Steelers sign Knile Davis

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The Steelers’ meeting with running back Knile Davis appears to have gone well.

The team announced on Monday afternoon that they have signed Davis to their 90-man roster. Davis is the second outside free agent added by the Steelers this offseason, joining wide receiver Justin Hunter as new arrivals in Pittsburgh.

Davis was a 2013 third-round pick by the Chiefs and spent the first three-plus years of his career in Kansas City before being traded to the Packers last October. He wound up back in K.C. after being dropped by Green Bay later in the season, but wasn’t part of the regular running back rotation with Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West.

The Steelers’ primary backup to Le’Veon Bell last year was DeAngelo Williams, who remains unsigned as an unrestricted free agent. Fitzgerald Toussaint, who had 14 carries last season, remains under contract.

9 responses to “Steelers sign Knile Davis

  1. Would still like to see them bring back DeAngelo Williams for one more year. I know he missed time last season due to surgery, but he finished out the season looking alright, has been a more than capable backup for Bell, and is a positive, veteran influence. Unless he’s still dealing with injury issues, I don’t know why else you don’t bring him back on a cheap one-year contract. It sounds like he’d be open to it.

  2. Davis did a few things in his career that made him seem potentially awsome but he can’t seem to get that back. He was a great Madden running back a couple of years back. Come Kniles get something going!

  3. He had a lot of versatility early in his career with the Chiefs. He’s got good size (about 5’10” and between 220-230 if I remember right) and quickness. KC even used him to return punts/kicks for some reason. Good power, good quickness, questionable blocking and ball handling.

    He didn’t catch on in Green Bay (I would wager because of the blocking), but they haven’t been good with free agent HBs ever (no offense), so I wouldn’t hold it too much against him. He’s good for a few plays here and there, and he’s better than most backups. DeAngelo Williams might have some left in the tank, but he’s pretty old, so the Steelers do need someone else there in case he either does not return or his age has caught up with him.

  4. They should have a post season for the practice squads. Maybe the Steelers won’t lay such a big egg.

  5. Has shown flashes but has never sustained them. Like running back the opening kickoff for a TD in the playoffs against Houston a couple of years ago.

  6. Knile Davis is an odd case. He’s got the size to bowl people over and the quickness to run right past them…but as a RB, he’s never really excelled (aside from a single game here or there). He tends to not use his size (AT ALL) and dances in the backfield way too much. Doesn’t have much vision and instincts, and goes down way too easily for a man of his size.

    I always wanted him to do well, and his measurables are certainly impressive…but he was consistently a disappointment, again save a single game here or there.

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