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Welcome to the Bears: RB Mike Davis
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Davis is coming off of the best year of his four-year career, rushing for 514 yards and four touchdowns on 112 carries in a crowded Seattle Seahawks backfield, resulting in an average of 4.6 yards per carry. He also caught 34 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown, showing off some value as a receiver out of the backfield. He spent the past two seasons in Seattle after playing for the San Francisco 49ers the two years before. The five-foot-nine, 217-pound back is a compact and powerful runner with good contact balance and impressive ball-carrier vision.

Davis brings some talent to a Bears’ backfield that is more than likely not finished with its makeover. It is unknown exactly what else the team plans on doing at the running back position, but he serves as solid depth who could see some snaps in short-yardage situations.

https://www.windycitygridiron.com/2019/3/11/18260877/chicago-bears-nfl-free-agency-sign-running-back-mike-davis

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Re: Welcome to the Bears: RB Mike Davis
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Well, can't say I saw this coming.

I don't know much about him, I don't remember ever noticing him. So far Pace has shown a good nose for RBs, hope he has struck gold again.

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While Davis isn’t a headline-grabbing transaction, his addition is a good one for a Bears team looking to add a more explosive three-down back to the roster than Jordan Howard. And while Davis doesn’t have anywhere near the history of production Howard has, he’s also had limited opportunities in his previous stops in San Francisco and Seattle.

Davis joined the 49ers when Carlos Hyde was anointed the franchise back of the future and battled injuries that limited his ability to get going in San Francisco. Davis then signed with the Seahawks, who gave him a legitimate starting opportunity over a six-game stretch in 2017. But despite his promising production that season, the Seahawks drafted Rashad Penny in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft and enjoyed a breakout performance from Chris Carson last year.

Still, Davis finished 2018 averaging 4.6 yards per carry and looked every bit the part of a potentially dominant starting running back.

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Considering the low-risk that comes along with the Davis signing, this move is a big win for the Bears.

GRADE: B+

https://bearswire.usatoday.com/2019/03/11/chicago-bears-mike-davis-nfl-free-agency-grade/

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Re: Welcome to the Bears: RB Mike Davis
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NFL reactions to Bears signing Mike Davis

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A look at what he brings to the table

Here’s a 20-yard Mike Davis TD run from last year. Change of direction, burst and vision. All look like things Matt Nagy values in a running back. #ImgPlay pic.twitter.com/CWxFGQ9R2t

— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) March 11, 2019

JJ Stankevitz of NBC Sports Chicago shared the GIF above of Davis against the Arizona Cardinals. He noted the 20-yard touchdown run showed the change of direction, burst and vision that the Bears have been talking about wanting from their running backs. That is something that Jordan Howard struggled to show a lot of last season in Nagy's scheme. Most notably, Howard's ability to burst through the hole looked largely limited in comparison to how he looked in the past. 

Stroke of genius

I've been a big fan of Mike Davis since his days at South Carolina. He's battled injuries, but if he can stay healthy? Dude has a great combination of traits and can thrive in Nagy's offense. This could be another stroke of genius by Ryan Pace. #Bears

— Bryan Perez (@BryanPerezNFL) March 11, 2019

Bryan Perez, editor of The Bears Wire, is a big fan of the Davis signing for Chicago. He liked what he saw of Davis during his time at South Carolina but also noted Davis has battled some injuries at the NFL level. Perez believes that Davis is a great fit in Nagy's system because he does a lot of things that Nagy looks for in his running backs. Perez went as far as to say the Davis signing could be a "stroke of genius" by Bears general manager Ryan Pace.

We'll have to wait and see how this one all plays out.

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His catching ability is big

I don’t know if Mike Davis is much more talented than Jordan Howard, but he’s shown an ability to catch footballs, which makes him a better fit. And he’ll cost $1 million more than Howard in 2019 so eh whatever.

— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) March 11, 2019

Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports had a logical view of this situation. He noted he is not sure if Davis is a better runner than Howard, but he does know that Davis is a better pass-catcher than Howard.

Howard entered the league in 2016 and has caught 72 passes for 568 yards with one receiving touchdowns. He caught 29 passes for 298 yards with one touchdown as a rookie before catching 23 passes for 125 yards with zero touchdowns during the 2017 season. Howard caught just 20 passes for 145 yards with a long of 18 yards last season. Howard's inability to make consistent receptions in the passing game is one of the reasons why he is deemed a poor fit in Nagy's scheme. 

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https://247sports.com/nfl/chicago-bears/LongFormArticle/Mike-Davis-Bears-signing-reaction-129969132/

Just a few of the comments in the link.

 

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Re: Welcome to the Bears: RB Mike Davis
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Seems like a lot of "ifs" surrounding this guy.

At least he isn't Le'Veon Bell.

What will the future bring? We shall see, won't we!

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Sounds like someone offered up a 3rd rounder or better for Howard. With Davis having injury issues, this may be a huge mistake. Bears better have a plan for adding depth to that RB room, because Mizzell isn't the answer to anything.

What will the future bring? We shall see, won't we!

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I was a big fan of Davis at South Carolina... as far as injuries goes, he hasn't had anything major, just enough to keep him from being able to really battle the starter for touches.  He really hasn't been handed the keys before and with a full opportunity he may be a great addition.  Plus he isn't going to be expensive, so he's worth the risk.  Now if the Bears get a trade offer for Howard they like they can move on it and then add some further RB depth in the 3rd/4th round of the draft.

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I see this as an upgrade over Mizzell and means they could just let Cunningham go.

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Another great addition to the Bears. Allows Pace to trade Howard and not have to worry about who will replace hin. He will be a solid addition. If the offense goes more passing, we will not need a traditional bell cow. This move allows Nagy to utilize the Joystick in a different ways. I can't wait to see CP, TG and the joystick in a formation at the same time with Davis being able to slide out of the backfield.

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I still believe that Howard will be on the roster this season unless Pace is offered a deal he can't pass up. Perhaps a 3rd rounder for him. I just don't see that happening. Davis will be looked at, probably a draft pick, maybe Nall. If any of them come up big this year then he will probably be let go next. We would still likely see a comp pick for him, so it's not a huge risk.

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I DON'T think this allows Pace to trade Howard and not have to worry......... I for one would worry a lot.  I do think it allows them to let Mizzell and Cunningham go.

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