On Monday, May 17 Davis tweeted, “That 28 jersey looked so good at practice today,” prompting the Falcons’ social media team to reply with an action photo of Davis captioned, “Can DEFINITELY confirm.”
Now, the photo of Davis is going viral because of his noticeably massive thighs.
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Falcons Fans Reactions to Davis’ Massive Thighs
The Falcons’ backfield hasn’t produced a 1,000-yard rusher since Devonta Freeman in 2016, so Atlanta fans getting a glimpse at Davis and his leg day efforts seemed to be both shocked and excited.
The 5-foot-9, 215-pound tailback looks inhuman to some.
It also seems as if Davis did not have these things on him up until now, or nobody noticed them before, to which Davis later tweeted, “Always had big legs man lol no photoshop.”
It’s the hat that makes him look like “everyone’s uncle.”
Davis’s thighs look so big that one fan said they would put New York Giants’ star back Saquon Barkley’s “to shame.”
And here is an up-close and personal photo of his mammoth quads.
What’s Davis’ secret? Apparently, he doesn’t have one, telling another fan, “I legit just started lifting weights.”
Falcons Refuse to Name Davis as Their Starting Back
Unfortunately for Davis, having the biggest thighs on the backfield depth chart doesn’t automatically qualify him for the starting position.
According to the team’s new running backs coach, Desmond Kitchings, the running backs will have to prove themselves to earn the starting slot.
“You look at my room, I have some guys who still probably should have a chip on their shoulders to prove themselves,” Kitchings told reporters on May 10, via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Mike got an opportunity last year, but he hasn’t really been a feature guy. [Cordarrelle] Patterson is transitioning in his role. You have some guys like Qadree Ollison and Tony Brooks-James and these rookie free agents, they all should be chomping at the bit to prove they are a caliber game to help this team go win games as a ball carrier, pass protector and pass receiver out of the backfield.”
Heading into the 2021 NFL draft last month, the Falcons were still unclear as to who they’d turn to as their RB1, still they didn’t find one worth adding with any of their nine picks. Instead, Atlanta looked to free agency and rookie undrafted free agents.
“We didn’t draft a running back … so, if I’m in the room, personally, I’m seeing this opportunity like it’s an open-door policy, let’s go out here and compete,” Kitchings said.
Davis stepped up for the injured Christian McCaffrey last season with the Carolina Panthers, rushing for a career-high 642 yards and six touchdowns on 165 carries in 15 games (12 starts). This offseason, Davis will be up against Ollison, Brooks-James, Patterson, Caleb Huntley and Javian Hawkins for the Falcons’ No. 1 spot.
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