Gregorian Chants

September 26, 2013

Knile Davis says fumbles are ‘worst feeling’ in world but keeps in perspective

The Chiefs rookie has struggled to hold onto the football but his upside makes him still appealing

Gregorian Chants

Columnist Vahe Gregorian offers musings about the sports scene in and around Kansas City

Say this for Chiefs rookie Knile Davis:

If his ongoing issues with ball security have left him shaken, he isn’t showing it.

“Mistakes come with” the job, he said Thursday as the Chiefs prepared to resume action Sunday against the visiting New York Giants. “Everything you do in life, you’re bound to make mistakes.”

Not that Davis, who fumbled seven times in 2012 with Arkansas and lost one in the preseason against Pittsburgh, was downplaying his troubles, which came most recently in the form of a bobbled kickoff and fortunate recovery late in the Chiefs’ 17-16 win over Dallas.

“The worst feeling in the world is to let the ball go,” he said, noting that he’s determined to keep working to hold the ball “high and tight.”

Chiefs coach Andy Reid was none-too-pleased after that game, saying, “You’re put in that role, you’re a professional. Get in there and do the right thing.”

But special teams coordinator Dave Toub on Wednesday reiterated the Chiefs’ faith in Davis, who had returns of 109 and 79 in the preseason and was on the field for four Eagles kickoffs last week.

Still, Davis’ hands have to be considered a cause for concern until he demonstrates he can handle the job consistently. He’ll keep getting a chance to work through it, but those mistakes can come with this job only so often.

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