The Chiefs have given RB Jamaal Charles a remarkably light load in training camp and preseason games in an effort to keep him healthy, and that has meant more work for Davis.
But if his backup can be productive enough, the Chiefs may continue to give Charles a lighter load once games start to count, keeping Charles fresher over the 16-game grind than he has been the past couple of years.
"You just want to see that steady No. 2 running back right now that can come in in a pinch or come in and give Jamaal some needed rest, and has that explosiveness," Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said. "He's more of your downhill type of runner."
In other words, he also gives the Chiefs that quintessential "thunder and lightning" look, not unlike they had with Charles and Thomas Jones a handful of years ago.
HC Andy Reid has always rode his RB1 since his days with the Eagles so it will be interesting to see if they try to limit Charles' workload in games. One thing is for sure, Davis makes a great handcuff for Charles owners and has proven that he can carry the load. He's getting a lot of reps in camp so far.
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will share the featured back role with not Thomas Jones, but Peyton Hillis, a 250-pound free-agent acquisition.
“He’s the same as Thomas Jones,” Charles said. “He’ll come in and get all the tough yards and all the pounding. That’s the same thing that Thomas did. I’m not a selfish player. I just want to win. If he can contribute to the team and put points on the board, why not? I don’t care about yards. I feel like if every week we can win a game, I’ve got no complaints.
“I like his game. He’s athletic and big and strong. Nothing against Thomas Jones but (Hillis) brings something to the team like (Le’Ron) McClain, but he’s playing tailback instead. He’s bringing power and explosiveness, and he’s strong. He’s going to catch the ball and he’s got great hands, and I feel he’s an all-around player like me.”
In 2010, with Jones siphoning off carries, Charles still managed 1,935 total yards and eight TDs, so he has proven he can be productive while sharing the workload.