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Chiefs plan to put Davis in the kick-return mix on Sunday

09/05/2013 3:20 PM

09/08/2013 5:31 PM

If you enjoyed watching Knile Davis return a kick 109 yards for a touchdown against Pittsburgh on Sunday, here's some good news: Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub said he plans on working Davis into the kick-return mix against Jacksonville this week.

“We don't know if he's going to get the first one or the second one, but we're definitely going to work him in there,” Toub said.

It might seem like common sense, considering the 5-foot-10, 227-pound running back with 4.37 speed also returned a kick 79 yards for a touchdown against the Saints this preseason. But it appears Davis, who fumbled seven times in 112 carries at Arkansas last season, is still earning Toub's trust when it comes to securing the football.

“A 109 (yard return) helps, there's no question,” Toub said. “The guy, when he has the ball in his hand, is pretty dynamic. We just have to get him in situations where he's relaxed. Maybe (when) he's into the tempo of the game, we throw him in there and then we go with him.”

When Davis isn't out there, Toub can also turn to receiver Dexter McCluster and safety Quintin Demps, who have each shown some big-play ability, as well. McCluster has a punt-return touchdown from 2010 on his resume, while Demps returned a kick 104 yards for a touchdown against the 49ers this preseason.

Still, it's clear Toub is interested on keeping the explosive Davis in the mix, as long as he continues to make strides when it comes to holding onto the ball.

“He's got to feel confident about his abilities,” Toub said. “We feel confident with him after the catch. He's going to get his opportunities for sure.”

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