Kellen Davis
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Davis with the Chicago Bears
No. 87, 89, 47
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1985-10-11) October 11, 1985 (age 34)
Adrian, Michigan
Height:6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight:265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school:Adrian (MI)
College:Michigan State
NFL Draft:2008 / Round: 5 / Pick: 158
Career history
* Chicago Bears ( 2008 2012)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
* Super Bowl champion (XLVIII)
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:579
Receiving touchdowns:13
Player stats at

Kellen M. Davis[1] (born October 11, 1985) is a former American football tight end. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Michigan State.

College careerEdit

Davis was ranked among the nation's top 10 tight ends as a high school senior. He played college football at Michigan State, appearing in 43 games with 22 starts. He was an All Big-Ten honorable mention as a senior and totaled 60 receptions for 789 yards and 9 touchdowns over his career.[2] He was also notable for playing on all three units (offense, defense and special teams) during his senior year.[3]

Professional careerEdit

2008 NFL DraftEdit

Regarded as the most physically imposing tight end of the 2008 NFL Draft, concerns over his work ethic and pass production caused him to be projected as a mid-round selection[4]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 6½ in 262 lb32⅛ in9¾ in 4.59 s 1.53 s 2.62 s 4.38 s 7.25 s 34.0 in 9 ft 10 in 22 reps

Chicago BearsEdit

Davis was selected in the fifth round, 158th overall, by the Chicago Bears in the 2008 NFL Draft. He caught his first NFL pass (11 yards) and scored his first touchdown versus the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 20, 2009.

While he appeared in all 48 games in his first three seasons in the league, he was limited to 5 starts due to the lack of skills and the presence of Greg Olsen on the roster, a 1st round draft pick in 2007.

Following the trade of Olsen to the Carolina Panthers in 2011, Davis became the starting tight end. He had 18 receptions for 206 yards and 5 touchdowns in the 2011 season.[5] The 18 receptions marked the first time in 17 years that a Bears tight end failed to record 20 catches.[6]

The production of Davis was argued[7][8] to have been negatively affected by the offensive style of coordinator Mike Martz.

In 2012, Davis struggled with drops, and caught only 19 passes.[6] On March 13, 2013, he was released by the Bears.[9]

Cleveland BrownsEdit

On March 22, 2013 Davis signed with the Cleveland Browns.[10] He was released on September 1, 2013.

Seattle SeahawksEdit

On September 11, 2013 Davis signed with the Seattle Seahawks. In the 2013 season, he collected his first Super Bowl ring, as the Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.[11]

New York GiantsEdit

Davis signed with the New York Giants on April 4, 2014.[12] He was released during final roster cuts.

Detroit LionsEdit

Davis signed with the Detroit Lions on October 20, 2014.[13] He was waived on November 25, 2014[14] and re-signed on December 10, 2014[15]

New York JetsEdit

Davis was signed by the New York Jets on March 25, 2015.[16] On March 14, 2016, he was re-signed to a one-year deal. He was waived/injured by the Jets on November 12, 2016 and was placed on injured reserve.[17]


  1. "ESPN Profile".
  2. "Kellen Davis, Michigan State". Sports Reference LLC. December 12, 2008. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  3. "Kellen Davis, Michigan State". CBS Interactive. December 12, 2008. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  4. "Kellen Davis Combine Profile". May 12, 2008. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  5. "Kellen Davis, Chicago Bears". January 12, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mayer, Larry (February 19, 2013). "Bears want their tight ends to threaten defenses". Chicago Bears. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
  7. "Cut or Keep: Kellen Davis". NBC Chicago. February 24, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  8. "Lovie: Davis can be featured TE". February 24, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  9. Mayer, Larry (March 13, 2013). "Bears release tight end Kellen Davis". Chicago Bears. Retrieved March 13, 2013.
  10. Browns sign Kellen Davis, Chris Owens
  11. "Super Bowl XLVIII - Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos - February 2nd, 2014" (in en).
  12. Giants sign Free Agent TE Kellen Davis
  13. Mello, Igor. "Report: Lions sign TE Kellen Davis". CBS Sports. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
  14. Rothstein, Michael. "Detroit Lions promote Rodney Austin, cut Kellen Davis". ESPN. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
  15. Twentyman, Tim. "Lions place tight end Joseph Fauria on IR". Detroit Lions, Ltd.. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
  16. Lange, Randy (March 25, 2015). "Jets Add Kellen Davis to TE Corps". New York Jets. Archived from the original on March 26, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  17. Allen, Eric (November 12, 2016). "CB McDougle Joins Roster, TE Davis Waived/Injured".

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