Packers Question of the day - Knile Davis: Yay or Nay?

The Packers sent over a 7th-round draft pick to Kansas City in return for 25-year old Knile Davis on Tuesday morning. A move that shocked many, considering just 12 hours earlier, the plan was to promote Don Jackson from the practice squad to add depth to the running back position.

A day later, Jackson remains on the practice squad, and a number 30 is suited up in green and gold with "Davis" printed on the back of the jersey. This comes with new details of Eddie Lacy's ankle injury which seems to be more than just an ankle injury and may keep him sidelined for several weeks.

With the thought of a depleted group aside, was the swap for Davis a good move or a bad move? Speculate as well as you can, since there hasn't been much of a sampling size of him in Green Bay just yet. He may his first audition on Thursday night, however.

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Big_Mel_75's picture

October 19, 2016 at 09:14 am

Traded for the 4th stringer out of KC... Excuse me for not being giddy... Lacy had more yards last year then this dude in his 4 year career

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al bundy's picture

October 19, 2016 at 09:35 am

Now that ther is puny.
Is his first name really Knile and not Nile, Nyle or Niile

Ya this will be good. I can bet you he came dam dam cheap. The other backs out there available want to be paid in money.

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RCPackerFan's picture

October 19, 2016 at 09:37 am

Doesn't matter what his first name is. You won't spell it right anyways.

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dobber's picture

October 19, 2016 at 09:43 am

That made my day...

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mrtundra's picture

October 19, 2016 at 10:01 am

It could've been DeKnile.

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korbie33's picture

October 19, 2016 at 11:39 am

Or....rapid Denile

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NickPerry's picture

October 19, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Considering he's still playing on a rookie contract and was a 4th round pick, yup, he'll be "dam dam cheap".

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dobber's picture

October 19, 2016 at 09:11 am

Yay or Nay?

What choice do they have? Realistically, he's auditioning for the backup role for the next few years, and if he takes the job by the [email protected], he could make Eddie Lacy expendable.

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Turophile's picture

October 19, 2016 at 04:36 pm

Yep, not that much choice. Packers needed a warm body there and they have one. Not a great talent, but not a total stiff either, about what you would expect at this time of year.

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dschwalm's picture

October 20, 2016 at 03:19 pm

Have you investigated his performance over the 4 years. He's a speedy RB who can't hang on to the ball. Getting Marshall Newhouse would have been a better trade!!!!!!

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Bohj's picture

October 19, 2016 at 09:25 am

Didn't cost much to get him. I know people will be nervous about getting a 4th stringer, but we didn't get him to have him be the #1 guy. Just a fill-in until #1 and #2 get healthy. We'll still see Montgomery in the backfield and I don't doubt by the end of the day today they make a roster move and get Jackson on the active. There's a lot of tough transactions. We have 11 guys that are injured that can't play. And you can't IR everyone. So who do you kick off the 53 without screwing the other positions? Some guys may not even be eligible for PS anymore.

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RCPackerFan's picture

October 19, 2016 at 09:36 am

We will find out how it works out for us.

I like the move.
Its a very low risk move. Costs them a conditional draft pick a year from now, in which they obtained by trading McCray to the Bills... So not a loss at all. This was a good move.

With Lacy out they don't need Davis to come in and give us what Lacy gave us. That's unfair. What they need is for him to come in and give us positive plays when he is in there. Perhaps using his speed to put a little more stress on defenses.

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Razer's picture

October 19, 2016 at 09:59 am

Good assessment and perspective.

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Spock's picture

October 19, 2016 at 10:03 am

When looked at that way, it's also a conditional 7th round pick for a back who was a third rounder.

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RCPackerFan's picture

October 19, 2016 at 10:09 am

exactly. Davis has talent. Its worth that for sure. And the conditional 7th round pick basically was given to them for a player they were likely going to cut...

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dschwalm's picture

October 20, 2016 at 03:23 pm

But he's been benched so may times in his career because he can't hang on to the ball. But I am sure McFatty has a plan - "work on the fundamentals"

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Ibleedgreenmore's picture

October 19, 2016 at 09:36 am

They had to do something, and we have another load the boat with one thing and throw the others out the other side. It takes balance and early we were short players. We have the injury bug going full throttle now, Shields is the worst one and he will very much be missed.

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EdsLaces's picture

October 19, 2016 at 09:54 am

He's a lesser version of Starks. He is speedy has so so hands and fumblessed. Not a huge fan of this move. I was impressed with him in college but not so much after that. Oh well it's the bullsh#t TT way. The only problem is with our passing game struggling the way it has been we needed to lean on the run more so.....what are we gonna do now?

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dschwalm's picture

October 20, 2016 at 03:25 pm

Teddy is giddy with the move because he is still the "Cap King", regardless of our record at the end of the year

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Since'61's picture

October 19, 2016 at 09:55 am

Yay or Nay? I say let's wait and see. I'll be satisfied if he makes a few positive plays and most importantly doesn't hurt us with fumbles. Anything beyond that will be a pleasant and welcomed surprise. Thanks, Since '61

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Razer's picture

October 19, 2016 at 10:02 am

This will be a good test of our coaching. The positional coaches will be working overtime with both the RBs and CBs. Our offensive coaches will need to start utilizing more guys and getting creative. Now we'll see what kind of staff we really have. Heaven help us.

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dschwalm's picture

October 20, 2016 at 03:29 pm

It is impossible for our coaches to get creative or they would have done it a year ago. They should all be on the dole by he end of the year

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Colin_C's picture

October 19, 2016 at 10:03 am

I'm on board with this move, though I still want Jackson up from the PS. A few week ago, I warned that if Lacy/Starks got hurt, we'd be in trouble. While I think that the team can make it by for now with Davis, this situation validates my hope the RB position will be overhauled next draft.

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RCPackerFan's picture

October 19, 2016 at 10:07 am

Yeah, I heard they are bringing Jackson up. I just wish they would have last week when they really needed another option outside of Lacy.

Next years draft looks really good for RBs. I hope they get one high.

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EdsLaces's picture

October 19, 2016 at 10:17 am

I got WR 1st round RB 2nd and CB 3rd....

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RCPackerFan's picture

October 19, 2016 at 10:23 am

How about TE? They could use a TE high too. TE and RB look to be very good positions in the draft.

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EdsLaces's picture

October 19, 2016 at 10:39 am

Yeah....too bad we passed on Hunter Henry...

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RCPackerFan's picture

October 19, 2016 at 10:47 am

Though I do like Clark, and do think he will be a good player for us.

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Colin_C's picture

October 19, 2016 at 10:50 am

Eh, I'd take this year's Jake Butt or Jeremy Sprinkle over Henry. I'm think CB 1st, then RB, then a TE or a lineman. For RB's, you should check out an under the radar prospect from BYU named Jamaal Williams. Guys got some real talent.

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EdsLaces's picture

October 19, 2016 at 11:14 am

You can look under a radar all you want and I'll keep crossing my fingers for Ol Eddie Macs kid....

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dobber's picture

October 19, 2016 at 02:08 pm

Over/Under on the number of snickers in the war room when a Butt and a Sprinkle are at the top of your board?

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Big_Mel_75's picture

October 19, 2016 at 10:47 am

Only way we draft a TE high is if Wolf is running the team by then.. TT has pasted on many quality high drafted TE

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dschwalm's picture

October 20, 2016 at 03:31 pm

Can anybody explain why they would go into the Dallas game with only one hobbled RB?

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mrtundra's picture

October 19, 2016 at 10:04 am

If he runs ala Starks, it will be a Nay. Starks running style drives me crazy.

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Tarynfor12's picture

October 19, 2016 at 10:34 am

Why is him being a 4th stringer so important when our offense plays like 7th stringers, especially at QB.

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Big_Mel_75's picture

October 19, 2016 at 10:49 am

The O Line has played well this year.. They have given Arod lots of time but he still plays horrid.

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Samson's picture

October 19, 2016 at 10:50 am

Yay or Nay ??

Can't possibly know this until we see some carries. I'm not sure that that is even the issue. This whole situation is another example of TT's incompetence as a GM. -- TT needs to go away before GB needs to be completely rebuilt just to compete.

A SB contender?? -- Not hardly.

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kollinboss's picture

October 19, 2016 at 10:56 am

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sheppercheeser's picture

October 19, 2016 at 12:11 pm

By now, you all have heard that Jackson got called up from the PS. For gosh sakes, why did they wait so long? Going into last week, Starks was out and Lacy was already hobbled. What was TT thinking? I guess 'better late than never' comes to mind.

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Razer's picture

October 19, 2016 at 12:58 pm

Haven't seen an announcement regarding Jackson. Who are they cutting to make room for him?

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Lphill's picture

October 19, 2016 at 01:05 pm

Maybe Rodgers

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Razer's picture

October 19, 2016 at 02:03 pm

Richard or Aaron or both?

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NMPF's picture

October 19, 2016 at 02:17 pm

My gosh people are already arguing over next years draft? P A T H E T I C!!!! If TT only brought up Jackson-bitch. If TT trades-bitch. Whiney, entitled, fair weather fans. Gnashing teeth and wringing hands after 5 games? Have a beer, eat a brat and enjoy the greatest football organization.

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RCPackerFan's picture

October 19, 2016 at 02:24 pm

Feel better?

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NMPF's picture

October 19, 2016 at 02:26 pm

Si

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RCPackerFan's picture

October 19, 2016 at 02:41 pm

My biggest problem with Thompson was that he needed to do something when they had 1 RB at 75% if that... Just a huge mistake on him.

I like the trade. Its a low risk/high reward type of trade. Essentially it won't cost anything. And at the very least he won't be any worse then Starks who has been awful...

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NMPF's picture

October 19, 2016 at 03:18 pm

I do agree with your assessment. Lacy as the lone back was purdy dumm. Amen on Starks

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Samson's picture

October 19, 2016 at 04:15 pm

You sound like a "whiny, entitled, fair weather fan."

Sound familiar?

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NMPF's picture

October 19, 2016 at 06:59 pm

very original post there Sammy boy, did you cut and paste?

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dschwalm's picture

October 20, 2016 at 03:34 pm

I couldn't understand your post except for the last 2 statements.

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Patrick Helms's picture

October 19, 2016 at 09:32 pm

Davis has a chance now to show what hes got. He's a North-South back with breakaway speed. He didn't get a chance with the Chiefs because his pass game needed work and the other guy could catch. He did show improvement along with his ball handling skills but he didn't get a lot of play last year because of that. If he steps up to prove himself, it will be a good move if he can stay healthy. Hopefully they actually do bring up Jackson too.

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dschwalm's picture

October 20, 2016 at 03:36 pm

He didn't get a chance with the Chiefs because Reid benched him for fumbling!!!

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Finwiz's picture

October 20, 2016 at 02:03 pm

Well I did say yesterday we may have seen the last of Lacy in GB. Now with this announcement he's on the IR, I'd say he may be done unless he takes close to a min deal next year. Perpetually injured and unable to control the weight, it's a tough situation for a guy with so much natural talent. If it comes down to Lacy or Shields coming back it will be interesting to see what they do. I'd suspect it all depends on IF they are in contention for anything by then. There's a real chance this season is pretty much "up in smoke" with all these top line players out.

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Razor's picture

October 20, 2016 at 05:18 pm

You get what you pay for. I hold my breath every time Starks gets on the field.

Can he punt?

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