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Mike Davis

Atlanta Falcons
Running Back #22
Atlanta Falcons
Running Back #22
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Logs 16 total touches in loss

Davis rushed nine times for 38 yards and brought in all seven targets for 25 yards in the Falcons' 48-25 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: Davis managed the relatively rare feat of averaging more than four yards per tote against the brick wall that is the Buccaneers' defensive front, but his opportunities were limited overall in a game where the Falcons were unsurprisingly forced to lean heavily on the pass. Davis benefited from that development, however, putting in his usual stellar work as a receiver out of the backfield to give fantasy managers rostering him in PPR formats a decent tally on the day. Davis does continue to share a good bit of touches hybrid backfield mate Cordarrelle Patterson, but he could enjoy a more voluminous workload on the ground in Week 3 against a Giants team the Falcons should be able to keep pace with.

Sep 19, 2021 8:28 PM EST

Garners 72 total yards as starter

Davis rushed 15 times for 49 yards and secured three of six targets for 23 yards in the Falcons' 32-6 loss to the Eagles on Sunday.

Analysis: Davis was announced as the No. 1 back ahead of Sunday's season-opening contest, and while head coach Arthur Smith held true to that pledge, Davis' rushing attempts were ultimately capped to an extent due to game flow. The veteran back was able to cobble together a solid fantasy output from a yardage perspective due to his pass-catching role, but backfield mate Cordarrelle Patterson, a former receiver with a similar skillset, garnered nine touches of his own, including seven carries. Next up for Davis is the unenviable task of facing the Buccaneers' run defense on the road in Week 2.

Sep 12, 2021 4:07 PM EST

Confirmed as Week 1 starter

Falcons coach Arthur Smith confirmed that Davis will be the team's starting running back for Sunday against the Eagles, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Davis will open his Falcons tenure with a home game against a team with a new coaching staff, though Philadelphia still has a strong defensive line led by DT Fletcher Cox. In terms of workload, Davis should be fairly busy given that Cordarrelle Patterson and Wayne Gallman are the other backfield options in Atlanta. It's arguably the least impressive backfield in the league, or it least it was until the Ravens lost their top three guys to season-ending injuries. In any case, Davis has a solid chance to rank among the top-10 RBs in Week 1 snap share, but top-10 production is a much bigger ask.

Sep 10, 2021 10:09 AM EST

Logs one snap Sunday

Davis was on the field for just one play before giving way to the backups in Sunday's preseason loss to the Browns. He did not receive a touch during his time on the field.

Analysis: There are no reports of any injury here, so the Falcons were just playing it safe with the majority of their starters. Davis is firmly entrenched as the Falcons' starting running back, but he might have to share the workload with youngsters -- i.e. Caleb Huntley, who was the first to relieve Davis on Sunday -- over the course of the season. We should get a clearer picture on how big Davis' role can be when the Falcons take on the Eagles in Week 1.

Aug 29, 2021 9:28 PM EST

Suiting up Sunday

Davis is in uniform ahead of Sunday's preseason game versus the Browns, Michael Rothstein of reports.

Analysis: Along with Davis, both Matt Ryan and Calvin Ridley also are dressed, so Atlanta may be getting its first sight of its key skill-position players before the regular season.

Aug 29, 2021 5:00 PM EST

Held out again

Davis is among the Falcons' key players yet to see preseason action, Jeff Schultz of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It remains to be seen if the likes of Davis, QB Matt Ryan, TE Kyle Pitts and WR Calvin Ridley will see any action in next Sunday's preseason finale against the Browns, but Schultz suggests that they may take the field for a drive or two in that contest. Either way, Davis remains firmly atop the Falcons' running back depth chart as things stand, with Cordarrelle Patterson, Qadree Ollison, D'Onta Foreman, Caleb Huntley and Javian Hawkins in the backup/complementary mix.

Aug 22, 2021 7:39 AM EST

Enters camp as starter

Davis enter training camp as the projected starter at running back, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Entering camp atop the depth chart is a first for Davis, though he does have 22 NFL starts to his name, including 12 last year for the Panthers. The 28-year-old now finds himself in Atlanta on a two-year, $5.5 million contract, joining a backfield where the other options are Qadree Ollison, Cordarrelle Patterson, Tony Brooks-James and a pair of undrafted rookies (Javian Hawkins, Caleb Huntley). New head coach Arthur Smith isn't likely to recreate his powerful rushing attack from Tennessee, but he should at least be more committed to his running game than the previous regime in Atlanta. It's a nice opportunity for Davis, though some form of committee is more likely than a three-down role.

Jul 21, 2021 12:18 PM EST

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 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

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