In the 2020 season, Mike Davis took over an RB1 spot in Carolina from Christian McCaffrey after CMC was injured. Davis carried the ball 165 times in 2020 for 642 yards and six touchdowns. After that solid performance, the Falcons signed him to a two-year, $5.5 million deal, but they were underwhelmed this year, particularly after the breakout of Cordarrelle Patterson, and released him. The Falcons resigned Patterson, so it appears they will be going with him as their RB1 in the 2022 season due to his pass-catching abilities. The Falcons also drafted Tyler Allgeier from BYU this past weekend, and the Falcons will be using Patterson, Allgeier, and Damien Williams throughout the 2022 season.
Davis was drafted by the 49ers in 2015, and he has played for the Niners, Seahawks, Panthers, Falcons, and Bears. The 29-year-old was born in Atlanta, and he voiced his appreciation for being able to play for his hometown in a tweet earlier today:
The Falcons saved $2.5 million by releasing Davis. The veteran RB will most likely spend next season as a backup somewhere else in the league.