One of the most interesting developments to come out of training camp for the 49ers so far has been the possibility of Vernon Davis seeing time at wide receiver. Davis has been lining up at receiver at times during practice, giving the indication that the Niners may view him as a candidate to play on the outside when needed this season.
Davis has always been a versatile threat in the passing game because of his size and speed, which make him a match up nightmare for defenses. The 49ers need Davis to be an active part of their game plan and will most likely move him around in different formations to help replace the production lost with the injury to Michael Crabtree.
Over the last six regular season games in 2012, Davis only caught 6 passes for 61 yards. Whether it was by design or it just took time to get in sync with Colin Kaepernick, Davis appeared to be an afterthought in the offense. That all changed in the playoffs, however, as Davis exploded for 12 catches with 254 yards and a touchdown in three games.
The Vernon Davis that was on display in the playoffs is the one the 49ers need in 2013. Other than Anquan Boldin, there are more questions than answers with the 49er pass catchers. Using Davis as a primary weapon will help the offense immensely. Davis, himself, will do whatever it takes to help the team.
“I’m willing to step up and do whatever they ask me to do,” Davis said. “They’ve been having me line up at wide receiver, pretty much all over the place. It’s a good thing that I get the opportunity to work with those guys because it not only helps me at the wide receiver position, it also helps me at the tight end position. My feet get quicker, my route-running is better.”
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