Ted Thompson has sent shock waves throughout the state of Wisconsin. Well, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but he has surprised us all by trading a conditional 7th round pick for the Chief’s Knile Davis. Last time Thompson made a trade in-season was 2010 when he traded for safety Anthony Smith.
Davis, a fourth year pro out of Arkansas, has shown – while filling in for Jamal Charles’ various injuries – that he can lead a rushing attack. At 6′, 227lbs Davis has tremendous speed, power and big play ability.
Davis has 11 career touchdowns, 6 of those in the 4th quarter, and 4 coming against the Denver Broncos. That tells me he can produce when a team needs points and can find pay dirt against top tier defenses. He’s also displayed great abilities as a kick returner with 1,879 career return yards and 2 touchdowns.
While he has struggled with fumbles – 13 in his career – and in pass protection, there is reason to believe he has the potential to succeed in the Packers offense. With the news coming out that Eddie Lacy will be placed on Injured Reserve, we can safely assume that Davis will be given plenty of opportunities to carve out a role on this team.
Bringing in outside players doesn’t always pan out the way we expect, but Davis has had some success in this league and might just be exactly what this team needs. Thompson made a low-risk, high-reward move bringing in Davis. We may not see immediate returns with a short week to prepare for tonight’s matchup with Chicago, but once Davis gets comfortable, he could add a dangerous wrinkle to this offense.