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Ernie Conwell thinks Vernon Davis is eventually going to bust out and have a monster game. With just five receptions for 87 yards after five games, it appears that Davis will be yet another under-utilized tight end in a Mike Martz-coordinated offense. There had been talk earlier in the year that Davis, despite his ability to run deep routes, would play more of a decoy role.

What’s confounding is that quarterback J.T. O’Sullivan, as inexperienced as he was entering the season, hasn’t relied on his tight end more. Tight ends are usually the security blankets for raw NFL quarterbacks. Perhaps Davis reaches his full value this weekend, but 49ers fans – and Davis’ fantasy owners – are surely frustrated at his lack of production.

Within this piece, it’s noted that Davis has taken on more pass-blocking duty than he expected.

Ann Killion writes that Mike Nolan’s play calling might be too vanilla.

Kentwan Balmer is still learning about leverage.

The 49ers will have to focus their attention on Correll Buckhalter now that Brian Westbrook is out for tomorrow’s matchup.

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