RB Najeh Davenport - Free Agent

6-1, 247Born: 2-8-1979College: MiamiDrafted: Round 4, pick 0

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2008 Week 9 vs WAS (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

His only carry of the game came on the team's first drive of the second half when he received a rush on a third and one play.

2008 Week 15 vs DET (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The veteran running back was signed on Tuesday to add depth to their banged up running back corpse. He returned five kickoffs for a 21.4 yard average.

2008 Week 17 vs TEN (8 / 26 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)

Davenport ran for 26 yards and caught 54 more to help backup Jim Sorgi feel at ease in his not very important but still a game nonetheless experience.

2007 Week 1 vs CLE (8 / 43 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)

Davenport saw time primarily on third downs, where he converted four for first downs on the afternoon, and put the Steelers in a position to convert another on fourth down. His effectiveness in this role may allow him to stay in that role and keep Willie Parker fresh for first and second downs. In addition to his use on third downs, the Steelers utilized Davenport to run out the clock in the fourth quarter.

2007 Week 2 vs BUF (6 / 46 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Davenport had one carry for no gain early in the third quarter. During the Steelers' final possession, he took five consecutive handoffs and gained 46 yards to close out the game. He caught two screen passes for eleven yards.

2007 Week 3 vs SF (5 / 47 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Davenport had two carries prior to garbage time. He gained a first down on a third and one play. He ran for 46 of his yards on three consecutive carries with the Steelers trying to run out the clock. He found a seam on the last of those carries and went 39 yards for a score. Davenport exhibited enough speed to outrun the defense once he broke through the hole. Davenport returned one kickoff for 12 yards.

2007 Week 4 vs ARI (2 / 15 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Both Davenport runs came on third and long situations.

2007 Week 5 vs SEA (7 / 58 / 2 rush, 4 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)

Davenport looked unstoppable on his 45 yard run, and nearly every time he touched the ball, Seattle had trouble taking him down. He appears to have cemented his role as third down back, as well as being the first consideration for goal line carries.

2007 Week 7 vs DEN (2 / 6 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Davenport had his lowest output of the season, only earning two carries and seeing no targets in the passing game.

2007 Week 8 vs CIN (8 / 23 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Davenport got quite a bit of work in the fourth quarter to help close out the game. He moved the chains on short yardage plays a couple of times.

2007 Week 9 vs BAL (11 / 34 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Davenport had two carries for 17 yards in the first half. He had a lot more carries in the second half as the Steelers pulled there starters, and tried to run down the clock. He had nine carries for 17 more yards in the second half.

2007 Week 11 vs NYJ (8 / 39 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 22 / 0 rec)

Davenport actually had a better YPC average than Willie Parker, 4.9 to 2.5, and also caught four passes for 22 yards. He is a punishing runner who can break tackles and provide a powerful change of pace to the speedier Parker.

2007 Week 12 vs MIA (3 / 2 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Davenport had three carries, two of them ending unhappily. In the second quarter, Davenport was dropped for a loss on fourth and short at the Miami 40, and in the third quarter, he was dropped for another loss on third and one at the Miami 25. Davenport also committed a holding penalty on a second quarter play that would have resulted in a 19 yard completion to Hines Ward.

2007 Week 14 vs NE (6 / 33 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 32 / 1 rec)

Davenport was a key component of the Steelers offense, converting a fourth and one situation and then later on a third and one. He also caught a 32 yard touchdown pass in the end zone for the Steelers' only touchdown of the game.

2007 Week 15 vs JAX (1 / -4 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)

Davenport's only attempt was a draw play on a third down and 15 play. Davenport had no chance and was immediately swallowed up for a four yard loss. He had two three yard receptions. Davenport returned two kickoffs for 42 yards.

2007 Week 16 vs STL (24 / 123 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 44 / 1 rec)

Davenport saw a lot more action then usual because starter Willie Parker got hurt very early in this game. Davenport who is a bigger and more physical runner then Parker, ran the ball well early, chewing up chunks of yards on each run, including a nice 14 run up the middle. He caught a 32 yard pass on a fake punt in the first quarter on what was a perfectly executed play. Davenport caught a 12 yard touchdown pass when QB Ben Roethlisberger checked down to him and he was able to break a tackle and cross the goal line. The Steelers were able to pound the ball on the Rams with Davenport in the first half as he had 12 carries for 65 yards. He also added 44 yards receiving and a touchdown for a big first half. Davenport got his second touchdown of the game on the Steelers opening drive of the second half with a one yard plunge into the end zone. He had 31 yards on that scoring drive, including an 18 yard run that was the biggest play of the drive. He looked comfortable as Pittsburgh's primary ball carrier and did a good of moving the chains. Davenport came out of the game early in the fourth quarter after it looked like he twisted his ankle. He would return to the game a few plays later after getting his ankle re-taped and ran effectively, including a 16 yard gain.

2007 Week 17 vs BAL (12 / 27 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Although some other Pittsburgh starters sat out the regular season finale, RB Najeh Davenport saw a significant amount of playing time in the first half in order to obtain some rhythm for the upcoming playoffs. Davenport has been the backup running back for much of the year but will be the featured back in the postseason for Pittsburgh because of RB Willie Parker's injury. Davenport was mediocre against the Ravens but the entire Steelers team looked unenthusiastic in the loss. Davenport needed three tries from one yard out to rush for his only score of the day. His last action came on the first drive of the second half for Pittsburgh.

2007 Week 18 vs JAX (16 / 25 / 2 rush, 4 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

Davenport could not get much going on the night. He tried to run directly at the strength of the Jaguars' defense, and only gained 25 yards on 16 carries. He did however score two touchdowns on short runs.

2006 Week 5 vs SD (2 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 32 / 0 rec)

Davenport saw his first action of the season last night, albeit brief. After picking up a yard on his first carry of the season, he cashed in a 32 yard screen pass in the second quarter up the left sideline to help set up Willie Parker's touchdown run. Davenport was later used on a third and one situation, but the Chargers' defensive line pushed C Jeff Hartings into Davenport's running lane and he lost a yard. Davenport also subbed in for injured return man Willie Reid and took a kick return back 26 yards.

2006 Week 6 vs KC (12 / 78 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

After three touches last week, Davenport saw his most action 12 carries and 78 yards. He spelled Parker in the second quarter and on his first carry ripped through a hole off right tackle, and was raced across the field towards the right sideline for a 48 yard gain, setting up Hines Ward's touchdown two plays later. Davenport had six carries on Pittsburgh's final offensive scoring drive in the late third, early fourth quarter, including another big gain for 18 yards. Most notably, Davenport received all four goal line carries and finally scored his first touchdown this season on fourth and one, falling backwards with the ball stretched out over his head. The play was ruled down at the one, but a Pittsburgh challenged reversed the call for a touchdown. Davenport also lined up as a kick returner, but did not receive a kick off.

2006 Week 7 vs ATL (1 / -1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

After a big game last week, Davenport was brought in while inside the red zone in the second quarter, but saw just one carry for negative one yard.

2006 Week 8 vs OAK (4 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Davenport had two gains of seven yards and two gains of minus six yards. He was stopped for minus two yards on a third and one from the Oakland 19, limiting Pittsburgh to a field goal, and was dropped for negative four yards on the Raiders' two yard line at the two minute warning in the fourth quarter. He was then flagged for false start on the next play. Davenport added 40 yards on kick returns.

2006 Week 9 vs DEN (2 / 17 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 57 / 0 rec)

Davenport had two runs of nine and eight, but he proved to be a worthy receiving back with 57 yards out of the backfield, mostly on fourth quarter check downs in the hurry up offense. But he also ran two successful screen plays, including one on second and 17, for a 19 yard pickup. He added one kick return for 23 yards.

2006 Week 10 vs NO (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Davenport was instrumental on kick return duties, collecting 97 yards on four attempts including a 40 yard return to open the game, setting Pittsburgh up at midfield for its first touchdown drive. He had two rushes for three yards and caught a nearly had a huge gain on a screen pass, but was tripped up for just a four yards.

2006 Week 11 vs CLE (2 / 11 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Davenport had only four offensive touches, two carries and two receptions for 27 total yards. He also had 20 kick return yards, but had a 48 yard kick return called back on a holding penalty. He left the game in the second half with a groin injury and CB Ike Taylor took his place on kick returns.

2006 Week 12 vs BAL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Davenport did not register a carry and only caught one pass, a screen, for ten yards. He dropped a screen pass on the opening drive and muffed a kickoff, but scooped it up to avoid the turnover. He was also the target of QB Ben Roethlisberger's second interception, but was unaware of the approaching pass and broke off his pattern, allowing CB Corey Ivy to intercept the screen pass. Davenport had 60 yards on four kick returns.

2006 Week 13 vs TB (6 / 8 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

Davenport was of little use to the running game, gaining eight yards on six carries, five of which were in mop of time late in the fourth quarter. He had two receptions for 22 yards and dropped another short pass on third and 10. He had one kick return for 21 yards.

2006 Week 14 vs CLE (14 / 62 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)

Davenport fumbled his first carry, but was given the ball back two plays later and took a draw up the middle for 13 yards. He replaced RB Willie Parker in the fourth quarter and pushed forward for 62 yards on 14 carries. He also had a 21 yard catch and run reception to help set up Parker's touchdown.

2006 Week 15 vs CAR (11 / 14 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 31 / 1 rec)

Davenport was ineffective on the ground with eleven rushes for only fourteen yards. His long gain was a six yard run. Davenport's impact came on his two receptions. Both came on screen passes in third and long situations. Davenport gained 18 yards and was stopped just short of the end zone on the first catch and scored a 13 yard touchdown on the second reception. Davenport returned one kickoff for 21 yards.

2006 Week 16 vs BAL (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Davenport was not a factor on offense for the Steelers but did play well returning kickoffs. He has one carry for one yard and two targets in the fourth quarter. Davenport had an end zone target on the last play of the game but the pass was nearly intercepted by Baltimore.

2006 Week 17 vs CIN (3 / 27 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Davenport came on in relief and had three consecutive carries for 27 yards with a long of 20 yards off left tackle into Bengals territory, but RB Willie Parker fumbled at Cincinnati's two yard line four plays later. He also had one kick return for 17 yards.

2005 Week 1 vs DET (3 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Davenport remains the clear backup to Ahman Green, as he had the only running back carries outside of Green. However, Green Bay was trying to catch up for most of the second half, and Davenport's three carries were his only touches in the game. All of Davenport's carries came before halftime.

2005 Week 2 vs CLE (8 / 36 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

With moderate success, Davenport was given a number of draw plays in the second half to try to catch the Browns off-guard and keep the drive going. In week one, Davenport had three attempts to Tony Fisher's zero, and again was given more opportunities in week one, with eight carries versus Fisher's two.

2005 Week 3 vs TB (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Davenport saw his carries in the third quarter.

2005 Week 4 vs CAR (4 / 10 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Davenport got all of the carries once Ahman Green left with an injury in the second half. The Packers were playing catch up though, so his carries were limited.

2005 Week 5 vs NO (12 / 54 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Davenport, starting for injured starter Ahman Green, had a pair of touchdown runs, but was forced to leave the game in the second quarter with a broken right ankle. The injury was sustained when Saints' LB Courtney Watson pulled Davenport down from behind on the tackle. Davenport started off the game with a three yard loss as he fumbled the hand off from Favre on his first carry of the game. He quickly bounced back and scored on a one yard run on the Packers' next possession. Davenport would add another touchdown run of four yards early in the second quarter before leaving the game. It appears the broken ankle will end the season for Davenport.