Davis, 27, was signed by general manager Marty Hurney in November after being cut by Chicago. He had only two rushes for 2 yards last season as the former staff under coach Ron Rivera liked Reggie Bonnafon as the backup to Christian McCaffrey, who played almost 94% of the snaps.
New coach Rhule has been high on Davis, though, saying the 2015 fourth-round pick out of South Carolina had one of the best training camps of anybody. As recently as last week, after McCaffrey played 97% of the snaps in the opener, Rhule said he wanted to get Davis more playing time.
It looks like Davis will get more playing time as McCaffrey is expected to miss a couple of weeks. As the story said, Davis is capable. He has 10 career starts, including six for Seattle in 2017, when he rushed for 240 yards on 68 carries and caught 15 passes for 131 yards. If the team is in fact high on Davis, it could mean they are out on a free agent like Devonta Freeman, who is visiting the Giants today. Davis looks to be a must-add off the wire this week.
Mike Davis was a non-factor last season after Marty Hurney claimed him off waivers from the Bears. But he’s been way more involved this summer, and seems to be the front-runner to claim the backup role behind Christian McCaffrey.
Davis told The Athletic last week it was “refreshing” to get a clean slate with a new coaching staff, which has seen him emerge as a dual-threat, No. 2 back. “I think Mike Davis has had a great camp,” HC Matt Rhule said. “He’s running. He’s getting open.” This is worth noting for potential McCaffrey owners looking for his handcuff.
What was once thought to be a fine free-agent pick up turned into a complete dud. Davis was given a total of 11 carries this season for just 25 yards. Davis took a backseat very early to rookie David Montgomery and the Iowa State product never looked back, rendering Davis an afterthought. Davis should see some interest from a running-back needy team. The Bears will add a fourth-round compensatory draft pick with this release.