Knile Davis no longer looks like the eventual replacement for Jamaal Charles as the featured back for the Kansas City Chiefs. Judging by Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, Davis is no longer the top backup.
That role, at least for now, seems to have gone to Charcandrick West. West played 17 snaps as a backup to Charles against the Bengals. Davis didn’t play on offense at all, though he was healthy. He served as the main kickoff returner throughout the game.
“We like what Charcandrick has been doing,’’ coach Andy Reid said. “We also like Knile. On certain situations, we like to use them all. In those situations, we chose to go with Charcandrick. We haven’t lost any confidence in Knile. You saw some of the things we were doing with him, and we think Charcandrick does a pretty good job with those things.”
West wasn’t particularly productive against Cincinnati. He had five carries for 17 yards and one reception for four yards.
The story said West is more of a threat as a pass receiver. He is reliable catching the ball, something Davis isn’t. The Chiefs seem comfortable with him as a pass blocker, more than they do with Davis. As a runner, West isn’t nearly as big, fast or powerful as Davis. But he’s more effective. Anything that isn’t straight ahead but requires more than one cut gives Davis trouble. This is something owners of Charles and Davis may way to take a hard look at if you feel the need to handcuff Charles.