Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Davis' return longest in Chiefs history
Kansas City Chiefs running back Knile Davis (34) runs on a kick off return for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
FAYETTEVILLE Despite making a name for himself returning kicks in the preseason, Knile Davis hasn't had many opportunities to do so this season.
Davis, who had a 109-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Kansas City's preseason game against the Steelers, had only three returns prior to Sunday. His fourth one was memorable.
Davis returned a kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown Sunday in the Chiefs' loss to Denver at Arrowhead Stadium. The return was the longest official play in Kansas City history (preseason games aren't part of official records).
“It was a great call by (special teams) coach (Doug) Toub, and I just hit that thing straight” Davis told the Kansas City Star. “The quickest way to a touchdown is north.
“If I catch it, I’m coming out. I told my coaches that.”
Davis saw his most substantial playing time Sunday, also recording a 20-yard run in his only carry and two catches for 18 yards. The rookie also had an 18-yard kickoff return.
The former star running back for the Razorbacks said a Denver player sought him out following the game to congratulate him on the return.
“The guy after the game came up to me and was like ‘I didn’t know you were that fast,’” Davis told the Kansas City Star. “I was like, ‘Yeah, man.’”
Davis has 140 yards of total offense this season. The Chiefs are 9-3 following their third straight loss.