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How Will Mike Davis Fit Into the Bears Offense?

Last season with Seattle, Mike Davis rushed for 514 yards and 4 touchdowns while tallying 214 receiving yards as well as a receiving touchdown.

Last season with Seattle, Mike Davis rushed for 514 yards and 4 touchdowns while tallying 214 receiving yards as well as a receiving touchdown. He was a solid committee running back in Seattle but with the the younger Rashaad Penny in the back field, there was not enough room for both of them.

Davis seems to be a solid upgrade from Jordan Howard. They have a similar running style but Davis is a much better receiver despite Howard’s improvement from year to year. Davis being a better receiver opens the field more and pulls some pressure away from the offensive-line.

Rushing

Davis runs extremely hard and has great vision in the backfield. He can make the necessary cut backs to gain extra yardage and does not look easy to take down with a single defender. Also, Davis is very protective of the ball only having fumbled once in his 4 year NFL career.

In the clip above, you can see just how shifty Davis is on the field. You can also see just how well he sees the field with the defender crashing down and him seeing the opportunity to make a quick move and change direction for the touchdown.

This next clip shows more of his ability to make people miss. Davis pretty much stopped on a dime and with another change of direction embarrasses the defender. I would also like to note how quickly he starts running again. He makes his initial move and keeps running full steam ahead leaving any other flashy moves for the other guys.

Receiving:

I love Davis’ ability to catch and run with the ball. He can make plays when running routes and is great in the screen game. Being paired with Tarik Cohen could spell trouble for defenders looking to make a quick play.

This play was executed perfectly by Davis. He catches the ball in front of his body giving him the ability to continue with his route so he doesn’t have to slow down when changing from a receiver to a runner. Also, he makes another slight move to make the first defender miss.

I believe Davis is going to make a great impact on the Bears’ rushing game just by being a jack-of-all-trades back. It will make the offense much more unpredictable when it is solely him in the backfield. For the money he is receiving, I think this is a great pickup for the Bears

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