The Green Bay Packers have acquired running back Knile Davis from the Kansas City Chiefs in-exchange for a late-round conditional draft pick.
The Kansas City Star was the first media outlet to report the news, which was later confirmed by the Packers and head coach Mike McCarthy during the afternoon portion of the day.
With Eddie Lacy dealing with an ankle injury, and James Starks already out multiple weeks due to knee surgery, the Packers were in serious need of depth at the running back position with their week seven game ahead this Thursday against the Bears.
In last week’s 30-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Lacy was the Packers only active running back. Wide receivers Ty Montgomery and Randall Cobb were the others to receive snaps at running back with Lacy needing to be swapped out more than usual, but both were very unproductive on the ground.
Davis is the first player the Packers have acquired via trade in exactly six years from today’s date, with defensive back Anthony Smith being the last player acquired in 2010.
Kansas City has had Davis on the trading block since March, with a report saying that he requested a trade from the Chiefs. Davis eventually ended up denying that he made the request, but with the Chiefs having Jamaal Charles, Spencer Ware, and Charcandrick West, there wasn’t a place for him on the roster.
Green Bay is still expected to promote running back Don Jackson to the active roster to give them another running back on the roster. Davis is scrambling to learn the Packers playbook, and Jackson is already very familiar with it. This could exponentially lead to Jackson getting the start, and him and Davis splitting the workload two days from now.
Cornerback Sam Shields was placed on injured reserve today to make room for Davis on the Packers’ 53-man roster. Shields, who has been out since week two with a concussion suffered in the Packers week one win over the Jaguars, will be eligible to return at season’s end if the Packers choose to make him their injured reserve return player.
The 25-year-old Davis has rushed for 775 yards on 233 attempts during his four seasons in the NFL up until this point, while also finding the end zone on 11 occasions.
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