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Chiefs sign third-round pick Knile Davis

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Monday, May 13, 2013, at 1:21 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at 7:11 a.m.

Running back Knile Davis, selected by the Chiefs in the third round of the NFL Draft last month, signed with the club on Monday.

The Chiefs are hoping the 227-pound Davis can be a power back to complement the speed and big-play ability of Jamaal Charles. But they also believe Davis has the speed and ability to be more than just a goal-line and short-yardage alternative to Charles.

Davis had a huge season at Arkansas in 2010, rushing for 1,322 yards and 13 touchdowns. But he missed all of 2011 because of a broken ankle.

Last season Davis fumbled numerous times and missed a couple of games because of a hamstring injury. He rushed for only 377 yards.

The Chiefs have now signed three of their eight draft picks. They previously signed sixth-round center Eric Kush and seventh-round linebacker Mike Catapano.

Unsigned are first-round tackle Eric Fisher, third-round tight end Travis Kelce, fourth-round linebacker Nico Johnson, fifth-round defensive back Sanders Commings and sixth-round fullback Braden Wilson.

Also Monday, the Chiefs released fullbacks Ryan D’Imperio and Nate Eachus and safety Jose Gumbs. They also signed six players who attended last weekend’s rookie mini-camp: running back Jordan Roberts, defensive linemen Risean Brousard and Miguel Chavis and defensive backs Greg Castillo, Justin Glenn and James Rogers.

To reach Adam Teicher, call 816-234-4875 or send email to ateicher@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/adamteicher.

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