KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When Knile Davis fielded the ball 8 yards deep in the end zone Sunday, he could have done what a more timid returner would do and taken a knee for a touchback.
Fortunately for the Chiefs, Davis, a 5-foot-10, 227-pound rookie, isn’t wired like that.
“If I catch it, I’m coming out” Davis said. “I told my coaches that”
Just 108 yards later, the Chiefs were glad Davis did, as the third-round pick from Arkansas was celebrating the first touchdown of his NFL career. Davis, who raced up the middle, bounced off some blockers and proceeded to use his 4.3 speed to win a footrace down the right side, credited special-teams coach Dave Toub for the play call.
“It was a great call by coach Toub, and I just hit that thing straight” Davis said. “The quickest way to a touchdown is north”
Davis apparently impressed the Broncos with the run, too. He said one of their players sought him out after the game,
“The guy after the game came up to me and was like ‘I didn’t know you were that fast,’ ” Davis said. “I was like, ‘Yeah, man.’ ”
All wasn’t perfect for the Chiefs on special teams, however. Davis fielded another kickoff 8 yards deep in the end zone and only managed to bring it out to the 14-yard line in the second quarter. And Dexter McCluster made a fair catch of a punt at the 3-yard line in the second quarter, which backed the Chiefs up deep in their own territory and flipped the field.