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Malik Davis

#2 RB,

Free Agent

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24 yrs


5'11'' / 202 lbs



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Back with Cowboys on practice squad

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-08-31

Dallas signed Davis to the practice squad Wednesday, Patrik Walker of the team's official site reports.

Davis couldn't make the Cowboys' initial 53-man roster, but the veteran will stick around as an emergency reserve option on the practice squad. At one point fantasy managers eyed Davis as the likeliest top backup to Tony Pollard, but Dallas instead seems set to roll out Rico Dowdle and Deuce Vaughn as depth options, with Ronald Jones (suspension) out the first two games of the regular season.

Fantasy Points by Week 2022


Weekly Stats 2022

Fantasy PointsBettingRushing StatsReceiving Stats
6 @PHI Outdoor 61° 0.0 36th 0.006.542.5000.000%0000000%
7 DET Dome 75° 0.0 35th 0.00-7.047.5000.000%0000000%
8 CHI Dome 64° 6.1 21st 0.61-10.042.58232.9026%000218028%
10 @GB Outdoor 33° 3.8 15th 0.76-3.543.55387.6032%20000016%
11 @MIN Dome 29° 5.5 21st 0.61-2.547.57131.908%000222018%
12 NYG Dome 57° 0.0 41st 0.00-10.044.5000.000%0000000%
13 IND Dome 67° 8.9 13th 2.97-10.543.53299.7117%1100009%
14 HOU Dome 53° 0.0 32nd 0.00-17.544.5000.000%0000000%
15 @JAC Outdoor 54° 0.0 42nd 0.00-4.047.5000.000%0000000%
16 PHI Dome 35° 0.0 41st 0.00-4.046.5000.000%0000000%
17 @TEN Outdoor 56° 8.2 14th 0.68-13.542.510393.9028%110223031%
18 @WAS Outdoor 42° 1.9 27th 0.38-7.041.55193.8037%00000019%

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsRushing AveragesReceiving Averages
Home Retractable Dome 6 02.51.1532nd90.24.721%
Away Outdoor 5 02.80.63140th190.04.831%
Away Dome 1 05.50.6178th130.01.98%

Career Stats by Season: 2022 to 2022

Fantasy PointsRushing StatsReceiving Stats
2022 24 DAL 12 0 34 88th3816114.226%4207%6630
"YAC%" is percent of total yards gained after first contact. "Share" of team passing targets.

Cut loose by Dallas

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-08-29

The Cowboys cut Davis on Tuesday, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Davis appeared to be a favorite for the second-string job at one point earlier this offseason but instead tumbled down the depth chart throughout summer. The Cowboys have minimal experience behind Tony Pollard in the backfield, with their initial 53-man roster otherwise showing Deuce Vaughn and Rico Dowdle. Even if there's some rearranging before Week 1, all signs point to Pollard getting a lot of touches in a Sept. 10 season opener against the Giants.

Additional 10 carries

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-08-26

Davis carried the ball 10 times for 42 yards in Saturday's 31-16 preseason win over the Raiders.

None of Tony Pollard, Rico Dowdle or Deuce Vaughn played in the contest, leaving Davis as the second back to take the field. Davis worked behind fullback Hunter Luepke, though he still managed to put together his best performance of the preseason on the strength of a 13-yard run. The emergence of Vaughn this preseason hasn't done Davis any favors, and he seems to have tumbled to the bottom of the running back depth chart in Dallas.

Solid production in preseason loss

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-08-19

Davis rushed eight times for 32 yards and returned one kickoff for 20 yards in the Cowboys' 22-14 preseason loss to the Seahawks on Saturday night.

Davis tied Rico Dowdle, who was the first Cowboys back to log a touch, for the team lead in carries and was second to him in rushing yards during what was a productive night for both backs. The second-year pro was exponentially better on the ground than during a preseason-opening loss to the Jaguars during which he netted only four yards on three carries, but Dowdle's own solid night likely leaves the two very close in their job battle for a backup role heading into next Saturday night's preseason finale versus the Raiders.

Struggles in spot-start

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-08-12

Davis was the first back to see action in Tony Pollard's (ankle) absence Saturday, but he struggled to the tune of four yards on three carries and four receptions for 19 yards in a preseason loss to Jacksonville.

Davis is looking to secure the backup role behind Pollard this preseason, so this rough outing will not help his case. Especially after backup candidate Deuce Vaughn (8/50/1) dominated when it was his turn to take the field. Davis did face the opposition's top available defenders at the start of the game, as opposed to Vaughn who roasted second- and third-stringers. That said, Davis will need to rebound quickly against the Seahawks on Saturday if he wants to maintain his top reserve role in an exciting ground attack in Dallas.

No competition incoming

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-08-02

Davis appears set to head into Week 1 as the backup to Tony Pollard in the Cowboys backfield, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy refuted the idea the team might bring in Ezekiel Elliott or another veteran back in the wake of Ronald Jones' two-game suspension for a PED violation. "We're not just going to hit a bump and give up on the path," McCarthy said Tuesday. "We want to see these young guys. We want to see them play in games... It's a young [running back] room. We knew that going in." Davis made a positive impression as a rookie in 2022 in limited action, averaging 4.2 yards per carry on 38 totes, and he figures to battle Jones for the No. 2 role behind Pollard once Jones is reinstated. Deuce Vaughn and Rico Dowdle are the other depth options at RB for Dallas.

Provides solid depth as rookie

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-01-28

Davis carried the ball 38 times for 161 yards and a touchdown and caught six of seven targets for 63 yards over 12 games in the 2022 regular season.

An undrafted rookie out of Florida, Davis made an impression in camp and began the season on the practice squad before taking over the No. 3 RB spot on the Dallas depth chart after Rico Dowdle (ankle) was lost for the year in October. Davis scored his first NFL touchdown in Week 12 against the Colts, but his best performance came with Tony Pollard (ankle) sidelined in Week 17, when the rookie turned 12 touches into 62 yards against a stingy Titans run defense. Both Pollard, an unrestricted free agent, and Ezekiel Elliott, a declining veteran with a big contract, have somewhat uncertain futures with the Cowboys, so depending on what happens in the offseason it's possible Davis will head into 2023 with a more prominent role.

Five carries in finale

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-01-09

Davis carried the ball five times for 19 yards in Sunday's loss to the Commanders.

The Cowboys offense ended the regular season with a whimper and scored only six points, while Davis' 19 rushing yards actually tied for the team lead. Heading into a wild-card round matchup with the Buccaneers, the undrafted rookie out of Florida remains firmly behind Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard on the depth chart, and Davis might only see action Monday if things have gone very well -- or very poorly -- for Dallas.

Solid with expanded workload

RotoWire Logo Published: 2022-12-29

Davis rushed 10 times for 39 yards and brought in both targets for 23 yards in the Cowboys' 27-13 win over the Titans on Thursday night.

Davis ended up being much more efficient than backfield mate Ezekiel Elliott, who gained just 39 yards on his 17 carries, albeit while also scoring a touchdown. The undrafted rookie's carry total was a career high, as were his rushing and receiving yardage tallies. Even if Tony Pollard (thigh) garners active status for the Week 18 road matchup against the Commanders a week from Sunday, Davis could still have a role in that game if the Cowboys limit the workload of their top two backs in that contest.

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