Mike Davis

Atlanta Falcons
Running Back #22
Atlanta Falcons
Running Back #22
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Mike Davis News

Replacing Gurley in ATL

Davis is signing a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Falcons, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Davis gets $3 million guaranteed, cashing in on his stint as the Panthers' starting RB while Christian McCaffrey dealt with various injuries in 2020. Davis failed to maintain his early momentum in the role, but he at least proved himself competent as a runner, receiver and blocker. He could be in the mix for a starting job in Atlanta, where Ito Smith, Qadree Ollison and Tony Brooks-James are the other tailbacks on the offseason roster. Of course, the Falcons still have time to add more free agents, not to mention the 2021 NFL Draft at the end of April. There hasn't been any report of Davis having issues with the ankle that prevented him from playing Week 17 last season.

Mar 23, 2021 7:58 AM EST

Sitting Sunday

Davis (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's contest versus the Saints, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: As is Christian McCaffrey (thigh), leaving Carolina's backfield to Rodney Smith, Trenton Cannon, Alex Armah and perhaps even Curtis Samuel. Davis got far more work than expected this season due to McCaffrey's constant injury woes, which led to career highs in carries (165), catches (59), yards from scrimmage (1,015) and touchdowns (eight) in 15 games. He's an unrestricted free agent in the offense, but considering how well he fared in relief of McCaffrey, the Panthers may seek to bring back the six-year vet as an insurance policy.

Jan 3, 2021 12:15 PM EST

Technically doubtful, won't play

Davis (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Saints, with no expectation of playing, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Coach Matt Rhule called Davis "gutsy" for playing through a significant ankle injury in Carolina's Week 16 win over Washington. The veteran running back was never expected to play in the season finale and hasn't practiced at all this week, leaving Rodney Smith, Trenton Cannon and Curtis Samuel as the likely ballcarriers for Week 17. It'll be the only game Davis has missed all season, and he unexpectedly got the start in 12 of his 15 appearances while Christian McCaffrey (thigh) dealt with various injuries. Davis finishes 2020 with career highs in every major counting stat, but he wasn't able to maintain his early burst of production, ultimately averaging only 3.9 yards per carry and 6.3 per catch. He'll turn 28 in February and can become an unrestricted free agent in March.

Jan 1, 2021 10:27 AM EST

Not practicing Thursday

Davis (ankle) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: Head coach Matt Rhule admitted Wednesday that the running back was unlikely to play in the regular-season finale versus the Saints this weekend, so Davis' absence from practice for the second day in a row comes as no surprise. With Christian McCaffrey (thigh) also ruled out for Week 17, Carolina will likely turn to third-stringer Rodney Smith as its No. 1 back against New Orleans. Receiver Curtis Samuel -- who carried a season-high seven times in the Week 16 win over Washington -- could also take on a more pronounced role out of the backfield.

Dec 31, 2020 10:11 AM EST

Doubtful for Week 17

Coach Matt Rhule said he doesn't expect Davis (ankle) to play this week, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Rhule said Davis was "gutsy" to play through a severe ankle sprain in the Panthers' Week 16 win over Washington. Davis now figures to be held out for the season finale, in which Christian McCaffrey (thigh) also appears unlikely to play. With Rodney Smith and Trenton Cannon left as the healthy running backs, WR Curtis Samuel could push for a repeat of the career-high seven carries he took last week.

Dec 30, 2020 11:42 AM EST

Seen in non-contact jersey

Davis (undisclosed) was sporting a red, non-contact jersey at practice Wednesday, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: As was Christian McCaffrey (thigh), who seems unlikely to play Sunday against the Saints. It remains to be seen if Davis is in any danger of missing the contest, but next up in the team's running back pecking order are Rodney Smith and Trenton Cannon.

Dec 30, 2020 9:33 AM EST

Salvages day with touchdown

Davis rushed the ball 14 times for 28 yards and a touchdown in Week 16 against Washington.

Analysis: Davis was in for a tough matchup against the stout Washington run defense and failed to get going. However, he managed to reach the end zone for a one-yard touchdown rush midway through the second quarter -- his eighth total score of the season. Davis also reached another milestone by eclipsing 1,000 total yards, the first time he's reached the mark as a professional. It's likely that Davis will get a workhorse role one more time in Week 17 against the Saints.

Dec 27, 2020 5:48 PM EST

Set for sixth straight start

Davis is expected to draw his sixth straight start Sunday against Washington with Christian McCaffrey (thigh) listed as doubtful for the contest and not in line to play, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: Davis' efficiency has tailed off as the season has gone along, but he should still be in store for a solid amount of snaps and touches with McCaffrey set to miss yet another contest. Over the last four weeks, Davis has received double-digit carries in every game while also averaging four targets per contest.

Dec 27, 2020 8:25 AM EST

Solid while limited by game script

Davis rushed 14 times for 59 yards and secured both his targets for two yards in the Panthers' 24-16 loss to the Packers on Saturday night.

Analysis: Davis put together another solid performance on the ground, but as has been the case in some of the other contests during which he's filled in for Christian McCaffrey (thigh), his workload was somewhat limited by game script. The veteran did log double-digit carries for the fourth straight contest, but he's failed to exceed 64 rushing yards in any of those games. McCaffrey will look to garner active status for a Week 16 matchup against Washington, but if he's unable to, Davis will be in line for yet another start.

Dec 19, 2020 8:43 PM EST

Continues to fill in for McCaffrey

With Christian McCaffrey (thigh) inactive, Davis is once again in line to serve as the Panthers' lead back Saturday against the Packers.

Analysis: Davis will thus face off against a vulnerable Green Bay defense that has surrendered 4.6 yards per carry this season, with Rodney Smith and Trenton Cannon on hand to provide the Panthers with backfield depth in McCaffrey's continue absence. In last Sunday's 32-27 loss to the Broncos, Davis recorded 51 yards and two TDs on 11 carries, while adding five receptions (on six targets) for 42 yards.

Dec 19, 2020 4:04 PM EST

Another start beacons

Davis is expected to serve as the Panthers' lead back Saturday against the Packers after head coach Matt Rhule suggested earlier this week that Christian McCaffrey (thigh) was unlikely to be available, Darin Gantt of Carolina's official site reports.

Analysis: The Panthers haven't officially ruled McCaffrey out, but that appears to be a formality at this point in light of Rhule's comments along with the fact that the 24-year-old didn't participate in Wednesday's practice. As a result, Davis looks poised to pick up his 11th start of the season, this time matching up against a vulnerable Green Bay defense that has surrendered 4.6 yards per carry this season.

Dec 16, 2020 4:27 PM EST

Scores twice via ground

Davis registered 51 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries, adding five receptions for 42 yards during Sunday's 32-27 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: Davis garnered just 52.4 percent of Carolina's carries in a pass-heavy game script, as star running back Christian McCaffrey (thigh) sat out his 10th game of the 2020 campaign. The South Carolina product still carved his way to a profitable fantasy day, notching a pair of rushing scores from inside the 10-yard line while posting yet another solid showing as a pass catcher. As has been the case all season, Davis' role for Week 15 hinges on McCaffrey's availability. If he's handed the keys as the top back once again against the Packers, Davis would be a strong play against a defense that's surrendered the eight-most receptions to opposing RBs.

Dec 13, 2020 1:59 PM EST

Primed for another start

Davis likely will get his 10th start of the season, with teammate Christian McCaffrey (thigh/shoulder) listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Analysis: Davis came pretty close to McCaffrey-level production his first three weeks in the lead role, but he's been mediocre for nearly two months now, finishing between 8.4 and 15.9 PPR points in seven straight games. The Panthers started to give Rodney Smith and Trenton Cannon some more reps before the Week 13 bye, though Davis did get 15 carries and six targets on 57 percent snap share in the team's last game, a 28-27 loss to Minnesota in Week 12.

Dec 11, 2020 12:13 PM EST

Garners 79 total yards in loss

Davis rushed 15 times for 55 yards and brought in three of six targets for 24 yards in the Panthers' 28-27 loss to the Vikings on Sunday.

Analysis: The versatile veteran logged another start for Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) and was serviceable from a fantasy perspective, but he continued to scuffle for running room against a Vikings defense that had only been about league average against opposing ground attacks. Davis barely eclipsed 4.0 yards per carry in the prior two games and fell just short of the mark Sunday, making his current starting stint less productive overall than the one he enjoyed earlier in the season when McCaffrey was on injured reserve with an ankle sprain. With his star teammate projected to return after the Week 13 bye against the Broncos, Davis appears set to return to a complementary role.

Nov 29, 2020 2:44 PM EST

Yet another start on tap

Davis will take over as the starting running back Sunday after Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) was ruled out another week, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: This one wasn't particularly surprising considering coach Matt Rhule suggested the star running back was "closer to doubtful" for Sunday's game against the Vikings. Davis' stint as the Panthers starter likely is nearing its close, however, as McCaffrey is expected to play at some point this season, and perhaps even after the team's Week 13 bye. The emergence of Curtis Samuel as a crucial intermediate receiving option has drastically hindered Davis' value in PPR formats considering the 27-year-old has seen 23 targets over the last six games after registering 33 in his first four games as the fill-in starter.

Nov 28, 2020 10:24 AM EST

Gets back into end zone Sunday

Davis rushed 19 times for 64 yards and a touchdown and brought in both his targets for 15 yards in the Panthers' 20-0 win over the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: Making another start for Christian McCaffrey (shoulder), Davis looked appreciably better than he had in weeks while facing some tough matchups. The veteran opened the scoring on the day with a one-yard walk-in touchdown to cap off a 10-play, 95-yard march late in the first quarter, a play that helped ensure he wouldn't have another pedestrian fantasy performance. Davis will be called upon again in Week 12 if McCaffrey remains sidelined for a Week 12 road matchup against the Vikings.

Nov 22, 2020 1:41 PM EST

In line for another start

Davis will lead Carolina's backfield against the Lions on Sunday with Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) ruled out.

Analysis: Davis struggled to produce against an elite Tampa Bay run defense last weekend even with McCaffrey out, as he was held to 32 yards on seven carries and 12 yards on four catches. He also missed some time while getting a dislocated finger addressed in the locker room, per Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer, but given that the 27-year-old was able to return to action it doesn't seem like he's in any real danger of missing time. Davis averaged 86.5 yards from scrimmage and scored four times in place of McCaffrey from Weeks 3 to 8, and Detroit's 30th ranked run defense (141.6 yards per game) will provide him a favorable matchup to bounce back.

Nov 18, 2020 10:01 AM EST

Scant opportunity in lopsided loss

Davis rushed seven times for 32 yards and brought in four of five targets for 12 yards in the Panthers' 46-23 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: The versatile back was held back by both a finger injury and game script Sunday, leading to a disappointing afternoon for those who'd held high hopes for him in another spot start for Christian McCaffrey (shoulder). Davis' challenge on the ground was always going to be steep versus the Buccaneers' elite front seven, but Tampa Bay also did a good job defending the 27-year-old when he served as an outlet option for Teddy Bridgewater. McCaffrey reportedly has a solid chance of returning Week 11 against the Lions, a development that would figure to relegate Davis to part-time duty should it transpire.

Nov 15, 2020 1:56 PM EST

Back in Sunday's game

Davis (finger) returned to Sunday's contest against the Buccaneers, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: Davis missed some time in the second half due to a finger injury, but now that he's back he'll look to build upon the nine touches for 39 yards from scrimmage that he had prior to his departure.

Nov 15, 2020 12:39 PM EST

Injures finger Sunday

Davis suffered a finger injury during Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: Davis hit the locker room in the second half before the Panthers deemed him questionable to return to action. If he fails to do so, he'll finish Week 10 with nine touches for 39 yards from scrimmage.

Nov 15, 2020 12:28 PM EST

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