Mike Davis

Baltimore Ravens
Running Back #22
Baltimore Ravens
Running Back #22
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Finds home in Baltimore

Davis is signing a contract with the Ravens on Tuesday, NFL reporter Jordan Schultz reports.

Analysis: Baltimore explored signing other free agent running backs earlier this offseason, but the team passed on those options and only brought in rookie sixth-round pick Tyler Badie via the 2022 NFL Draft. Davis' arrival provides the Ravens with a proven veteran option while both J.K Dobbins (knee) and Gus Edwards (knee) work back from ACL tears. The 29-year-old Davis was outshone by Cordarrelle Patterson during his time with the Falcons last season, but perhaps Baltimore's scheme will allow him better opportunities for success. With the Panthers back in 2020, he racked up over 1,000 scrimmage yards and eight total touchdowns through 15 games.

May 10, 2022 6:29 AM EST

Let go by Atlanta

The Falcons will release Davis (ribs) on Monday, NFL reporter Jordan Schultz reports.

Analysis: The Falcons will save $2.5 million against the cap by moving on from Davis, who was quickly displaced by Cordarrelle Patterson as Atlanta's preferred option on the ground in 2021 after inking a two-year, $5.5 million deal last offseason. Another team may view the 29-year-old Davis as a decent depth option, but the Falcons prepare set to proceed with fifth-round rookie Tyler Allgeier or veteran Damien Williams as the top complement to Patterson.

May 2, 2022 6:20 AM EST

Fumbles twice in loss

Davis (ribs) rushed six times for 30 yards and caught all three of his targets for minus two yards during Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Saints. He also lost two fumbles.

Analysis: Davis led the Falcons in rushing attempts and yards before leaving the game with a rib injury. In his first season with the Falcons, he finished with 138 rushes for 503 yards and three touchdowns, while adding 44 receptions and 259 yards and a score through the air. The veteran running back signed a two-year deal with Atlanta before the 2021 season, and is expected to return to a similar role during the 2022 campaign.

Jan 10, 2022 10:17 AM EST

Hurts ribs in season finale

Davis injured his ribs during Sunday's game against the Saints, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Before his departure, Davis put together an ignominious stat line composed of six carries for 30 yards, three catches (on three targets) for minus-2 yards and two lost fumbles. With Davis out of the lineup, Cordarrelle Patterson and Qadree Ollison are the Falcons' options out of the backfield.

Jan 9, 2022 4:12 PM EST

Paces backfield in loss

Davis rushed eight times for 42 yards and a touchdown while bringing in one of two targets for 15 yards in the Falcons' 29-15 loss to the Bills on Sunday.

Analysis: Davis' rushing yardage total paced the Falcons on the afternoon and second-highest tally in that category since Week 5. The veteran has been more efficient on the ground in recent weeks with 4.6 yards per carry over his last five contests, but his modest volume while splitting the rushing workload with Cordarrelle Patterson is likely to cap his fantasy upside again in Week 18 versus the Saints.

Jan 2, 2022 4:46 PM EST

Compiles 35 total yards in win

Davis rushed seven times for 28 yards and brought in his only target for seven yards in the Falcons' 20-16 win over the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: Davis and Cordarrelle Patterson logged an identical number of carries in a game in which neither back distinguished themselves much despite a favorable matchup. Davis' sparse role n the passing game was also a disappointment after he'd also logged just a sole target in Week 15, rendering his fantasy outlook rather bleak for a very tough Week 17 road matchup against the Bills.

Dec 26, 2021 4:44 PM EST

Gets six touches in loss

Davis rushed six times for 21 yards and failed to bring in his lone target in Sunday's 31-13 loss to San Francisco.

Analysis: Davis saw his usage drop back to single digits in terms of touches after getting 15 last week. Cordarrelle Patterson (11 carries for 18 yards) also struggled as the Falcons abandoned the run game in the second half after falling behind big to the 49ers. Davis requires a favorable game script and high efficiency on the limited touches he gets in order to have fantasy value, so he should be treated as a fringe option heading into a Week 16 matchup against Detroit.

Dec 19, 2021 11:24 PM EST

Strong all-around production in win

Davis rushed 11 times for 44 yards and secured five of six targets for 42 yards in the Falcons' 29-21 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: For a change, Davis actually had more success than backfield mate Cordarrelle Patterson on the ground, and he outpaced the versatile veteran on the pass-catching front by a wide margin as well. It's the type of production fantasy managers expected from Davis heading into the season, when it appeared he would fill a true lead-back role for the Falcons under new coach Arthur Smith's scheme. While Patterson's emergence and Atlanta's spotty run blocking has prevented that from happening, Davis does now have a 15-76-1 line on the ground and 9-79 tally through the air over the last pair of contests, giving him some momentum heading into a critical Week 15 road battle versus the 49ers.

Dec 12, 2021 8:38 PM EST

69 total yards, TD in loss

Davis rushed four times for 32 yards and a touchdown and brought in all four targets for 37 yards in the Falcons' 30-17 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: Davis ceded clear lead-back duties to Cordarrelle Patterson, but he ended up turning in a much more efficient performance than he typically does with a bigger workload. The veteran also scored his first rushing touchdown since Week 5 on a nifty 17-yard touchdown scamper just after the midway point of the first quarter. Davis' rushing volume is difficult to predict week to week, but with a steady role in the passing game that includes three straight multi-catch efforts, he has value in deeper formats going into a Week 14 road battle against the Panthers.

Dec 5, 2021 4:58 PM EST

Totals 41 scrimmage yards

Davis rushed five times for 16 yards and caught three of four targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 21-14 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Cordarrelle Patterson (ankle) returned from a one-game absence to lead Atlanta's rushing attack with 108 yards and two touchdowns, while Davis and Wayne Gallman (four carries for 19 yards) split the leftover scraps. Davis matched his forgettable season average of 3.2 yards per carry in this one, and he'll be tough to trust in Week 13 against the stingy Tampa Bay run defense.

Nov 29, 2021 6:27 AM EST

Disappointingly uninvolved Thursday

Davis rushed three times for one yard and brought in three of four targets for 20 yards in the Falcons' 25-0 loss to the Patriots on Thursday night.

Analysis: With Cordarrelle Patterson (ankle) sidelined, conventional wisdom dictated a larger role for Davis, who instead saw Qadree Ollison pace the backfield with nine carries. Game script ultimately nullified the ground attack for the most part anyhow, but the fact Ollison was given the bulk of opportunities was particularly galling for Davis' fantasy managers that had seen him already lose work to Patterson throughout the season. With his versatile backfield mate likely to be healthy enough to return for a Week 12 road matchup against the Jaguars, Davis' outlook doesn't project to brighten.

Nov 18, 2021 8:55 PM EST

Poised for more work Thursday

Davis is in line to serve as the Falcons' No. 1 running back Thursday versus the Patriots with Cordarrelle Patterson (ankle) sidelined, Tori McElhaney of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Prior to the Falcons' Week 6 bye, Davis averaged 16 touches per game, but since then his workload has been cut in half to eight per game over the last four outings. With Patterson tending to an ankle sprain, Davis could approach his output from that five-game stretch to begin the campaign (58.4 yards from scrimmage per game, two TDs). Davis will have to contend with Wayne Gallman -- who turned 16 touches into 76 total yards during this past Sunday's blowout loss in Dallas -- and rarely used Qadree Ollison out of Atlanta's backfield.

Nov 18, 2021 4:06 PM EST

Takes back seat in loss

Davis had four rushes for 18 yards and failed to haul in his only target during Sundays' 43-3 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Davis' four rushing attempts tied his season-low, and he has now failed to surpass 20 rushing yards in three of his last four contests. After a productive start to the season, Davis has seen his production drop significantly since the Falcons' Week 6 bye. Despite Wayne Gallman leading the team in rushing attempts and yards against the Cowboys, Davis will likely remain the No. 2 running back behind Cordarrelle Patterson. However, Davis will likely be a risky flex option against the Patriots in Week 11.

Nov 15, 2021 11:58 AM EST

Stifled by Saints

Davis rushed nine times for 13 yards and caught one of two targets for five yards in Sunday's 27-25 win over New Orleans.

Analysis: Davis struggled to find much running room, and his struggles were exemplified by a one-yard loss on a 4th-and-inches rushing attempt in the second quarter. He also inexcusably put the ball on the ground as the Falcons were running out the clock before a game-winning field-goal attempt, but luckily for Davis, Atlanta was able to keep the ball. With no more than 53 rushing yards in any game this season and just two scrimmage touchdowns while splitting backfield duties with Cordarrelle Patterson, Davis will be a low-end flex option against the Cowboys in Week 10.

Nov 7, 2021 3:16 PM EST

Team-high 44 rushing yards

Davis rushed nine times for 44 yards and caught five of six targets for 22 yards during the Falcons' 19-13 loss to the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: After Davis recorded single-digit rushes for just the second time all season last Sunday in Miami, the veteran running back was expected to bounce back Week 8. While he did see an increase in touches, his production still was limited due to Cordarelle Patterson's usage (14 touches for 72 total yards and one TD). Davis likely will continue to split snaps with Patterson, but it appears that the latter will be the more effective fantasy option moving forward.

Oct 31, 2021 5:36 PM EST

Should see more work ahead

Coach Arthur Smith suggested Davis should get more work in future weeks, noting that his reduced volume during Sunday's win over Miami largely was a product of the team calling fewer run plays, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Smith seems to be suggesting that a bunch of Atlanta's rushes were audibles from called pass plays, which favored Patterson (14 carries, five targets) being in the backfield rather than Davis. There was also a point in the game where Davis appeared to limp off the field, but he returned shortly thereafter and isn't listed on Atlanta's Wednesday injury report. Davis did play 60 percent of offensive snaps last week, so even with four carries and no targets, it's not like he was banished from the offense. Of course, Patterson has been far more productive this year, and his share of the workload seems to grow with each passing week. That all makes Davis a shaky fantasy play for Week 8 against Carolina, though a return to his pre-Week-7 workload wouldn't be shocking.

Oct 27, 2021 1:57 PM EST

Surprisingly underused in win

Davis rushed just four times for 10 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game in the Falcons' 30-28 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.

Analysis: Per Mike Clay of ESPN.com, Davis played on approximately 60.0 percent of the Falcons' snaps yet had just the four touches, while backfield mate Cordarrelle Patterson recorded 14 rush attempts and saw five targets. Davis had carried at least 12 times in four of Atlanta's first five games and has seen double-digit targets in each so Sunday's downturn can, for now, be classified as an outlier. The veteran back will hope to get back to a much more normal workload against the Panthers at home in Week 8.

Oct 24, 2021 6:00 PM EST

Reaches end zone again

Davis recorded 13 rushes for 53 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Jets. He added two receptions for eight yards.

Analysis: Davis was overshadowed by Cordarrelle Patterson for large stretches of the game, and Davis ended up seeing one fewer carry and six fewer touches overall compared to Patterson. Davis also had to come overcome a lost fumble that occurred late in the third quarter, though the team showed little hesitation turning to him in subsequent possessions. He did the majority of his damage on the ground on a 17-yard rush midway through the third quarter and on a three-yard touchdown plunge that ultimately clinched a win for Atlanta. Davis continues to cede work to Patterson, but he has surpassed 60 total yards in four of five games this season and has found the end zone in consecutive contests. He and the Falcons will head into a Week 6 bye and will return for a Week 7 matchup against Miami.

Oct 10, 2021 10:23 AM EST

Catches TD pass in loss

Davis carried the ball 13 times for only 14 yards but caught both his targets for 12 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-30 loss to Washington.

Analysis: It was the worst performance yet this season for Davis on the ground, and the veteran back has yet to rush for more than 50 yards in a game for the Falcons, but he salvaged his day with a seven-yard TD grab early in the fourth quarter for Atlanta's final points of the afternoon. With Cordarrelle Patterson becoming a focal point of the offense, Davis' role and volume don't seem likely to see a boost any time soon, but the fact that he's still seeing work in the red zone offers some optimism better days could be ahead for him. Davis will look for a breakout in Week 5 at home against a Jets defense that just got trampled by Derrick Henry.

Oct 3, 2021 2:49 PM EST

Another 16-touch game

Davis rushed 12 times for 50 yards and caught all four of his targets for 20 yards in Sunday's 17-14 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Davis' output has been rather consistent through three weeks, with his 70 scrimmage yards Sunday falling right in his usual range to this point. The veteran missed out on a good opportunity to score his first touchdown, though, getting stuffed on a one-yard attempt in the fourth quarter. While backup Cordarrelle Patterson once again made a bigger impact than Davis, totaling 102 yards on his 13 touches, Davis at least remains a steady presence in Atlanta's offense with a bit of untapped upside should he begin to find the end zone soon.

Sep 26, 2021 2:28 PM EST

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