KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The NFL on Wednesday named Chiefs running back/kick returner Knile Davis as the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
The recognition comes on the heels of Davis’ 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Week 8 against the St. Louis Rams.
“Knile Davis being the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, “which is a great tribute to him, (special teams coordinator Dave) Toub and the guys that were blocking for him all the way around.”
The second-year pro added 49 yards rushing and a touchdown on 16 carries against the Rams, but Davis’ kickoff return changed momentum with the Chiefs holding a 10-7 lead entering halftime.
His 99-yard return for a score occurred on the opening play of the second half and energized the Chiefs to bust the game open en route to a 34-7 victory.
Davis is the fifth player in league history to record a kickoff return for a touchdown of at least 99 yards in each of his first two seasons.
The former Arkansas Razorback had a team-record 108-yard return for a touchdown in Week 13 of last season against the Denver Broncos.
Wednesday’s honor is the first Player of the Week award for Davis, who joins backfield mate Jamaal Charles as the second Chiefs player to receive a weekly award for the 2014 regular season.
The NFL previously recognized Charles as the Offensive Player of the Week in Week 4 following a three-touchdown performance (two receiving) against the New England Patriots.