Atlanta Falcons strong safety Keanu Neal (22) hits Green Bay Packers running back Knile Davis (30) during the first of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
David Goldman
November 01, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) Next stop for Knile Davis: the New York Jets.

The running back was claimed off waivers from the Green Bay Packers on Tuesday, adding depth to the Jets' backfield.

Davis was acquired by Green Bay from Kansas City on Oct. 18 for a conditional draft choice. He had five carries for 5 yards in two games with the Packers before being waived Monday.

The Jets waived running back Troymaine Pope to make room on the roster. Pope had 1 yard on his only carry for New York, which signed him off waivers from Seattle on Sept. 4.

Davis, a third-round draft pick out of Arkansas in 2013, joins a Jets backfield that includes Matt Forte and Bilal Powell. New York's running game ranks 16th in the NFL, with Forte ninth in the league with 542 yards rushing.

The 25-year-old Davis has rushed for 780 yards and 11 touchdowns, and caught 33 passes for 264 yards and a TD in four seasons. In six games with the Chiefs and Packers this season, he had 3 yards on six carries, with four catches for 18 yards.

The Jets also announced that they signed offensive tackle Jesse Davis and wide receiver Myles White to the practice squad, and released center Kyle Friend and linebacker Reshard Cliett from the practice squad.


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