Mike Davis
Mike Davis
28-Year-Old Running BackRB
Atlanta Falcons
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Brought in to Carolina as a depth option in 2019, Davis found himself in the lead role in the Panthers' backfield by Week 2 last season, after Christian McCaffrey suffered the first serious injury of his pro career. Davis proved up to the task of a three-down workload, posting a 30-206-2 line through the air on 33 targets over the next four games while adding 220 rushing yards on 4.8 yards per carry. He wasn't able to match that production the rest of the campaign as McCaffrey spotted in and out of the lineup, but it was enough to earn Davis a two-year deal in the offseason from the Falcons. Davis has the frame to handle significant snaps and his pass-catching skills were evident in college, but the lack of an elite trait has always pigeon-holed him as a backup since being a fourth-round pick of the 49ers in 2015. With Todd Gurley no longer in Atlanta, Davis may finally have a starting job, as the alternatives are Cordarrelle Patterson, 2019 fifth-round pick Qadree Ollison and undrafted rookie Javian Hawkins. New head coach Arthur Smith also has a track record of leaning heavily on one back, though how much of that tendency was due to having Derrick Henry at his disposal remains to be seen. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Falcons in March of 2021.
Enters camp as starter
RBAtlanta Falcons
July 21, 2021
Davis enter training camp as Atlanta's 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 in his career, though he does have 22 NFL starts to his name, including 12 in 2020 for the Panthers. The 28-year-old landed in Atlanta on a two-year, $5.5 million contract this offseason, joining a backfield where the other options are Qadree Ollison, Cordarrelle Patterson, Tony Brooks-James and a pair of undrafted rookies (Javian Hawkins and 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 true three-down role.
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How do Mike Davis' 2020 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
18.8%
 
Positive Run %
83.6%
 
% Yds After Contact
70.6%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.7
 
Rushing TD %
3.6%
 
Touches Per Game
14.9
 
% Snaps w/Touch
38.6%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-4.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.10
 
% Team Air Yards
-1.5%
 
% Team Targets
13.3%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-0.9 Yds
 
Catch Rate
84.3%
 
Drop Rate
4.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.4
 
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Snap Counts
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#% of Team Snaps

50745%
32729%
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Released by the Bears midway through the 2019 campaign despite signing a two-year deal with them last offseason, Davis made five appearances for the Panthers to end the year, but was hardly featured on offense. With the benefit of an acclimation period, the veteran now figures to compete with Reggie Bonnafon and Jordan Scarlett for spare snaps behind superstar tailback Christian McCaffrey. Although the backup job would hold some upside in case of injury, historically McCaffrey has hardly ever left the field when healthy and it's not yet certain Davis will make Carolina's regular season roster.
After two seasons stuck on the bench in San Francisco, Davis traveled up the coast to Seattle in 2017 and saw a marginal increase in opportunities in a backfield that was still trying to replace Marshawn Lynch. Despite the addition of first-round pick Rashaad Penny and the emergence of Chris Carson, Davis finally got his chance in Week 4 of 2018, busting out for 101 yards and two TDs on 21 carries against the Cardinals. While that ended up being his high-water mark for the year, Davis was an effective part of the Seahawks' new committee, running with power and flashing upside as a receiver for the first time since his college days. The performance earned him a free-agent payday in Chicago, where he'll potentially step in as the new complement to Tarik Cohen in place of Jordan Howard. Davis offers more versatility than Howard, without much loss of effectiveness on early downs or short-yardage spots. Of course, the team also added David Montgomery in the third round of the draft, and the rookie will compete for many of the same snaps as Davis. Despite the change in uniform and a two-year, $6 million contract, the outlook for playing time hasn't improved all that much.
Cut loose by the 49ers last preseason, Davis wound up on the Seahawks' practice squad and eventually their game-day roster. He played six games without doing anything too noteworthy, as his mediocre mark of 3.5 YPC was still a career high. The 2015 fourth-round pick has the frame Seattle looks for in a running back at 5-9, 217, and he showed some three-down upside in college at South Carolina, but those skills have been in little evidence since turning pro. The team made a big commitment to Rashaad Penny in the draft and brings back last year's Week 1 starter in Chris Carson, so Davis seems pegged purely for a depth role if he retains a spot. He caught a career-high 15 passes last season, and he could carve out an occasional third-down role if he proves to be the back most capable of protecting Russell Wilson from blitzes.
Davis, a former fourth-round selection, joined the Seahawks in the offseason after spending last season with division-rival San Francisco. Over the past two seasons with the 49ers, Davis recorded 108 yards and one touchdown on 54 attempts to go along with 10 receptions for 53 yards in 14 games. He'll now battle with a collection of young talent to secure a reserve spot on in Seattle's backfield. Davis lacks experience which could hurt his chances, but his pass-catching ability out of the backfield could help him secure a bottom of the depth chart role in 2017.
A depth back in his rookie campaign, Davis turned in disappointing results with a 1.7 YPC on 35 rushing attempts. To add insult to injury, he suffered a hand injury and missed a good portion of the season. He entered training camp looking quicker and the results showed in his first two preseason games where gained 98 yards on just 10 carries. The strong start has made Davis a likely candidate to make the team as a third or fourth running back.
The 49ers selected Davis out of South Carolina in the fourth round this offseason. At 5-foot-9, Davis may not seem like a north-south runner, but his 220-pound frame and low center of gravity give him the ability to power his way between the tackles. He is currently behind Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush, and Kendall Hunter on the depth chart, but a strong training camp and preseason could have him jump either Bush or Hunter. Davis is also best suited to be the every-down back should Hyde go down with an injury this season.
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Replacing Gurley in ATL
RBAtlanta Falcons
Ankle
March 23, 2021
Davis is signing a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Falcons, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Sitting Sunday
RBCarolina Panthers
Ankle
January 3, 2021
Davis (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's contest versus the Saints, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.
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Technically doubtful, won't play
RBCarolina Panthers
Ankle
January 1, 2021
Davis (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Saints, but the Panthers have no expectation of him playing, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
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Not practicing Thursday
RBCarolina Panthers
Ankle
December 31, 2020
Davis (ankle) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.
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Doubtful for Week 17
RBCarolina Panthers
Ankle
December 30, 2020
Head coach Matt Rhule said Wednesday that he doesn't expect Davis (ankle) to play Week 17 versus the Saints, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
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