The free-agency period has been good one way or another for every NFL team. Hence, it’s time to take a look at the positives in our newest series for End Zone Score. Which newcomer to the club was the franchise’s best offseason move and why? We got things started with each of the 2016 last-place teams and now it’s time to focus on the eight division champions. You can get caught up on the entire series by clicking right here. And now the Pittsburgh Steelers are in the spotlight.
RB Knile Davis
On Thursday night in the City of Brotherly Love, the defending AFC North champions selected a linebacker in the first round for the fourth time in five years with the addition of T.J. Watt. Yes, that’s Watt’s His Name’s younger brother.
Earlier in free agency, the Pittsburgh Steelers added a vital cog to their backfield and kickoff return units. Knile Davis was part of a very crowded running back corps with the Kansas City Chiefs. At the start of this past season it included Jamaal Charles, Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West. During the 2016 campaign, Davis was dealt to the Green Bay Packers, who were trying to deal with injury issues in their backfield. He lasted two games, had a cup of coffee with the New York Jets (which was still hot when he left) and wound up back with Andy Reid’s team.
Now he’s in the Steel City to back up workhorse Le’Veon Bell as the team has not opted to re-sign DeAngelo Williams. Davis not only supplies depth for Mike Tomlin’s ground attack but he’s a big-play threat on kickoff returns. Giving the Pittsburgh Steelers better field position on a regular basis makes an already potent offensive unit even more dangerous. There’s still work to be done on the defense but depth and special teams can’t be ignored.