Running Back Mike Davis
Week 1 of the preseason suggested second-year running back Mike Davis was all but guaranteed a roster spot within San Francisco’s deep crop of tailbacks.
After all, Davis simply rushed for 72 yards on five carries against the Texans.
But then preseason Week 2 happened.
Davis’ efforts against the Broncos reminded fans why he’s still on the roster bubble. While his 26 yards on five carries (a 5.2 YPC average) wasn’t a bad stat line, two costly fumbles are enough to raise some concerns.
So it shouldn’t be a surprise 49ers running backs coach Tom Rathman put his tailbacks to work in ball-carrying drills this week (h/t Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee):
Davis will need more than just one solid performance to guarantee a roster spot.
With the depth chart wide open behind No. 1 running back Carlos Hyde, whoever holds onto the ball has that much better a chance to stick around beyond roster cuts.
Watch if Davis can bounce back against a Packers defense that recovered 19 fumbles last year.
Next: Cornerback Jimmie Ward