The Packers have had issues keeping their running backs on the field, and reports today are the team made a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs from the AFC West.
The team has dealt for Chiefs running back Knile Davis, a player who this season has minus-2 rushing yards on one attempt, and has caught two passes for 14 yards.
The Packers lost running back James Starks to knee surgery on Monday, and as of now he’s expected to miss about four weeks before he’ll be ready to get back on the field.
Eddie Lacy is the only healthy running back on the roster for the Packers, and they had to make a move knowing that he’s one hit away from being back on the sideline.
Lacy did have issues in Sunday’s game against the Cowboys with his ankle, and ran for 65 yards on 17 attempts with a long rush of 25 yards.
The team is hoping that Davis, who likely split reps with practice-squad running back Don Jackson, can have some type of positive impact on an offense that has been stuck in the mud for just about the entire season.
According to BetNow.eu, the Packers are still nine-point favorites to beat the Chicago Bears on Thursday night, but a lot of that seems to be more due to the Bears incompetence than what the Packers have shown this season.
Right now the Packers are ranked 16th in the NFL with 528 rushing yards, but part of their lower rank also has to do with falling behind in games, which is when Aaron Rodgers has to try to get them back in the game passing, like this last Sunday against the Cowboys at home.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy wasn’t all that sure who Davis was when he heard the news about the trade, but in the end knows that Davis is hopefully a player that can assist on a roster void of running back depth.
“It’s obviously a big challenge when you’re on a short week, but he’s definitely a talented young player,” McCarthy added. “Obviously had a chance to compete against him and see him play live in the preseason game, and he had a lot of production that night. So just looking forward to getting him into the mix and get going.”