The raft in Worlds of Fun's Fury of the Nile has become a metaphor for Knile Davis booming into padded obstacles while surging through a lane that's dampened with the tears of defensive coordinators.
Watching him, it's apparent his DNA strands bathed in a gene pool until it evaporated.
Davis flashes a rare combination of bulldozing power and Mach-like speed. And by "rare combination," we're not talking first class—rather, one of a kind.
Proof? (Prepare to hit your ego's "reset" button.)
Physically speaking, Peterson is the Hulk, while Davis is the Hulk on Popeye's diet.
Now, in terms of on-field production, it goes without saying that the two are leagues apart. In his rookie season, the former MVP averaged 5.6 yards per carry and ultimately led the NFL with 95.8 rushing yards per game, which is a far cry from Davis' 3.4 yards per attempt and 15.8 rushing yards per contest.
Then again, sitting behind the game's current all-time leader in yards per handoff (minimum of 1,000 carries) doesn't exactly stuff one's plate with opportunities. And even when they presented themselves, the second-year pro's attempts normally resided in garbage time, with Kansas City draining the clock and defenses stacking the box in anticipation.
That being the case, Davis' rookie stat line is a hair misleading and not indicative of his first-year effectiveness.
When spelling Charles—in games that were still competitive—No. 34 showed flashes of the former Heisman hopeful who, as a sophomore (prior to injury-related setbacks) headlined a season that featured 1,322 rushing yards, 6.5 yards per carry and 14 total touchdowns.
However, throughout 2013, he left his mark by traveling down an alternate avenue. Out of kick returners who cradled double-digit attempts, Davis' 32.1 yards per return ranked second in the NFL.
Kansas City's backup has two hurdles to overcome—injuries and fumbles—and to different degrees, both raised their heads last year. But as it pertains to his offseason outlook, per The Kansas City Star's Terez Paylor, any (potential) issues stemming from the former concern can, for the time being, be laid to rest: