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Shanahan snaps up Davis

By Marla Published: October 27, 2010

James Davis really got his wish Wednesday.

The 2009 sixth-round pick from Clemson released by the Browns on Monday will get a chance to play for Mike Shanahan, a coach who has turned running backs drafted in later rounds into stars.

According to the Washington Post, the Redskins added Davis to their practice squad Wednesday.  While that might seem like a limited opportunity for Davis, the Redskins had only two running backs available Sunday -- Ryan Torain and Keiland Williams. The position has been plagued by injuries, especially to Clinton Portis.

On Monday afternoon, Davis tweeted, ''Finally was granted with my wish."

Davis, 5-foot-11 and 218 pounds, played in just two games in 2009 and carried nine times for 15 yards before suffering a shoulder injury in practice that ended his season. In 2010, Davis totalled nine yards on four attempts and had been inactive in three of the past four games.

While coaching the Denver Broncos from 1995-2008, Shanahan found the team's leading rusher in the depths of the draft. Those players included Terrell Davis (sixth rounder from Georgia, 1995), Olandis Gary (fourth-rounder from Georgia, 1999), Mike Anderson (sixth-rounder from Utah, 2000) and Peyton Hillis (seventh-rounder from Arkansas, 2008).

Hillis has become the Browns' workhorse this season with 460 yards (4.4 yards per carry) and five touchdowns. He's also their second-leading receiver with 27 catches for 193 yards and another score.



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