Mike Davis signed with his hometown Atlanta Falcons in hopes of establishing a dominant run game led by himself, that has been the opposite of what has happened.
Certainly, the blocking for the Falcons running backs has been anything but good, but Mike Davis’s problems are much deeper than just the blocking, he seems like he does not know how to play football anymore.
Mike Davis has not helped the Atlanta Falcons ground game the way he hoped
The Falcons as a team have struggled this season, there is no denying that, but they have also had some players who have simply not performed, guys like Mike Davis who was supposed to be the lead back in a potent offense.
First off, potent is the last thing you can call this Falcons offense, it is more along the lines of horrendous. They have scored just three points over their past two games, which is unacceptable.
Mike Davis looks like the most lost running back in the NFL this season. He just simply cannot get himself going. There was a lot of hype around him when Terry Fontenot signed him. He was just coming off of a career year where he helped lessen the impact of the Panthers losing Christian McCaffrey.
Falcons fans also remembered how he ran through Atlanta in one of their matchups last season.
To say Mike Davis has disappointed would be an understatement, he has been the most ineffective running back that the team has used, despite the hype of him potentially being the leading rusher for the Falcons before the season started.
Most people blame the blocking, which is valid, but it goes a lot deeper than just that. He struggles to get himself moving up the field, he slips a lot, and he just is not hitting the holes with any explosion.
Arthur Smith has also not used him how he should be used, there has been a lot of outside running with him when he should be given the ball running straight into the defense.
Things need to change if Mike Davis wants to continue getting reps during games, he has a lot of pressure behind him with guys like Qadree Ollison and Wayne Gallman.