Most teams use a running back by committee approach in the backfield these days. So, when it comes to running backs, they don’t look for a starter and a couple of backups. They want a few guys they can plug in and play as they deem necessary. The Pittsburgh Steelers are not one of those teams.
Pittsburgh is a one-horse town when it comes to the running game. But once in a while, even the best lead horse gets tired or hurt. In those cases, the team better have a good, quality backup that can step in and get the job done. For the Steelers, DeAngelo Williams has filled that role, but it appears that the team may be going in another direction this season—Knile Davis.
The team announced that it had signed the 25-year old Davis on Monday.
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A career back-up in Kansas City, he became expendable with the emergence of Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware. So, the Chiefs shipped him off to Green Bay last year for a draft pick. He never quite caught, was eventually dropped, and ended up returning to Kansas City.
He doesn’t have a lot of wear and tear on the tires with only 250 career carries while Williams is one of the oldest running backs in the league. However, Davis has never averaged better than 3.5 yards a carry while that is the lowest per carry average Williams has ever had (last year and in 2014 with the Panthers).
For now, the Steelers do not have Williams under contract. There has been no indication that they intend on signing him. But if no one signs him, it wouldn’t hurt to give him the veteran minimum and allow him to compete for time.