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Vernon Davis | Tight End

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/31/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 250
College: Maryland
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Vernon Davis was held without a catch in the 49ers' third preseason game.
There were not many passes to go around as Colin Kaepernick attempted just five throws on the night. Davis does not have a catch this preseason. The 49ers have promised to get him more involved this season, but as perhaps the third option on an offense sure to struggle, Davis is nothing more than a TE2. Aug 30 - 12:05 AM

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The 49ers promised Vernon Davis would be a bigger part of the offense this season.

ESPN's Paul Gutierrez expects Davis to re-emerge as an option in the red zone and be San Francisco's "breakout" player on offense. Davis is 31, but entering a contract year and coming off a strong offseason in which he didn't hold out of OTAs and minicamp. With sure-handed Michael Crabtree and Stevie Johnson gone, Davis and Anquan Boldin figure to be leaned on by Colin Kaepernick.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 28 - 9:29 AM

Vernon Davis said he feels "faster, more explosive" than he did last season.

"Right now, I feel like a rookie," Davis said, "been taking care of myself." Davis blames his struggles on a number of factors, including coaching and the players. He's since fired a financial advisor who talked him into holding out for more money last offseason. Now 31 and coming off the worst season of his career, Davis has a chance to bounce back as a seam-stretcher and red-zone threat.
Jul 31 - 12:58 PM

Vernon Davis blamed his lack of production last season on game planning.

"I wasn't really ever a factor in the offense last year," said Davis. "The first game, yeah. But the second game, the tight ends [weren't] really involved as a whole." After putting an emphasis on three-wide receiver sets in 2014, the Niners are going back to ground and pound. Davis is hoping for a bounce-back year under new tight ends coach Tony Sparano.
Jun 15 - 3:38 PM

49ers coach Jim Tomsula said Vernon Davis has "looked extremely fast" at OTAs.

Tomsula also said he's been "catching the ball really well." Davis skipped last year's offseason program because of a contract dispute and proceeded to have the worst season of his career. The 31-year-old has been "stretching the field" and could benefit from Colin Kaepernick's new emphasis on throwing deep. Davis has plenty to play for as his contract expires at the end of this season.
Jun 10 - 11:28 AM

GM Trent Baalke believes the addition of Torrey Smith will help Vernon Davis.

Davis is coming off a brutal season in which he averaged 3.57 targets in his 14 games and scored a grand total of two touchdowns. Now he's entering a contract year at age 31. In theory, Smith's raw speed should attract attention from safeties and open things up for Davis. But he's still only a TE2 flier as there's real concern he's fallen off the career cliff.
May 14 - 8:07 AM

Vernon Davis is participating in the 49ers' offseason program.

Davis held out of OTAs last year, leading to a career-worst 26/245/2 line. He also missed two games to injury and struggled as a run blocker. 31-year-old Davis is attempting to reestablish his value in a contract year.
Apr 11 - 9:27 PM

49ers GM Trent Baalke confirmed at the NFL Combine that Vernon Davis will be back with the team in 2015.

Davis' performance crumbled amid dysfunction in San Francisco last season. After scoring 13 TDs in 2013, Davis was mind-blowingly targeted once in the red zone in 2014. "It was an off year," Baalke said. "He realizes (that). The great thing about Vernon, he understands." After holding out last spring, Davis is expected to participate fully in the 49ers' offseason program.
Feb 18 - 3:45 PM

Vernon Davis promises he will participate in the 49ers' offseason program.

Davis skipped almost all of the 49ers' offseason last year before turning in a career-worst season. Davis turns 31 years old later this week and it's fair to wonder if he's reached his decline phase. He failed to produce in the passing game last season and even seemed to hit a wall as a run blocker.
Jan 26 - 3:48 PM

The Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows believes the 49ers' new head coach would likely be interested in retaining Vernon Davis.

Barrows writes, "At least two of the 49ers' head-coaching candidates expressed bewilderment that the 49ers couldn't get more than 245 yards and two touchdowns from Davis this past season." Davis was certainly misused in 2014, but he also took a big step back on the field. He struggled to get open, dropped passes when he did and missed several games with injuries. San Francisco could save almost $5 million against the 2015 cap by cutting Davis.
Jan 10 - 12:27 PM

CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco confirms Vernon Davis' roster spot on the 49ers "could be in jeopardy" entering the offseason.

Davis is owed nearly $5 million in salary and bonuses after a career-worst year. Once an adept blocker, Davis took a huge step back in that area and also had his least productive season as a pass catcher. Turning 31 years old later this month, we're skeptical Davis is still capable of helping a team.
Jan 9 - 2:47 PM

Vernon Davis managed one catch for nine yards in the 49ers' Week 17 win over the Cardinals.

A monumental disappointment in both fantasy and real life this season, Davis managed a 2014 receiving line of 26-245-2 while falling off precipitously as a blocker. When Davis doesn't even have his blocking to fall back on, it's fair to question his value to an NFL team. We'd hate to be Dynasty league owners of Davis, who turns 31 in January. It's entirely possible Davis' time as a fantasy asset is over.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 08:05:00 PM

Vernon Davis did not receive a target Week 16 against the Chargers.

The goose egg is misleading, as Davis had a 63-yard touchdown catch negated by penalty in the third quarter. Davis caught a bullet from Kaepernick down the seam and bullied his way into the end zone, but the play was called back by a chop block. Even though it did not count, the long catch showed Davis still has the playmaking ability that made him a fantasy star.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 12:37:00 AM

Vernon Davis was held without a catch on two targets in San Francisco's Week 15 loss to the Seahawks.

Davis' disappearance continues unabated. He'll now head into Week 16 the owner of a hard-to-believe 25/236/2 line as a pass catcher.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 07:45:00 PM

Vernon Davis secured 2-of-4 targets for 26 yards in the 49ers' Week 14 loss to the Raiders.

Davis noticeably had some solid blocks in this game, but continued to play a minimal passing-game role. He hasn't seen a single red-zone target since Week 1. Leave Davis on the waiver wire for a Week 15 date with Seattle.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 07:48:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Colin Kaepernick
2Blaine Gabbert
3Dylan Thompson
RB1Carlos Hyde
2Reggie Bush
3Kendall Hunter
4Mike Davis
5Kendall Gaskins
GLB1Carlos Hyde
2Reggie Bush
3RB1Reggie Bush
2Kendall Hunter
FB1Bruce Miller
WR11Anquan Boldin
2Bruce Ellington
3DeAndre Smelter
4Dres Anderson
5DiAndre Campbell
WR21Torrey Smith
2Quinton Patton
3Jerome Simpson
4DeAndrew White
WR31Quinton Patton
TE1Vernon Davis
2Vance McDonald
3Garrett Celek
4Blake Bell
5Rory Anderson
K1Phil Dawson