Panthers claim running back Mike Davis, waive returner Greg Dortch


CHARLOTTE -- The Panthers have claimed running back Mike Davis off waivers from the Chicago Bears. Davis was seldom-used in his short stint with the Bears, who signed the former South Carolina standout after a career year with the Seahawks.

A fourth-round draft choice of San Francisco in the 2015 draft, Davis is in his fifth NFL season. He spent the first two seasons of his career with San Francisco (2015-16) before playing two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks (2017-18).

Davis has played in 42 career games with 10 starts, totaling 245 rushes for 887 yards and five touchdowns to go along with 66 receptions for 430 yards and one touchdown. The best season of his career came in 2018 with Seattle when he set career highs in rushing yards (514), rushing attempts (112), rushing touchdowns (four), receptions (34), receiving yards (214) and receiving touchdowns (one).

To create an open roster spot, Carolina waived rookie returner Greg Dortch, who was signed off the New York Jets practice squad a couple weeks ago. Dortch appeared in one game for the Panthers. He was inactive this past Sunday against Green Bay.

The Panthers opted to use wide receiver DeAndrew White on kick returns and wide receiver DJ Moore on punt returns versus the Packers.

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