Former Bears TE Kellen Davis looking to help Seahawks
BY MARK POTASH Staff Reporter January 28, 2014 11:26PM
Updated: January 29, 2014 12:14AM
Kellen Davis is in the Super Bowl.
Yes, that Kellen Davis. The former Bears tight end, whom Lovie Smith thought could be a lethal weapon except he too often couldn’t hold onto the football, landed in the right place at the right time when the Seattle Seahawks signed him after the Cleveland Browns cut him in the preseason.
Davis is a bit player as a third tight end in the Seahawks’ offense. He played in 15 regular-season games (four starts) and had three receptions for 32 yards and a touchdown. He played in both of the Seahawks’ playoff games, starting the NFC title game against the 49ers.
‘‘It’s all a giant blessing,’’ the soft-spoken Davis said Tuesday at Media Day at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. ‘‘Probably one out of a billion people get to play in the NFL and get to a Super Bowl. I feel truly blessed to be one of those people.’’
Davis, a fifth-round draft pick by the Bears in 2008 out of Michigan State, said he was miffed that the Bears did not sign him after his contract ran out in 2012, but acknowledged that he did not have a very good season — 19 receptions for 229 yards and two touchdowns.
‘‘I had some good years in Chicago, a lot of good friends,’’ he said. ‘‘And we won a lot of games. I don’t have any regrets. The only thing is, I had a rough season last year and really that was my only one. It just turned out bad for everybody.’’
Davis said he was in a physical twilight zone in 2012 — healthy enough to play but unhealthy enough to make an impact.
‘‘My body kind of hit the wall,’’ he said. ‘‘I was dealing with a lot of minor injuries — a knee bruise, my back. My body felt bad and it was not helping my confidence and not helping me play well.
‘‘It was very frustrating. It really sucked. It was not fun, not a fun year at all.’’
Davis was a free agent in the offseason, but the Bears moved on, signing Martellus Bennett instead. In Marc Trestman’s revamped offense, Bennett had more catches (65) and yards (759) in one year than Davis had in five. He also had five touchdowns.
‘‘I feel a little bit slighted by the organization,’’ Davis said. ‘‘I gave them four, almost five good years of my career. And they kind of didn’t really show that in kind when they let me go. It is what it is. But I’ve still got a lot of friends who play there.’’
He said there is no lingering bitterness over his departure from the Bears. ‘‘Not anymore. I’m over it,’’ he said.
He said he still is close to running back Matt Forte among other former teammates and kept tabs on his former team this season, when the Bears’ offense improved from 28th to eighth in the NFL in total yards.
‘‘Yeah, I watched a little bit,’’ he said. ‘‘Josh [McCown] was amazing. Matt had a great year. Alshon [Jeffery] had a great year. It was good to see him get to the Pro Bowl.’’
Any message for his former team?
‘‘I wish them good luck next year,’’ Davis said. ‘‘I’ll text Forte after [the Super Bowl].’’
Davis still has a lot to prove.
‘‘We see the same thing [as the Bears did] — we see the potential,’’ Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said. ‘‘We see a big human [who] has the physical tools to do all the things we want him to do.’’
But he still has to learn to consistently catch the ball.
‘‘I think he’s still working on that,’’ Bevell said. ‘‘That’s definitely a part of his game that he needs to improve on. When he gets the opportunities, you’ve got to make the most of them.’’