.

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49ers Release RB Mike Davis

The 49ers have released running back Mike Davis, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). Davis drew trade interest during the draft, so Rapoport expects him to find a market for his services now that he is available. Mike Davis (vertical)

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Davis was a fourth-round pick in 2015 but he hasn’t done a whole lot in his two NFL seasons. Between 2015 and 2016, he has averaged just 2.0 yards per carry on 54 attempts. The Niners added running back Joe Williams in the fourth round of this year’s draft and they have five other veterans RBs under contract, so there wasn’t much room for Davis. The Niners are also expected to add Georgia Southern running back Matt Breida as an undrafted free agent.

Davis missed the second half of the 2016 season with a broken hand. He was slated to return from IR later in the season, but he never made it back on to the field.

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49ers Send Michael Wilhoite To IR

A rebuilding 49ers season will end with another starter unavailable for Week 17 action after the team sent linebacker Michael Wilhoite to injured reserve, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports.

San Francisco’s corresponding move comes in the form of backup running back Mike Davis being activated from IR-DTR.

Despite being an undrafted free agent from Division II Washburn, Wilhoite’s started 28 games for the 49ers the past two seasons.

The 29-year-old inside linebacker’s 2015 season, however, has been an uphill struggle, per Pro Football Focus. The advanced-metrics site rates Wilhoite as the league’s worst linebacker.

Davis played in five games this year, the most recent coming in Week 8 against the Rams. Prior to suffering a broken hand, the fourth-round rookie didn’t make much progress, gaining 24 yards on 25 carries as a backup. Per Barrows, Davis runs the risk of becoming the first running back since ex-Chiefs committee cog Donnell Bennett, who gained 24 yards on 27 totes in 2000, to average fewer than one yard per carry.