Kellen Davis

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Kellen Davis
Kellen Davis.JPG
Davis in the 2011 NFL season.
No. 47 New York Jets
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-10-11) October 11, 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth: Adrian, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight: 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school: Adrian (MI)
College: Michigan State
NFL draft: 2008 / Round: 5 / Pick: 158
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 8, 2015
Receptions: 51
Receiving yards: 562
Receiving touchdowns: 13
Stats at

Kellen M. Davis[1] (born October 11, 1985) is an American football tight end for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Michigan State.

College career[edit]

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 career[edit]

2008 NFL Draft[edit]

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 measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 6½ in 262 lb 32⅛ in 9¾ 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
All values from NFL Combine[5]

Chicago Bears[edit]

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 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.[6] The 18 receptions marked the first time in 17 years that a Bears tight end failed to record 20 catches.[7]

The production of Davis was argued[8][9] to have been negatively affected by the offensive style of coordinator Mike Martz.

In 2012, Davis struggled with drops, and caught only 19 passes.[7] On March 13, 2013, he was released by the Bears.[10]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

On March 22, 2013 Davis signed with the Cleveland Browns.[11] He was released on September 1, 2013.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

On September 11, 2013 Davis signed with the Seattle Seahawks. It was during this year that he collected his first Super Bowl ring, as the Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.

New York Giants[edit]

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

Detroit Lions[edit]

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 Jets[edit]

Davis was signed by the New York Jets on March 25, 2015.[16]


  1. ^ "ESPN Profile". 
  2. ^ "Kellen Davis, Michigan State". Sports Reference LLC. 2008-12-12. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  3. ^ "Kellen Davis, Michigan State". CBS Interactive. 2008-12-12. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  4. ^ "Kellen Davis Combine Profile". 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  5. ^ "Kellen Davis Combine Profile",, retrieved February 29, 2012 
  6. ^ "Kellen Davis, Chicago Bears". 2012-01-12. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  7. ^ a b Mayer, Larry (2013-02-19). "Bears want their tight ends to threaten defenses". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  8. ^ "Cut or Keep: Kellen Davis". NBC Chicago. 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  9. ^ "Lovie: Davis can be featured TE". 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  10. ^ Mayer, Larry (2013-03-13). "Bears release tight end Kellen Davis". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  11. ^ Browns sign Kellen Davis, Chris Owens
  12. ^ Giants sign Free Agent TE Kellen Davis
  13. ^ Mello, Igor. "Report: Lions sign TE Kellen Davis". CBS Sports. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  14. ^ Rothstein, Michael. "Detroit Lions promote Rodney Austin, cut Kellen Davis". ESPN. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  15. ^ Twentyman, Tim. "Lions place tight end Joseph Fauria on IR". Detroit Lions, Ltd. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  16. ^ Lange, Randy (March 25, 2015). "Jets Add Kellen Davis to TE Corps". New York Jets. Archived from the original on March 25, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2015. 

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