The Seahawks continued their look for a possible answer at running back on Monday. With the team being awarded RB Mike Davis on waivers.
Davis was a 4th round pick for the 49ers in 2015; in two years in San Francisco, Davis started just one of 14 games he was active. Over that time he ran for just 108 yards on 54 carries, alongside 10 receptions for 60 yards. His lone touchdown coming last year in his one NFL start.
At South Carolina, Davis was the workhorse. In two years as starter he ran 402 times, 2,100 yards and 20 touchdowns. That production caught the Seahawks attention as Davis took a pre-draft visit to Seattle.
Two years later the Seahawks finally get a chance to take a look at the former South Carolina star. He was expendable after the 49ers spent a day 3 pick on Utah’s RB Joe Williams and traded for Kapri Bibbs to add to Carlos Hyde at running back.
Davis, now in Seattle is added to a somewhat crowded depth chart. 2016 crop of Thomas Rawls, C.J Prosise, Alex Collins were added to in free agency by Eddie Lacy signing from Green Bay.
The team also spending a 7th round pick at last month’s draft on Oklahoma State’s Chris Carson. Also on the roster are Tre Madden, Troymaine Pope, George Farmer, JD McKissic and Terrence Magee.
With the number of backs at 12- including Brandon Cottom getting looks at full back. Davis has a tough competition on numbers alone to make an impact this summer.
But with the production at South Carolina, still somewhat fresh, his name could be in the mix with Alex Collins, Pope and Carson for that 4th RB spot.
After a year where the position was led on the statsheet by the then-cut Christine Michael. As well as unit which was injury hit and hampered for most of the year. The team are making moves to make sure depth won’t be a concern. As well as keeping the three at the front of the line fresher than able to in the past.
A position battle to pay attention to, even this early in the off-season.