Seahawks TE Kellen Davis felt ‘slighted’ by Bears
BY MARK POTASH Staff Reporter January 30, 2014 10:04AM
Updated: March 3, 2014 4:24PM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Kellen Davis is in the Super Bowl.
Yes, that Kellen Davis. The one Lovie Smith thought could be a lethal weapon at tight end, except Davis too often couldn’t hold onto the football.
After being cut by the Bears last March and by the Cleveland Browns in the preseason, the 6-7, 265-pound Davis landed in the right place at the right time when the Seattle Seahawks signed him after Week 1.
Davis is a bit player as a third tight end. He had three receptions for 32 yards and a touchdown. He played in both of the team’s playoff games, starting the NFC title game against the San Francisco 49ers.
‘‘It’s all a giant blessing,’’ Davis said. ‘‘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 cut him. But he acknowledged that he did not have a very good 2012 season — 19 receptions for 229 yards and two 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. 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. ‘‘I had some good years in Chicago, a lot of good friends. 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.’’
With the Bears, Davis occasionally made plays downfield that captured the imagination. But too often those hopes were dashed by a key drop. Davis had 19 receptions and six drops in 44 targets last year. His 13.6 drop percentage was second among players with 15 or more receptions.
‘‘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.
‘‘He’s still working on that,’’ Bevell said. ‘‘That’s definitely a part of his game that he needs to improve.’’
Davis said he remains close to running back Matt Forte among other former teammates and kept tabs on the Bears last season.
‘‘Yeah, I watched a little bit,’’ he said. ‘‘Josh [McCown] was amazing. Matt had a great year. Alshon [Jeffery] had a great year.’’
Any message for his former team?
‘‘I wish them good luck next year,’’ Davis said. ‘‘I’ll text Forte after [the Super Bowl].’’