WR Rashied Davis has been a very solid contributor since coming to the Bears in 2005. That season he was used as a reserve cornerback, but once the Bears realized his value they moved him to wide receiver.
Since then, Davis has reeled in 88 passes for 1032 yards and five touchdowns in 92 games. Davis has made 15 starts in those six seasons. Even though Davis hasn’t made a start since 2008, he is very valuable on special teams where he has proven to be very steady.
Davis has been a solid contributor on Dave Toub’s special teams since landing with the Bears. He makes key tackles on punts and kicks and is valuable as a return man when his name is called.
In the season finale last season against the eventual Super Bowl Champion Packers, he reeled in seven passes for 63 yards. He showed how he fits in Mike Martz’s offense with his performance.
With Johnny Knox, Earl Bennett and Devin Hester all ahead of him in the depth chart, Davis has to show his value at the receiver position. The Bears should bring him back not only for special teams, but also for offense.
Considering safety/kick returner Danieal Manning, might not be returning this upcoming season, Devin Hester will likely take over the kick returner role alongside his punt returner role. This could open up some time on offense for the speedy, 5’9″ Davis.
Once the lockout is finally over, the Bears will have a lot of tough decisions to make, but one easy one should be bringing Rashied Davis back. Davis will not only be a cheap veteran, but he brings a lot to the game playing well on offense and special teams.
By the way, happy 32nd birthday Rashied, hope you had a good one.
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