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.
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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.