Two games usually isn’t enough of a sample size to make any type of judgement on a player. However, for the Green Bay Packers and running back Knile Davis, it was apparently more than enough.
Just two weeks after trading for him, the Packers have released Davis. He had eight yards on five touches, including four rushing yards on three carries, in the loss against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Overall, he had five rushing yards on five attempts across two games as a member of the Packers.
The Packers’ coaching staff did not release any further information behind their decision to release Davis. One would assume it could mean either Eddie Lacy or James Starks are close to returning, except based on their injury prognosis, that isn’t the case. Lacy is on injured reserve and isn’t supposed to return until December at the earliest while Starks underwent knee surgery on Oct. 16 to repair a torn meniscus.
Part of Green Bay’s reasoning for releasing Davis is to avoid giving the Kansas City a conditional seventh-round pick in 2018. That was part of the trade, but since he didn’t last three games on the Packers’ roster, Green Bay won’t need to surrender that draft choice.
If that is the reason and Lacy and Starks aren’t ready next week, that leaves Don Jackson, who was promoted from the practice squad, as the only fully healthy tailback on the roster. The Packers also have fullback Aaron Ripkowski, who ran for 34 yards on six carries in Atlanta. Green Bay could also use wide receivers Ty Mongomery, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams on rushing plays as they did a lot against the Chicago Bears two weeks ago.
For Davis, don’t be surprised if the Chiefs scoop him back up this week. Both Jamaal Charles and Spencer Ware are less than 100 percent, leaving Kansas City thin at the running back position.